2018 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2018 Mazda CX-5: Worth the Upgrade?

2018 Mazda CX-3, 2018 Mazda CX-5
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Which Mazda SUV Is Best for You?

Mazda has a great habit of making even its most practical cars and SUVs fun to drive, especially when the road gets twisty. You don’t normally expect sports-car-like handling in a family-friendly SUV, but it’s here in both the 2018 Mazda CX-3 and CX-5. These Mazda SUVs combine excellent driving dynamics with the higher ride height, available all-wheel drive, and cargo versatility people want when buying or leasing a brand-new SUV.

The five-passenger CX-3 is the smaller of the two and, ultimately, it offers a touch less space inside for passengers and cargo. The smaller proportions of the CX-3 could be an advantage for city-dwellers, or anyone who lives where space for parking is at a premium. It also carries a lower base price, and stretches more miles from a gallon of gas, courtesy of its peppy and frugal four-cylinder engine.

The CX-5 is not what we’d call a fuel hog, of course. Despite its larger proportions, the CX-5 is only a few mpgs shy of the CX-3’s fuel economy figures. While it offers two rows of seats, like the CX-3, the CX-5 offers a much larger cargo area and more stretch-out space for passengers in the second row. When it comes to safety scores and other important SUV buying factors, these two Mazdas start to run neck-and-neck.

Which is the better SUV? This one was extremely close but, in the end, a clear winner emerges from within the Mazda SUV family tree.

Keep in mind that the scores mentioned in this slideshow are subject to change as we update our reviews with the latest expert opinions and data.

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