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2017 Mazda CX-3 Vs 2017 Honda HR-V: Which is best for you?

2017 marks the second model year for the reinvented Mazda CX-3. This is the “driver’s’” car of the still hot subcompact crossover segment, with Honda HR-V leading the pack with superior interior volume and relative quiet. Which compact crossover is best for you?

Say what you will about very compact 2-row crossover offerings; not dirt-worthy; small; noisy; under powered, 2017 Mazda CX-3 while arguably small in dimension, puts a new spin on the compact sport Ute, and does so with drive and road handling dynamics generally associated with a compact performance sedan or coupe -- this crossover is fun to drive!

We compare Mazda CX-3 with Honda HR-V

Here at Torque News, we place an emphasis on comparative car and light truck review. In today’s very competitive, consumer conscious auto world, one is hard pressed to find a truly “bad” car -- which makes it very challenging for auto review guys like myself to pen a fully objective ‘like-for-like, comparative automotive review. With that said: Here’s my latest Mazda CX-3 Vs Honda HR-V comparative drive review.Honda_HR-V Vs_Mazda CX-3_Revisited

In reading my comparison, you will discover an unchanged from last year 2017 Honda HR-V, that takes this competition hands down for interior volume, configuration convertibility, and cabin quiet; although both vehicles in this comparison could be quieter. What has Honda done with HR-V for 2017?

Where Mazda CX-3 shines is in instant-on drive performance

Mazda CX-3 Crossover carries “Zoom, Zoom” forward into 2017, with no change as to beginning MSRP: $19,960 FWD Sport, to the top end $24,990 Grand Touring FWD +; or specifications -- other than the availability of 18 inch alloy rims in the mid level Touring trim package -- and the Safety-Tech bundle option, reduced by - $750. And that’s a good thing!

Our Dynamic Blue Mica on Parchment leather CX-3 Grand Touring comes fully loaded with every conceivable feature, except power seats, priced at MSRP $28,810 -- slightly higher priced than a comparably equipped 2017 Honda HR-V Navi AWD, with an MSRP of $27,834 +.

After driving all the competition, in my view, 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring takes this segment for the 'pure joy of driving' -- essentially a compact performance crossover with Mazda Miata- like, in-town maneuverability; country-two-lane road carving; and mild off-road roaming capability, with way above average interior ergonomics and finish quality. But it doesn’t offer the interior cubic volume, or expansive seats-down rear cargo deck that Honda HR-V does. But then again, with nearly 20% greater mid-range torque delivery than HR-V, what’s not to like?

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Ill tak the Mazda. Is much more stylish better handling and more fun to drive It is also quicker.
Welcome racerx. For those that don't require the extra room afford by HR-V, you're dead on.
Perhaps in its next cycle they w make it slightly larger to appeal to a bit more buyers.it was only so much they could do w the 2 platform.