2020 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2020 Mazda CX-5: Worth the Upgrade?

Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5
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CX-3 vs. CX-5: Which Mazda Crossover Offers the Most Bang for Your Buck?

The Mazda CX-3 and CX-5 are both solid small crossovers. These SUVs offer good gas mileage, high safety scores, premium cabins, and terrific driving dynamics. However, they differ in some key areas, like price, features, and passenger and cargo space.

The Mazda CX-3 came to market as an all-new subcompact crossover for the 2016 model year. It has never been completely redesigned, though it has seen updates over the years. For 2020, it gets notable upgrades, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which both come standard, and a host of standard advanced driver assistance technologies.

The CX-5 came to market for the 2013 model year. Like the CX-3, it has seen many updates, though it also underwent a full redesign for 2017. The 2020 model remains relatively unchanged, aside from some new standard active safety systems. The CX-5 saw some major upgrades in 2019, however, such as a turbo-four engine option and available smartphone app integration. It currently holds the second-place position in our compact SUV rankings, just a decimal behind our 2020 Best Compact SUV for the Money award winner – the Honda CR-V.

We use U.S. News Best Cars reviews and scoring data to compare these small crossover SUVs in the categories that matter most to car shoppers. Use the information in this article – along with your priorities – to decide whether the Mazda CX-3 or CX-5 is best for you.

It’s important to note that we constantly update our scores and rankings as new data and expert research become available. For this reason, the scores in this article may not match up with the scores in our rankings and individual vehicle reviews.

Continue reading to learn which small Mazda SUV wins this battle.

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