2018 Mazda CX-3

2018 Mazda CX-3

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2017 Mazda CX-5


Starting Price

29 mpg city

Maximum City MPG

24 mpg city
34 mpg highway

Maximum Highway MPG

31 mpg highway
44.4 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

59.6 cubic feet

More About the Mazda CX-3 More About the Mazda CX-5 View Offers

We know that pitting the 2018 Mazda CX-3 against the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is only going to highlight the best that both can offer. These aren’t rivals — they’re two exceptional crossover models made with very different drivers in mind. To understand which will fit your needs and wants, we’ve put together this quick and easy comparison.

Power and Efficiency

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 uses a peppy SKYACTIV®1-G 2.0L DOHC engine that produces 146 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque across all trim levels. The Mazda CX-3 makes up to 29 mpg city/34 mpg highway with FWD or up to 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway with AWD, it’s more efficient than the 2017 Mazda CX-5, which offers up to 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway with FWD or 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway with AWD.

Of course, the Mazda CX-5 is significantly more powerful, with up to 187 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, allowing you to tow up to 2,000 pounds.

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

Standard Features

Both the 2018 Mazda CX-3 and the 2017 Mazda CX-5 bring a variety of upscale features to the table as standard, including:

  • Remote keyless illuminated entry system with “answer back” feature
  • Air conditioning with pollen filter
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Seven-inch full-color touchscreen display

That said, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is slightly more comprehensive, with a rearview camera and speed-sensitive power door locks with two-stage unlocking coming standard.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Interior

2017 Mazda CX-5 Interior

Interior and Exterior Dimensions

The agile little 2018 Mazda CX-3 is great for zipping nimbly around the city, so it’s ideal for those who regularly commute from Joliet, Plainfield, or Aurora into central Chicago.

But if you’re more interested in cabin space, the Mazda CX-5 will stand out. It provides up to 30.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats or up to 59.6 cubic feet with rear row folded. The Mazda CX-3 offers just 12.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats or 44.5 cubic feet with rear row folded.

2018 Mazda CX-3 Accolades

  • 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA

2017 Mazda CX-5 Accolades

  • 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA
  • 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+
2018 Mazda CX-3 Interior

Interior of 2018 Mazda CX-3

Find Your Next Crossover at Continental Mazda of Naperville

Here at Continental Mazda of Naperville, we’ve helped hundreds of drivers choose between the Mazda CX-3 and the Mazda CX-5, so contact us today for some friendly advice. If your mind is already made up, you can apply for financing today.

Why Buy at Continental Mazda of Naperville?

  • 72-Hour Exchange Policy
  • 110% Price Guarantee
  • Full Service and Detail Center — we work on all makes and models!


*MSRP excludes tax, title, license fees, and destination charge of $875 (Alaska $920). Model shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary.

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