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

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Winner: 2018 Mazda CX-3

The base Mazda CX-3 Sport in front-wheel drive format costs $20,110 before factoring in options. Standard equipment on the entry-level CX-3 includes safety features like a rearview camera and low-speed automatic emergency braking, along with convenience items like a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth and six speakers. Adding all-wheel drive costs $1,250 on any of the three available trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The Sport trim offers the best balance of value and available features.

Meanwhile, the CX-5 Sport has a starting price of $24,150. Adding optional all-wheel drive pushes the price upward by $1,300. Standard features on the CX-5 include a wealth of safety equipment, such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and low-speed automatic braking.

When it comes to saving money, the less-expensive CX-3 is the winner for SUV buyers on a budget.

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