If you're searching for a fun-to-drive crossover in East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Easton, Brodheadsville and Saylorsville, then you've probably already heard of the 2020 Mazda CX-3 and the 2020 Mazda CX-5.

With their polished cabins and spirited driving dynamics, falling in love with both crossover SUVs from Mazda is easy. Choosing one to join your driveway fleet? Now that's the tough part.

To help you find out which of these rides is the right pick for you, Ray Price Mazda put together this comparison of the Mazda CX-3 vs. Mazda CX-5. Read on to learn more and then view our new Mazda inventory!

The Subcompact MAZDA CX-3 vs the Compact MAZDA CX-5

Even though they both seat five passengers, keep in mind that the Mazda CX-3 and the Mazda CX-5 belong to different vehicle classes. 

The CX-3 is a subcompact SUV with a 101.2-inch wheelbase, while the CX-5 belongs to the compact class and offers a wheelbase of 106.2 inches. In terms of interior space, this distinction translates to:

  • Mazda CX-3: With 41.7 inches of front legroom, it still provides enough room for cargo with 12.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 44.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
  • Mazda CX-5: With a slightly smaller front legroom of 41 inches, it offers impressive cargo space, with 30.9 cubic feet with the rear seatback up and 59.6 cubic feet with the rear seatback folded.

With its smaller cargo capacity and slimmer frame, the Mazda CX-3 is the better choice for solo drivers, a couple, or a small family. On the flip side, if you know you'll need to fill your SUV to capacity often, the Mazda CX-5 and its larger interior space will make life on the road more comfortable.

Performance Specs

What powers the Mazda CX-3? Well, it comes equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with a Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. As for the Mazda CX-5, it's standardly armed with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine as well as a Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission.   

As many drivers have come to expect of Mazda vehicles, both Mazda SUVs deliver a powerfully responsive performance. Let's take a quick look at their standard power outputs.

  • Mazda CX-3: 148 horsepower & 146 lb-ft of torque
  • Mazda CX-5: 187 horsepower & 186 lb-ft of torque

When you upgrade to the available 2.5L Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine of the Mazda CX-5, you'll have 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque at your disposal. Meanwhile, the Mazda CX-3 achieves an incredible fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 29 city/34 highway MPG.1

When the rain falls or the snow hits, it's important that you can trust in your SUV to safely get you to your destination. Therefore, the Mazda CX-3 has the available i-Activ AWD® system to help improve your traction on and off the road.

The Mazda CX-5 can also be equipped with available i-Activ AWD®, but it comes with Off-road Traction Assist. With the assistance of Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus, the Mazda CX -5 maintains a steady ride across all types of terrain.  

Modern Infotainment Features

Today, it's important for vehicles to come with user-friendly infotainment systems. The Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-5 share a lot of similarities in this regard, making them fantastic choices for all types of drivers.

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are the integration features that you'll be using in each SUV. What do they do, though? Well, they give you immediate and easy access to navigation, music, and other features found on your compatible smartphone.

The Mazda CX-3 uses a 7-inch full-color touchscreen with MAZDA CONNECT™. The Mazda CX-5 has an available 8-inch touchscreen with the same MAZDA CONNECT™ system, which includes the following technology:

  • Infotainment system voice command
  • Multifunction Commander Control
  • Pandora® internet radio integration
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • E911 automatic emergency notification

Taking Safety to New Heights

No matter if you're dropping the kids off at school, running errands, or embarking on your next adventure, it's important to remain safe on all your drives-and Mazda understand this. Today, automotive safety goes well past airbags and seatbelts. Now, technology has been integrated in vehicles in the form of state-of-the-art safety systems.

With both the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-5, you'll have the following standard and available safety systems at your side:

  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

For the Mazda CX-5, you can also rely on the Lane-keep Assist system, which works alongside the Lane Departure Warning System. When it senses you unintentionally drifting from your lane, it'll provide minor steering corrections. That way, you can stay right on track!

Elegant Designs

Mazda has a similar design for many of its vehicles. Just from one glance at both Mazda SUVS, you'll be in awe of their well-sculpted bodies and bold stance.

The Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-3 come with eye-catching LED lighting for the headlights, taillights, daytime running lights, and fog lights. For the Mazda CX-5, you can also add an auto-leveling function to your headlights, giving them the ability to adjust their position as you swerve around roads.

2020 MAZDA CX-3 vs 2020 MAZDA CX-5: The Choice Is Yours!

We hope this side-by-side comparison of the Mazda CX-3 and the Mazda CX-5 helped you reach a decision about which Mazda SUV is right for you and your family.

If you're a commuter who needs an efficient ride, then the Mazda CX-3 and its eco-conscious powertrain and comfortable cabin is the ride for you. However, if you need a large SUV that can take on rough road conditions, then the Mazda CX-5 is the choice for you.

Still need some time to decide? That's okay! Seeing is believing when you're narrowing down your options, so come to Ray Price Mazda for a test drive to fully experience these Mazda models!

Drivers around East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Easton, Brodheadsville and Saylorsville can get behind the wheel of the Mazda CX-3, the Mazda CX-5, or both by signing up for a test drive.

1 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

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