2017 Honda HR-V vs Mazda CX-3

Add a new layer of cool to your daily ride in a stylish subcompact SUV like the 2017 Honda HR-V or Mazda CX-3. Inside, these models are all about you, with supportive seating and savvy smartphone integration features. Which crossover is the your best fit? Check out our comparison guide to learn more.

2017 Honda HR-V vs Mazda CX-3

Interior Comfort

The 2017 Honda HR-V's smooth ride offers passenger comfort in any setting. Both rows of seating offer plenty of support, so longer trips fly by without a complaint. At the wheel, you'll enjoy impressive visibility, adding to your confidence levels - especially in rush-hour traffic.

The CX-3 cabin looks sleek, with its wrap-around dash and two-tone upholstery. The front seats are especially comfortable. If we have one objection, it's that the Mazda CX-3's rear seats could use a little more leg room.


All 2017 Honda HR-V models come with the essentials - that is, an intuitive touchscreen and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for your smartphone. When you upgrade to the HondaLink infotainment system, smartphone app integration becomes even more seamless. Steering-wheel-mounted controls give you the ability to shuffle through options without looking away from traffic.

The CX-3 is equally packed with tech features. Every Mazda CX-3 model comes with a handy touchscreen interface. The redundant control knob makes the system easy to handle - you don't have to mess with onscreen buttons if you don't feel like it. We wish there were more smartphone integration features - but you might be the type to get by without them.

Fuel Economy

To save the most at the pump, give the Mazda CX-3 a whirl. This baby earns up to 29 city/34 highway mpg, depending on which powertrain you select. To top it all off, the CX-3 is among the quickest vehicles in this segment, so blending into highway traffic is never an issue.

The 2017 Honda HR-V came close to matching the CX-3 fuel economy ratings, earning up to 28/34 mpg. It, too, makes the most of what you spend at the pump, even as it balances fuel savings with significant power.


Once again, the 2017 Honda HR-V takes the lead. In government crash tests, this peppy crossover earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The HR-V is also stocked with innovative safety feaures, including the LaneWatch blind-spot camera, which jumps into action when you employ the right-hand turn signal. It displays the passenger-side blind spot on the central touchscreen, helping you avoid a dangerous accident.

The Mazda CX-3 also earned a perfect five-star rating for overall crash protection. It doesn't include a passenger-side blind-spot camera, but you can still get the usual array of driver aids, including a forward collision mitigation system that automatically applies the brakes when it senses immediate danger.

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2017 Honda HR-V vs Mazda CX-3

These crossovers are both big on safety and fuel economy, but the 2017 Honda HR-V is the overall winner. It's the real deal - with all-inclusive passenger comfort and a cabin full of head and leg room. Tech features keep you connected on the run, and you can even sort through your music collection, listen to voicemails, or make calls without taking your hands off the wheel. The HR-V's high-tech safety gear sets it apart from competitors, giving you the best possible view of your surroundings to help you avoid an accident.

*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.