Honda HR-V Vs. Mazda CX-3

By Justin Cupler | March 21st, 2019

Small crossovers are filling garages and driveways at record pace, and two hot sellers are the 2019 Honda HR-V and the 2019 Mazda CX-3. These tiny people haulers offer enough room for the whole family and can even tote serious cargo with the seats folded. Which one is better for our Rochester area crossover shoppers? Continue reading to find out.


When it debuted, the Honda HR-V was one of the more unique crossovers available. As time has passed and more models have arrived. it’s become more mainstream. Buyers looking for a simple A-to-B type of ride will appreciate this lower-key design language. For those seeking a more premium look, the HR-V offers that too in its higher trim levels.

The Mazda CX-3 boast the latest Mazda Kodo design, which gives it a sportier look with its long hood, short overhangs, sharp body lines, and more. While some may not appreciate the CX-3’s more in-your-face looks, the younger crowd will likely enjoy it.

Like the HR-V, the CX-3 gets a more premium look as you move up in the trim levels, and it hits the pinnacle in the Grand Touring model, which boasts 18-inch wheels, a silver grille, and more.


In terms of size, the HR-V is larger than the CX-3 in every key measurable, and it even has up to an extra 1.1 inches in ground clearance.


Measurement 2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Mazda CX-3 Difference
Length 170.4 inches 168.3 inches +2.1 inches
Width 69.8 inches 69.6 inches +0.2 inches
Height 63.2 inches 60.7 to 60.9 inches +2.5 to +2.3 inches
Wheelbase 102.8 inches 101.2 inches +1.6 inches
Ground Clearance 6.7 to 7.3 inches 6.1 to 6.2 inches +0.6 to +1.1 inches
Curb weight 2,906 to 3,150 pounds 2,809 to 2,952 pounds 97 to 198 pounds


Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • More reserved styling
  • Larger body without huge weight gain

Advantage: 2019 Mazda CX-3

  • Sharp, sporty styling
  • Smaller and easier to maneuver


Inside, the 2019 Honda HR-V’s traditional styling continues. Setting the HR-V apart from others is its long climate-control vent on the passenger’s side, but it is otherwise like most other compact crossovers on the market. Another wrinkle in the HR-V’s cabin is its trick Magic Seat second row that unlocks up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo room — 17.1 cubes more than the CX-3.

The 2019 Mazda CX-3’s cabin is not some wild design, but it is unique with its round air vents, pop-up infotainment screen, sloped dash top, three-spoke steering wheel, and sport seats. Like the HR-V, the CX-3’s interior can be downright luxurious with its premium leather seating, two-tone color scheme, and more.

In terms of features, the Honda HR-V has loads of premium options, including a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more, but the CX-3 adds value with its standard low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and 7-inch infotainment screen.


The Honda HR-V’s seating is a little tighter in certain spots, but it is larger in nearly every measurement. For example, it offers an extra 4.3 inches of rear legroom and up to an extra 17.1 cubic feet of cargo room.


Measurement 2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Mazda CX-3 Difference
Front headroom 39.5 inches 38.4 inches +1.1 inches
Front legroom 41.2 inches 41.7 inches -0.5 inches
Front shoulder room 56.8 inches 53.5 inches +3.3 inches
Front hip room 53.1 inches 52.3 inches -0.8 inches
Rear headroom 38.3 inches 37.2 inches +1.1 inches
Rear legroom 39.3 inches 35 inches +4.3 inches
Rear shoulder room 54.5 inches 50.4 inches +4.1 inches
Rear hip room 47.4 inches 49 inches -1.6 inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 23.2 to 24.3 cubic feet 9.6 to 12.4 cubic feet +10.8 to +14.7 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 57.6 to 58.8 cubic feet 41.7 to 44.5 cubic feet +13.1 to +17.1 cubic feet


Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Tons more rear legroom
  • Larger cargo area

Advantage: 2019 Mazda CX-3

  • More rear hip room
  • More standard tech
  • More exciting cabin


Subcompact crossovers will never be performance models — they just don’t have the demand for it. But that doesn’t mean they cannot be fun. The Mazda CX-3 inherits its parent brand’s Zoom-Zoom personality from its sedans and the MX-5 Miata, giving it a tighter suspension and quicker steering system without making things uncomfortable. Plus, with its extra power, the CX-3 is about a half-second quicker to 60 mph than the HR-V.

