2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Mazda CX-3
2019 Mazda CX-9 2019 Mazda CX-3


2.5L I4 2.0L I4


227 148

  MPG (City/Highway)

22/28 * 29/34 *


6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic

2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Mazda CX-3

Serving Troy, MI

Mazda has always been acclaimed for producing fun-to-drive vehicles, with a refined focus on fuel efficiency. This holds true for its crossovers, which, despite adopting a body style that makes them look like SUVs, are easy for daily commuters to get into and drive. At the opposite ends of the spectrum, size-wise are the 2019 CX-9 and the 2019 CX-3. The CX-9 is a mid-size crossover and the largest one that the Mazda has to offer, and the CX-3 is a subcompact crossover and the smallest that the Mazda has to offer.


Both the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Mazda CX-3 use powertrain technologies under their manufacturer’s SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY family, which are implemented for ensuring greater fuel efficiency than models of years past. The CX-9 is powered by a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that, when joined by the 6-speed SKYACTIV®-Drive automatic transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain, produces a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. On the CX-3, there’s a smaller, 2.0-liter SKYACTIV®-G I4 instead of the 2.5-liter; fuel economy peaks at 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Ultimately, both vehicles are often praised for impressive fuel economy numbers. The CX-3, though, wins the upper hand not just in terms of fuel economy as obviously pointed out, but also in terms of maneuverability and sporty handling due to its smaller size.


In 2016, the older CX-9 entered its second generation of production. In the same year, Mazda introduced the CX-3. For 2019, both vehicles stick with the same exterior design, although the CX-3 does get a slightly restyled body. The CX-9 is remarkably shorter than the first-generation model, but rides on a longer wheelbase, resulting in shorter front and rear overhangs. Overall, both crossovers have sleek profiles with smooth rooflines, rear spoilers, dual exhaust outlets, power side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, and standard alloy wheels to optimize their sporty appeal.


Both the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Mazda CX-3 are stocked with technology and safety features. On the CX-9, at the base level, you can expect features such as tri-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, remote keyless illuminated entry with an “answer back” feature, push-button start, Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, six-speaker audio, HD Radio™, MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment integration, two USB ports and an auxiliary audio jack for connecting mobile devices, and a 7-inch full-color touchscreen. The base-level CX-3 is almost as well-equipped as its bigger sibling; missing, however, are features like the tri-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio™, and a USB port. Moreover, the CX-9 has three rows of seats to accommodate up to seven people, while the CX-3 has two rows of seats to accommodate up to five.

Ready to try out the 2019 versions of the Mazda CX-9 or the CX-3 for yourself? Come on over to our dealership in Troy, Michigan, to test-drive either of the two vehicles and meet with one of our sales specialists. We will be more than happy to assist you with the right Mazda car for you.

* EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.