2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Honda HR-V

2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Honda HR-V

The compact crossover is a relatively new animal in the automotive world. These vehicles offer hatchback convenience with more interior room. Honda was one of the first to introduce such a vehicle, but the always innovative Mazda was quick on their heels. Find out which company pulled it off better with our 2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Honda HR-V comparison.

As we look at the numbers below, one thing will quickly become clear. Though the Honda may be serviceable, the Mazda CX-3 emphasizes the driving experience, and comes out the better compact crossover in the process.

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2018 Mazda CX-3


2018 Honda HR-V

28 MPG City Fuel Economy 29 MPG
146 Pound-Feet Torque 127 Pound-Feet
Automatic Transmission Manual/CVT
Available All-Wheel Drive Available

Differences between Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V

When it comes to body style, capability, and capacity, you will find that these two vehicles are pretty similar. They even both have front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations available. Even so, there are some major differences that you should be aware of.

When it comes to fuel economy, both the Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-3 have the same figures on the highway, but the CX-3 gives you a little more in the city. This is very important because, once you consider what the Mazda CX-3 accomplishes those mpg figures with, you are sure to be impressed.

When it comes to the transmission types, the HR-V offers a manual, but we didn’t use that in the chart above for mpg figures. If we had, the mpg numbers would be much worse. That’s because, the Honda alternative is a continuously variable transmission or a CVT.

CVTs are perhaps the most efficient transmission option out there right now, but they are prone to breaking, slow off the line, and overall not fun. Instead, the Mazda CX-3 utilizes a sporty automatic transmission that will always keep things interesting.

On top of the sporty transmission comes a sportier engine. The Mazda CX-3 engine outputs 146 pound-feet of torque along with 146 horsepower. The Honda HR-V on the other hand, falls short with only 127 pound-feet of torque and 141 horsepower. With all this in mind, those mpg numbers become all the more impressive for the 2018 Mazda CX-3.

2018 Mazda3 5-door back view
2018 Mazda CX-9 front view