2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Mazda CX-3 Difference
Engine 1.8-liter 4-cyl 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 141 hp at 6,500 rpm 148 hp at 6,000 rpm -7 hp
Torque 127 lb-ft at 4,300 rpm 146 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm -19 lb-ft
Transmission CVT 6-speed automatic
Driveline FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.) FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 8.6 seconds 8.1 seconds +0.5 seconds
MPG City 26 to 28 mpg* 27 to 29 mpg 1 mpg
MPG Highway 31 to 34 mpg* 32 to 34 mpg 0 to -1 mpg
MPG Combined 28 to 30 mpg* 29 to 31 mpg 1 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Soft, compliant ride

Advantage: 2019 Mazda CX-3

  • More powerful
  • Zippy handling
  • Smaller and nimbler

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda HR-V comes in four flavors — LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring — and their starting prices range from $20,520 to $28,540.


The 2019 Mazda CX-3 lineup includes three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Their starting prices range from $21,790 to $27,145.

2019 Honda HR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $20,520**

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Eco Assist system
  • Hill-start assist
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Two-speed intermittent wipers
  • Projector-beam headlights with auto-off
  • Security system
  • Remote keyless entry
  • LED brake lights
  • Body-color, power mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front windows
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Map lights
  • LED pocket lights
  • Rear seat heating ducts
  • Floor mats
  • Cargo area tie-down anchors
  • Cargo area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Chrome door pulls
  • Front vanity mirrors
  • 60/40 split-folding second-row Magic Seat
  • Four-speaker, 160-watt audio system
  • 5-inch color LCD screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • 1-amp USB audio interface in front console
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines


Sport: $22,220**

  • All LX features, plus
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Paddle shifters
  • Larger front stabilizer bar
  • 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels with matte-black inserts
  • Gloss-black mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Exhaust finisher
  • Fog lights
  • Gloss-black underbody spoilers
  • Sport pedals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • One 1.5-amp USB port in front console
  • Six-speaker,180-watt audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution display
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text messaging function
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines


EX: $23,720**

  • All LX features,. Plus
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Paddle shifters
  • 17-inch unique silver-painted
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Honda LaneWatch


EX-L: $25,320**

  • All EX features, plus
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather seating
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror


Touring: $28,540**

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • DeDion rear suspension
  • 17-inch machine-finish alloy wheels with gloss shark-gray inserts
  • LED fog lights
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Body-color underbody spoilers
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Satellite-linked navigation

2019 Mazda CX-3 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Sport: $20,390

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Dual stainless steel exhaust outlets
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Hill-start assist
  • 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color door handles
  • Daytime running lights
  • Fog lights with black bezels
  • Black front grille
  • Automatic-off headlights
  • Manual-folding mirrors
  • Black side molding garnish
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Two-speed variable-intermittent wipers
  • Rear intermittent wiper
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Cargo area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Front map lights
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless ignition
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Dual front vanity mirrors
  • Power windows with one-touch driver’s side
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Electric parking brake with auto brake hold
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Cloth seating
  • Urethane steering wheel and shift knob
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Bluetooth connectivity and streaming audio
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Aha, Pandora, and Stitcher internet radio
  • SMS text messaging assistant
  • USB port
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert


Touring: $22,475

  • All Sport features, plus
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Silver fog light bezels
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Chrome side molding
  • Chrome front bumper molding
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Automatic climate control
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Red door armrests
  • Leatherette door trim
  • Red knee pads
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette seating
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel


Grand Touring: $25,745

  • All Touring features, plus
  • Paddle shifters
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED taillights
  • Silver grille
  • Piano black pillar garnish
  • Active driving display
  • Power moonroof
  • Cargo cover
  • Bright inside door handles
  • Lux suede door trim
  • Black or parchment-and-black interior
  • Leather seating
  • Bose seven-speaker audio system
  • HD Radio
  • Navigation
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Advanced automatic emergency braking
  • Smart brake support system

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda HR-V?

With its extra rear-seat and cargo room, the 2019 Honda HR-V is a great buy for families with older children who need the extra room.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Mazda CX-3?

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 boasts a sportier look and platform designed for fun. This makes it the perfect small crossover for a younger family or a childless family just looking for a fun-loving daily driver.


Whether you’ve got the kiddo’s practice in Henrietta or need to drag home materials for a remodel from Rochester, the 2019 Honda HR-V has the room to get it all done. See what the HR-V can do for your family today at Garber Honda serving the Pittsford area. Can’t make it in today? Check out our online inventory page and see what 2019 HR-V models we have in stock in the Rochester area, then schedule to test drive a few when you have time.


*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.


**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.