2016 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda CX-5

Manteca and Stockton drivers looking for a feature-packed, high-performance family crossover should already have narrowed their choices down to either the 2016 Mazda CX-3 or the 2016 Mazda CX-5. Each vehicle showcases the bold lines and flowing curves that Mazda is known for, plus plenty of premium technologies. Of course, differences exist in order to cater to all kinds of crossover drivers, so let us help you decide between them.

Power and Efficiency

The compact Mazda3 goes big when it comes to power, putting up to 146 hp and a matching 146 lb-ft of torque at your disposal thanks to its 2.0L four-cylinder engine. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard to ensure up to 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, making the Mazda CX-3 both fun-to-drive and impressively economical.

The Mazda CX-5 can be equipped with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine of its own. Ideal for everyday driving, it makes a strong 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. For Lanthrop and Turlock drivers who demand more of a thrill when they press the pedal, the available 2.0L four-cylinder delivers up to 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque to give you plenty of pep.


Both the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and the 2016 Mazda CX-3 are available with a wide selection of excellent comfort and convenience technologies, including:

  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control: Part of the i-ACTIVESENSE package, this system can automatically speed up or slow down your Mazda according to its distance from the vehicle ahead.
  • Bose Audio System: Provides an immersive driving soundtrack on every journey by channeling rich sound through crystal-clear speakers.

Of course, the Mazda CX-3 is designed more for city driving while the Mazda CX-5 is a capable off-roader, so their individual features reflect that. The Mazda CX-3 is available with an innovative heads-up display and comes with a rearview camera as standard. The Mazda CX-5 is available with an Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive system that can adjust power between the front and rear axles, not just all four wheels.

Interior Space

If you’re trying to choose between the 2016 Mazda CX-3 and the 2016 Mazda CX-5, it’s probably going to come down to the amount of interior space that you require. The Mazda CX-5 leads in this regard, offering up to a generous 34.1 cubic feet of cargo space as standard or a cavernous 64.8 with the rear seats folded. Even better, it creates a near-flat load floor when those seats are flipped, and you’ll find more rear passenger space than you would in the Mazda CX-3.

That said, the Mazda CX-3 is still spacious enough for most families, especially those with younger children, and it provides an acceptable 12.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 44.5 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded. Those dimensions also make it a lot easier to drive through tighter city streets.

You’ll Find the Ideal Mazda Crossover to Meet Your Needs at Tracy Mazda

At Tracy Mazda, we understand the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and 2016 Mazda CX-3 just as well as we understand the needs of Manteca and Stockton drivers. If you’re still not sure which is the right crossover for you, just come on down today to let us help you choose. While you’re here, check out our comparison between the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester.