2021 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2021 Mazda CX-5: Worth the Upgrade?

2021 Mazda CX-3 front 3/4 view (top) / 2021 Mazda CX-5 front 3/4 view (bottom)
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CX-3 vs. CX-5: Which Is Better?

The 2021 CX-5 is the top-selling Mazda vehicle, and might be a top choice for motorists in the market for a compact SUV – but is it really that much better than its subcompact sibling, the 2021 CX-3?

Both of these SUVs get good gas mileage and offer great agility in their respective segments. They're also fairly reliable, very safe, and offer upscale interiors.

The Mazda CX-5 came to market in the 2013 model year and was fully redesigned in 2017. The 2021 model year saw notable upgrades to the standard tech and safety features included, such as a larger touch screen and smartphone integration. This impressive compact SUV is ranked No. 2 among compact SUVs, crossover SUVs, and SUVs with two rows.

The CX-3 came to market for the 2016 model year and has seen a number of additions, including upgrades to some of its safety systems for the 2021 model. Even though it's smaller, the CX-3 still features Mazda's incredibly fun driving dynamics and upscale interior. The 2021 CX-3 is ranked No. 9 out of 20 subcompact SUVs. Being the smallest ute in Mazda's lineup, the CX-3 is a worthy contender for drivers prioritizing value, practicality, and fun.

Keep in mind that our rankings and reviews are constantly changing as new data becomes available. As a result, the information in this article may not reflect our most up-to-date rankings and reviews.

Read on to learn how these similar SUV siblings differ, and whether it's worth the upgrade from the CX-3 to the larger CX-5.

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