Comparison: 2017 Honda HR-V vs 2017 Mazda CX-3

Comparison: 2017 Honda HR-V vs 2017 Mazda CX-3

What do you want in a subcompact SUV? If you're in the Richmond area and want interior space and value above all else, we've got a best-selling Honda model for you.

The 2017 Honda HR-V is rated top in its class, but how does it stack up to the 2017 Mazda CX-3? There are key some differences if you want a spacious interior and a low price tag, so let's walk through them in our one-to-one comparison:  

Interior

Honda HR-V

The HR-V has more passenger and cargo space when compared to the CX-3, though both seat five passengers. Up front, it has 41.2 inches of legroom, 39.5 inches of head room, 56.8 inches of shoulder room, and 53.1 inches of hip room. In the rear, there's 39.3 inches of leg room, 38.3 inches of head room, 54.5 inches of shoulder room, and 47.4 inches of hip room.

When all seats are upright, the 2017 HR-V gives you a spacious 24.3 cubic feet of storage space. With rear seats folded, that expands to 58.8 cubes. The HR-V's second-row Magic Seat lets you configure the rear to suit your needs, whether you want your cargo space in Utility Mode, Long Mode, or Tall Mode. The Magic Seat is only available on Honda models.

Mazda CX-3

Drivers and front-seat passengers get 41.7 inches of legroom, 38.4 inches of head room, 53.5 inches of shoulder room, and 52.3 inches of hip room. Rear-seat passengers might feel a little cramped with just 35 inches of leg room, 37.2 inches of head room, 50.4 inches of shoulder room, and 49 inches of hip room.

Cargo space is the biggest differentiator between these two model in terms of space, as the CX-3 offers just 12.4 cubic feet when all seats are upright. Additionally, if you choose to add the Bose sound system, that number goes down to 10.1 cubes. With second-row seats folded, cargo space expands to 44.5 cubic feet, or 42.3 cubes with the premium audio system.

Features

Honda HR-V

The 2017 HR-V comes in three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L Navi. The LX comes equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, security system, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Streaming Audio, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, 5-inch LCD screen, and 160-watt audio system. The EX adds heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitor, push-button start, heated front seats, SMS text function, 7-inch Display Audio, HondaLink Next Generation, and an 180-watt 6-speaker audio system.

The EX-L is equipped with leather-trimmed seating, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition, HD Digital Traffic, HD Radio, and Sirius XM Radio. Talk to your Valley Honda rep for information on additional features.

Mazda CX-3

The CX-3 also comes in three trims: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The Sport model has a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Mazda Connect infotainment, steering wheel-mounted controls, anti-theft system, and a 7-inch touchscreen display. The Touring model doesn't add much in the way of entertainment and convenience, but does come with luxe features like heated front seats and leather accents. The Grand Touring model adds a navigation system, Bose 7-speaker audio, leather-trimmed seating, and a blind spot monitor.

Pricing

Honda HR-V

Starting at $19,465 MSRP

Mazda CX-3

Starting at $19,960 MSRP