2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

Looking for a compact crossover? Then consider our 2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Toyota RAV4 comparison. On the outside, these models are very different already. The Mazda CX-3 with its elegant lines and beautiful grille is ready to steal your heart. The RAV4, on the other hand, looks tired, confused, and boring.

Outside of their physical appearance, these two crossovers do have some similarities. They both offer all-wheel drive across their entire lineup, they both make power windows and locks standard, and they both offer seating for five. It’s where these two models differ that really matters. You can see how these two differ by looking at the chart below. If you would like to cut to the chase and see our new Mazda CX-3 inventory here in Bloomington, then feel free to click the link below or come see the Royal South Mazda inventory in person today!

2018 Mazda CX-3


2018 Toyota RAV4

$20,110 Base MSRP $24,410
29 City / 34 Highway Fuel Efficiency (MPG) 23 City / 30 Highway
Available Rain-Sensing Wipers Not Available
Standard Alloy Wheels Available

Take a look at the price first, and you will already see why the Mazda CX-3 is the more intriguing of the two models. With a base MSRP that is over $4,000 cheaper, that’s a lot of money that you can keep in the bank. If you are wondering what the prices look like at the top of the spectrum, then just know that the top Grand Touring trim Mazda CX-3 is nearly $9,000 cheaper than the top RAV4 Platinum.

Not only is the Mazda CX-3 going to save you money at the time of purchase, but it’s going to keep saving you money as you drive it. That’s because the Mazda CX-3 comes equipped with SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, which makes it fun to drive, and amazingly fuel efficient. With a disparity that large, you may be surprised at how quickly the fuel savings add up.

What does all that extra money for the Toyota RAV4 actually get you? Not much. Going down the list of features, nearly every major feature in the RAV4 has an equivalent in the Mazda CX-3, and the Mazda CX-3 always comes out more affordable.

The Mazda CX-3 does offer a few things that the RAV4 doesn’t though. For example, rain-sensing wipers, which come standard on two-thirds of the Mazda CX-3 trims, isn’t available at all on the RAV4. To top it all off, alloy wheels come standard on every Mazda CX-3 model, the same cannot be said for the RAV4.

If you would like to try a Mazda CX-3 in the Bloomington area, then come down to Royal South Mazda, and let us find the perfect trim for you. We hope to see you soon!

2018 Mazda3 5-door back view gray
2018 Mazda3 4-door side view red