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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 all in an affordable package.
 

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2019 Chevrolet Trax

Starting Price: $22,195 | Price yours

Above Average: Advanced driver safety and assistance, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come at the entry level, peppy and fun to drive, optional all-wheel drive

Below Average: Low resale value, higher ownership costs, midpack fuel economy

Consensus: The 2019 Chevrolet Trax takes the efficiency and affordability of a subcompact car and puts it in a subcompact SUV format.
 

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 offers a good combination of styling and function for the right price. While it may feel a bit cramped in the second row, it offers great handling and luxury touches inside. 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 it gets a slight engine tweak for efficiency and noise reduction. 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. The 2019 Chevrolet Trax is a compact SUV packed with good technology and driver safety and assistance packages. On the road it feels nimble, and the front seats are comfortable for long weekend jaunts. While it’s not super quiet at highway speeds, it’s quiet enough to have conversations via Bluetooth. The Trax comes with built in 4G LTE wiifi in case your passengers want to surf the web while you drive, and the Trax’s modern, attractive interior has with ample room for passengers and their cargo.

Similarities

Attractive small SUVs that offer great driving characteristics and comfort for 5 people.

2019 Mazda CX-3 Advantages

Great styling inside and out, luxurious interior, quiet and efficient engine, and athletic, fun-to-drive handling.  

2019 Chevrolet Trax Advantages

In-car wi-fi, impressive list of standard safety and driver assistance features, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Final Recommendation

The Mazda CX-3 edges out the Chevrolet Trax in this comparison because of its price-to-value ratio and because the cost of ownership is less than the Trax. The CX-3 is also more fuel-efficient than the Trax. Sure, the CX-3 doesn’t come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but if you go with the Chevy, be ready to shell out more money over the life of the car.

  2019 Mazda CX-3 2019 Chevrolet Trax
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.0-liter I4 1.4-liter I4
Horsepower 148 hp @ 6,000 rpm 138 hp @ 4,900 rpm
Torque 146 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm 148 lb-ft @ 1,850 rpm
Transmission 6-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 29 mpg (34 city, 31 hwy) 28 mpg (25 city, 33 hwy)
Also Available NA NA
Specs    
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 101.2 inches 100.6 inches
Overall Length 168.3 inches 167.6 inches
Width 68.1 inches 69.9 inches
Height 60.7 inches 64.9 inches
Turning Diameter 34.8 feet 35.4 feet
Headroom, Front 38.4 inches 39.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.2 inches 38.8 inches
Legroom, Front 41.7 inches 40.8 inches
Legroom, Rear 35.0 inches 35.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 53.5 inches 54.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 50.4 inches 52.8 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 87.6 cu. ft. 92.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 44.5 cu. ft. 48.4 cu. ft. 
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