2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

When we present model comparisons to our readers, we normally put one of our Mazda vehicles against a competing brand’s model. We thought that we would switch things up a little for this one and compare two of our own vehicles: the 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5. We love both of these models the same, but we are frequently asked what are the differences between the two, and we want our customers to drive away happy in the right vehicle!

One of the most significant differences between the 2016 Mazda CX-3 and 2016 Mazda CX-5 is the overall size. The 168-inch 2016 Mazda CX-3 is the smallest model in Mazda’s crossover lineup and is classified as a compact model. It offers a cargo volume ranging between 12 and 44 cubic feet. Also considered a compact crossover is the 2016 Mazda CX-5, which is 10 inches longer than the 2016 Mazda CX-3. This extra length gives a larger cargo volume of 34 to 64 cubic feet.

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2016 Mazda CX-3

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2016 Mazda CX-5
SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT Engine Options

SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT

SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT
29 mpg city, 35 mpg highway Automatic Transmission FWD Fuel Economy 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway

Front-wheel drive

All-wheel drive
Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive

All-wheel drive
44 cubic feet Max. Cargo Volume 64 cubic feet

2016 Mazda CX-3 and 2016 Mazda CX-5 Engine

Besides the dimensions, there are some differences between the engines for the 2016 Mazda CX-3 and 2016 Mazda CX-5. Both models feature SKYACTIV® technology, which was developed by Mazda to provide the most amount of power while retaining an optimal fuel economy.

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is outfitted with a 146 horsepower SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT. This engine allows for an estimated fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg highway.

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 can also be equipped with the same engine, though the horsepower is increased to 155 ponies. While the engine is only available in an automatic format for the 2016 Mazda CX-3, it is a manual for the 2016 Mazda CX-5. Another engine option for the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a 184 horsepower SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT. With this engine, the crossover can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Both crossovers are also available with either Front-wheel drive or All-wheel drive. With added power and traction provided by AWD, drivers will be able to handle rain-soaked and snow-covered roads with confidence!

To learn more about the 2016 Mazda CX-3 and 2016 Mazda CX-5, please contact Royal South Mazda and speak to a sales professional.

Front profile of 2016 Mazda CX-3
Rear profile of 2016 Mazda CX-5
Interior of 2016 Mazda CX-3
Front dash of 2016 Mazda CX-5

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