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2016 Mazda CX-3 vs Honda HR-V | Webster, TX

Two New Compact SUVs Go Head-to-Head: 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V

Compact SUVs are quickly becoming an in-demand vehicle. This is because truly are the best blend between a crossover SUV and a full-sized sedan. This year, Mazda has decided to throw their hat in the ring by bringing the 2016 Mazda CX-3 to the market. But how does this compact SUV compare to the competition? At Mazda of Clear Lake, we’ve put together a 2016 Mazda CX-3 competitor comparison so you can see the 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V in Webster, TX.

Both of these compact SUVs carry the same sporty and aggressive stance as their bigger SUV brothers. They both also have similar lines and flows across the body, from the streamlined headlights to the sporty spoilers on the back, which helps with aerodynamics. But, no matter how alike they seem on the outside, the inside is where you start to see the biggest differences between the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V.

Starting under the hood, the Mazda CX-3 comes with a 2.0L engine that is capable of up to 146 horsepower and 146 lbs.-ft. of torque. The Honda HR-V comes with a smaller engine, a 1.8L engine, and will only give you up to 141 horsepower and 127 lbs.-ft. of torque. The Honda HR-V is available with either a 6-speed manual transmission, only on the front-wheel drive model, or a Continuously Variable Transmission. The Mazda CX-3 only offers a 6-speed automatic transmission in a FWD or an AWD version. Each of these SUVs will give you 27/32 MPG* city/hwy with AWD, but you will still get more power behind the pedal with the Mazda CX-3.

The interior styling of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is impressive, with available soft touch padded leather surfaces, metallic and colored panels and accents, and leather and suede seating. The Honda HR-V comes with available leather-trimmed seats, but they aren’t nearly as luxurious without the added suede accents. When you upgrade to a higher trim on both vehicles you are offered the same additional features, such as a sunroof (called a moonroof on the HR-V), heated side mirrors, and paddle shifters.

In terms of audio and entertainment, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 has an advantage over the 2016 Honda HR-V. No matter which trim you choose for the Mazda CX-3, you will get a 7-inch touchscreen with control dial. In the HR-V, you only get a touchscreen in the higher trims, otherwise you are limited to a 5-inch color LCD screen. In the Mazda CX-3, you can access your audio, rearview camera, and smartphone integration features through the touchscreen, which gives you access to audio text messages as well as internet radio.

It is clear in this 2016 Mazda CX-3 competitor comparison in Webster, TX, that you get more on a lower trim with the Mazda CX-3, but there are even more features available in the Mazda that aren’t available in any trim offered by the Honda HR-V. For example, to help keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 comes with a head-up display that will project navigation, speed, or music information right in your line of sight. There are also driver assist features available on the Mazda CX-3 that you won’t find on the 2016 Honda HR-V, such as Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

If you are looking to get behind the wheel of a compact SUV this year, then we hope this competitor comparison, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Honda HR-V in Webster, TX, will help you make the right decision. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will be arriving this fall to Mazda of Clear Lake, so call today for more information.

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* Based on 2015 EPA-estimates




  • 2016 Mazda CX-3
  • 2.0L Engine
  • 146 Horsepower
  • 146 lbs.-ft. of Torque
  • 27/32 MPG* CityHwy

  • 2016 Honda HR-V
  • 1.8L Engine
  • 141 Horsepower
  • 127 lbs.-ft. of Torque
  • 27/32 MPG* City/Hwy