Mazda3 vs. Mazda CX-3

2020 MAZDA3 vs. 2020 MAZDA CX-3

2.5L Skyactiv®-G 4-cylinder


2.0L Skyactiv®-G 4-cylinder
186 hp


148 hp
186 lb-ft


146 lb-ft
26/35 city/highway mpg*

EPA-Estimated MPG

29/34 city/highway mpg*

When narrowing down which model in the Mazda lineup is right for your Troy driving habits, comparing the 2020 Mazda3 vs. the 2020 Mazda CX-3 is an excellent starting point. Both come packed with all the latest Mazda technology and performance features, packaged slightly differently between the sedan and SUV setups. See which one checks off all your boxes with help from Cooley Mazda!

MAZDA3 vs. MAZDA CX-3: Performance

While both the 2020 Mazda3 and CX-3 deliver a spirited driving experience for Latham commuters, each comes with a different base engine. The 2020 Mazda3 houses a 2.5L Skyactiv®-G 4-cylinder engine paired with a Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with sport mode. It also includes Skyactiv® Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus, and puts out 186-hp.

Comparatively, the 2020 Mazda CX-3 reaches a maximum 148-hp with its 2.0L Skyactiv®-G 4-cylinder engine that’s also paired with the Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission.

If you’re looking for extra excitement behind the wheel, the Mazda3 is the model for you.

MAZDA3 vs. MAZDA CX-3: Interior

Mazda knows you spend a lot of time in your vehicle’s cabin, which is why both the Mazda3 and Mazda CX-3 are equipped with the connectivity and convenience features you crave. Both models come with the Mazda Connect™ system as well as Bluetooth®, remote keyless entry, push-button start, and more, though there are a few differences between this sedan and SUV:

2020 MAZDA3

  • 7-inch LCD Meter Display
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 2 USB ports
  • AM/FM radio with 8 speakers

2020 MAZDA CX-3

  • Active driving display
  • 7-inch full-color touch screen display
  • USB audio port
  • AM/FM audio system with Automatic Level Control and 6 speakers

While both of these models seat five passengers, the Mazda CX-3 cargo space outshines the Mazda3. The Mazda3 hatchback does offer more interior space than your average sedan, though it still can’t touch the capability that comes with an SUV.

If you’re looking for extra cargo space, the Mazda CX-3 is the model for you.

Test Drive a New Mazda at Cooley Mazda

Now that you know more about these two exciting models, stop by Cooley Mazda for the all-important test drive! While you’re here, our friendly sales team can answer all your questions about the Mazda3 hatchback price and Mazda CX-3 price, as well as offering guidance on buying vs. leasing and second chance financing. We look forward to matching you with a great vehicle at a great price! Looking to compare the Mazda CX-3 to another model? Be sure to check out our Mazda CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V comparison today.

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