2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Mazda CX-3 Comparison
2019 Honda HR-V
Starting Price: $21,515 | Price yours
Above Average: Good ground clearance, spacious interior, great fuel economy
Below Average: Somewhat underpowered and noisy, lacks standard safety features at the entry level
Consensus: The 2019 Honda HR-V is the workhorse of the subcompact SUV scene, with one of the most spacious interiors for a vehicle with its footprint.
2019 Mazda CX-3
Starting Price: $21,365 | Price yours
Above Average: Athletic handling, tons of cargo space when you fold down the back seats, striking styling and luxury interior appointments
Below Average: Back seat room is tight, not great for off-roading, no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
Consensus: The 2019 Mazda CX-3 melds great handling with luxury touches and wraps it in an affordable package.
The 2019 Honda HR-V combines a wealth of space, practicality and nice-enough interior to make it a good subcompact SUV. For 2019 the Honda HR-V gets some updated styling and, for those who can’t stand the sliding volume control on most Honda infotainment systems, a volume knob! They’ve also added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To get safety features like forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning, you have to step up to the EX trim level. The HR-V feels somewhat underpowered and its 141-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine tends to feel somewhat sluggish when paired with Honda’s CVT transmission. The ride, however, is comfortable and smooth. The interior space on the 2019 HR-V is ample for such a small SUV. Honda’s Magic Seat flips up so you can carry taller items in the second row, which makes the interior feel especially spacious. On the other hand, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 feels a touch cramped in the second row. For 2019 the CX-3 gets a new electronic parking brake that frees up more space, the front seats have been redone to make them more comfortable, and the Mazda gets a slight engine tweak for efficiency and to make it a bit quieter. On the road the CX-3 is engaging and fun to drive. You can opt for all-wheel drive at the higher trim and the interior at any level feels surprisingly upscale. Things like pushbutton start and available leather seating make it feel like a more luxurious SUV than some of its competitors.
Small subcompact SUVs that offer function and style at a very good price.
2019 Honda HR-V Advantages
Ample interior space, a comfortable ride with natural-feeling steering. The addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also a bonus.
2019 Mazda CX-3 Advantages
Great styling, luxurious interior, quiet and efficient engine, and athletic, fun-to-drive handling.
While the 2019 Mazda CX-3 has great styling and athletic handling, it falls behind the 2019 Honda HR-V in terms of practicality. The interior space in the Honda HR-V makes it useful for hauling people and their stuff from point A to point B even if the engine is somewhat laggy.
|2019 Honda HR-V||2019 Mazda CX-3|
|Engine||1.8-liter I4||2.0-liter I4|
|Horsepower||141 hp @ 6,000 rpm||148 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||127 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm||146 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable||6-spd automatic|
|Fuel Economy||30 mpg (28 city, 34 hwy)||29 mpg (34 city, 31 hwy)|
|Warranty||3 years or 36,000 miles||3 years or 36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 stars||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5 passengers||5 passengers|
|Wheelbase||102.8 inches||101.2 inches|
|Overall Length||170.4 inches||168.3 inches|
|Width||69.8 inches||68.1 inches|
|Height||63.2 inches||60.7 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.4 feet||34.8 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.5 inches||38.4 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.3 inches||37.2 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.2 inches||41.7 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||39.3 inches||35.0 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||56.8 inches||53.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||54.5 inches||50.4 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||100.1 cu. ft.||87.6 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||58.8 cu. ft.||44.5 cu. ft.|