Chevrolet Trax LS FWD vs 2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring FWD
Quality and Value Analysis
2016 Chevy Trax LS and Mazda CX-3 Sport are comparatively priced. Chevy Trax is slightly more expensive at $20,300 MSRP, and Mazda CX-3 is $19,960 MSRP. Mazda has a better Residual value though, at 51% after 36 months, and 38% after 60 months. Chevy is just 46% after 36 months and 34% after 60 months. Mazda CX-3 also has a better fuel economy 29/35 (city/hwy) vs Chevrolet Trax 26/34. Fuel Capacity for the Chevy Trax is 2 gallons larger, but that doesn’t mean you will go longer without visiting the pump. Mazda and Chevrolet back these vehicles with the same 36 month/36,000 mile basic warranty and a 60 month/60,000 mile powertrain warranty. Based on Fuel Economy and price, Mazda CX-3 is the clear bargain here.
Performance and Engineering
Mazda CX-3 has a 2.0-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, DI Engine, which is more than enough to get you from here to there. Chevy Trax has Turbocharged 1.4-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, 4, DOHC, SEFI Engine which is smaller, but because it is a turbo, it gets 148 Torque @ 1,850 RPM compared to Mazda CX-3’s 146 Torque @ 2,800 RPM. That’s okay because Mazda CX-3 has 146 Horsepower @ 6,000 RPM, more than Chevy Trax’s 138 Horsepower @ 4,900 RPM. Mazda CX-3 has Front and Rear Disc Brakes to slow down those horses, Chevy Trax uses Front Disc and Rear Drum Brakes. Mazda CX-3 has Hill Start Assist, and Rear Stabilizer Bar, two features not available on the Chevrolet Trax. Mazda CX-3 also has a tighter turning diameter, which makes it better for driving in the city of Phoenix.
Safety and Security
Mazda CX-3 is still very new, and has not been rated by NHTSA for crash tests and safety ratings. Chevrolet Trax has very good safety ratings, scoring 5 stars in all categories except Rollover Safety Rating, getting 4 stars. Both vehicles come with Driver Dual Stage, Multiple Threshold Front Airbag, Front Passenger Dual Stage Multiple Threshold Front Airbag, Front Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags, Second Row Head Restraints, Vehicle Stability Control System, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor, Brake Assist, Tire Pressure Monitor, and Child Proof Rear Door Locks.
Comfort and Convenience
Mazda CX-3 and Chevrolet Trax both have many interior comfort and convenience features. Manual Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls for Audio, Map Lights, Rearview Camera, Telescopic Adjustable tilt Steering Column, Cargo Area Light, Driver’s side Vanity Mirror, Front Power Outlet, Rear Window Defroster, Floor Mats, Delayed Power Retention, Multi-Function Remote, and Exterior Temperature Guage come standard on both vehicles. Cruise Control and Steering Wheel Mounted Cruise Controls are only available for Mazda CX-3, so it’s going to be the better vehicle for long road trips. Mazda CX-3 also has a better Radio, AM/FM CD/MP3 Player with 6 speakers. Chevrolet Trax only has a standard AM/FM Stereo. Mazda CX-3 and Chevrolet Trax both have Rear Wiper, Remote Keyless Access System, Vehicle Theft Deterrent, Folding Side Mirrors, Power Side Mirrors, Tinted Glass, and Automatic Auto-Off Headlights. Both Vehicles have 16′ All-Season Tires, but only Mazda CX-3 has Alloy Wheels.
Based on this report, the Mazda CX-3 is the clear choice for Phoenix drivers.