2019 Mazda CX-3 vs 2019 Honda HR-V
2019 Mazda CX-3 2019 Honda HR-V
  148 141
Front Leg Room
  41.7 in. 41.2 in.
City MPG *
  29 28

2019 Mazda CX-3 vs 2019 Honda HR-V

Serving Troy, MI

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is part of the first CX-3 generation, which was introduced for 2016. In the opposite corner, similarly, the Honda HR-V is part of the first HR-V generation, also introduced for 2016. The CX-3 comes available in 3 trim levels, Sports Touring, and Grand Touring, while the HR-V comes in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. We’ll take a closer look at both models, and you can see why we believe that out of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Honda HR-V battle the CX-3 comes out the winner.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine, producing 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a CVT automatic. Meanwhile, the CX-3 is powered by a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine, which manages to produce 148 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The CX-3 can keep up the speed on the highway, and steering and handling is a forte of CX-3. Mazda stated that it’s returned the CX-3’s suspension with new control arms, shocks, and bushings to better the car’s road responses. The car also has a torque-control system which varies power to the front wheels to help smooth out the ride. While the HR-V has its strong points too, being able to handle large potholes and being competent at city speeds when it comes to highway speeds it can struggle a little bit. When it comes to fuel economy, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 manages once again to impress. While the 2019 Honda HR-V has impressive fuel economy figures too, being rated at 26 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined, the CX-3 takes things that little bit further, getting better figures at 29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined.


The Honda HR-V manages to pack a lot of tech, most trim levels being well equipped. On the other hand, however, Mazda CX-3 doesn’t lack features, even at its least expensive trim level. The base HR-V LX features a 5.0-inch display for the audio system, 18-inch alloy wheels, and power features. On the other hand, the base CX-3 Sport includes a wide range of functions: 16-inch wheels, a 7.0-inch infotainment system with touchscreen, keyless ignition, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, cloth upholstery, blind-spot monitors, as well as low-speed automatic emergency braking which is coupled with forward-collision warnings. Also, there is also an option package available which adds cruise control, LED headlights, lane departure warnings, and full-speed automatic emergency braking.


The Honda HR-V has a simple exterior, blending coupe and crossover design elements. On the other hand, Mazda CX-3 manages to impress with its sleek hatchback look, maintaining a fresh appearance, while at the same time avoiding the surface clutter. Both models have an honest look, but the CX-3 remains more engaging. As far as the interior goes, the HR-V presents a tidy cabin, with simple lines that contrast the busy exterior. On the other hand, the cabin of the CX-3 mixes monochrome-lit gauges with excellent materials.

If you’re not convinced or you want to learn more about the CX-3, contact or visit our dealership. Our staff is equipped to answer all your inquiries and questions about the model and its features and will make sure that you’re up to speed when it comes to what the vehicle has to offer. Moreover, if you want to experience the car and see how it performs, you can arrange a test drive and take the driver seat on the 2019 Mazda CX-3. Our professional staff makes the customer experience a priority.

* Actual mileage may vary.