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2016 Honda HR-V vs 2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Honda HR-V (FWD w/CVT) 2016 Mazda CX-3 (FWD)
141-hp, 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder Engine 146-hp, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder
8.3 city / 6.7 highway* Fuel Economy (L/100 km) 8.2 city / 6.7 highway
2,835 litres Passenger Volume 2,492 litres
688 litres / 1,665 litres Cargo Volume / Max Cargo Volume 452 litres / 1,528 litres

2016 Honda HR-V vs 2016 Mazda CX-3

The 2016 model year has been a big one all across the automotive industry. There have been many new and redesigned vehicles released since the model year started, continually impressing those seeking a new car. Two of the more popular vehicles that are new for 2016 happen to both fall into the compact crossover SUV class: the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3.

Both the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 were highly anticipated before their releases. Drivers were looking forward to vehicles that offer a near perfect cross between the sedan and full-sized SUV. These models, of course, blew everyone away since they were released, and ever since, the HR-V and CX-3 continue to dominate their segment. So, for those looking for a prime crossover vehicle, which model is a better choice?

We’ll take a look at the 2016 Honda HR-V vs 2016 Mazda CX-3 to help give you an idea about how these two vehicles are both similar and different. First off, the design of both the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 is incredibly similar. In fact, it would probably be difficult to tell them apart from a distance. Each is a sleek, stylish crossover with premium features both inside and out.

These two compact SUVs also have very similar performance and efficiency. Both have 4-cylinder engines with a similar amount of power and both vehicles’ fuel economy ratings are about the same (when equipped with front-wheel drive and when the HR-V features the CVT). It’s pretty clear the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 have a lot in common, but how are they different?

Key Difference Between the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Honda HR-V interior features and technology

The biggest area where the 2016 Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 differ is in the interior space. If we look at the numbers, there is quite a bit more passenger space in the HR-V than the CX-3, despite the fact that both vehicles have seating for 5 passengers. There is also quite a bit more passenger space behind the rear seats in the Honda HR-V than the Mazda CX-3. If you fold the rear seats down in each model, you’ll still get much more space for cargo in the HR-V than the CX-3.

Overall, there are many similarities between the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2016 Mazda CX-3, so you may still be on the fence about which model is the best fit for your needs and lifestyle. If you are still unsure which vehicle is right for you, we recommend taking each for a test drive. You can find the 2016 Honda HR-V right here at Wheaton Honda in Edmonton, AB. If you’d like to learn more about the new HR-V and schedule your test drive, fill out the form below and we’ll be happy to assist you.


*Estimated fuel economy based on Government of Canada’s 5-cycle testing method. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors – use for comparison only.

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