2016 Honda HR-V 2WD EX CVT vs 2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring FWD
Quality and Value Analysis
Maybe you wouldn’t consider upgrading from 2016 Honda HR-V to 2016 Mazda CX-3. They are similar vehicles, but Mazda CX-3 is the right choice for Phoenix drivers. Base MSRP is almost identical. Honda may have a better residual value, but Mazda has a better Fuel Economy for City Drivers (29 vs 28). HR-V and CX-3 are equal in Highway fuel economy (35) and combined Fuel-Economy (31). Both vehicles have a basic 36 month/36,000 mile warranty and a 60 month/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
Performance and Engineering
Mazda CX-3 is the clear choice here. Mazda CX-3’s 2.0-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, DI Engine is more powerful than Honda HR-V’s 1.8-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, SOHC, SEFI Engine. Mazda CX-3 has 146 horsepower @ 6,000 RPM, Honda HR-V has 141 horsepower @ 6,500 RPM. Mazda also has more torque: 146 @ 2,800 RPM compared to Honda’s 127 @ 4,300. The only think Honda has going for it, is a slightly larger fuel capacity. Phoenix drivers who make a lot of U Turns will appreciate Mazda CX-3’s 34.8 Turning Diameter over Honda HR-V’s 37.4 Turning Diameter.
Safety and Security
We can’t really compare crash ratings because at this time Mazda CX-3 hasn’t been rated by NHTSA. Honda HR-V has top marks here, scoring 4 stars on Front Driver, Front Passenger, Overall Frontal, Rollover Safety Ratings, and 5 Stars on Front Side, Rear Side, Overall, Overall Side, Overall Side Barrier, and Side Pole Crash Safety Ratings. Both vehicles have standard SRS Airbags Driver, Front Passenger, Front Side, and Side Curtain Airbags. Vehicle Stability Control System, Traction Control, Brake Assist, Tire Pressure Monitor, and Childproof Rear Door Locks are all standard for Mazda and Honda.
Comfort and Convenience
Honda HR-V comes standard with Automatic Climate Control, which isn’t available on Mazda CX-3. Other than that, interior features are pretty much the same. Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Cruise Control, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio & Cruise Control, Map Lights, Rearview Camera, Telescopic Steering Column, Drivers Side Illuminated Vanity Mirror, Front Power Outlet, Rear Window Defroster, Floor Mats, Delayed Power Retention, Multi-function Remote, and Exterior Temperature Gauge are all standard. Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V Have AM/FM Radio Seek, Scan, Speed Sensitive Volume and 6 Speakers total. CD Player/MP3 Player. Standard Beverage Holders, Cargo Area Tie-Downs, Console Storage, Door Pocket Storage, and Seatback Storage are standard. Underseat Storage, and Stereo Anti-Theft are standard options on Honda that are not available for Mazda.
Power Moonroof is standard on Honda, and optional on Mazda. Rear Wiper, Keyless entry, Theft Deterrent, Folding Side Mirrors, Heated Exterior Mirrors, Tinted Glass, Automatic Headlights, Auto-off Headlights are standard on both vehicles. Privacy Glass and Fog Lights are not available on Mazda. Honda and Mazda have Alloy Wheels. Honda HR-V has 17′ Wheels with M+S Tires, Mazda CX-3 has 16′ Wheels with All-Season Tires.
Honda HR-V seems to have an edge in a cooler weather environment, but here in Phoenix, Arizona, Mazda CX-3 has everything that you really need. See our Mazda Dealer for more information about the 2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring.