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Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2018. -
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
front
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Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2018. - 2022.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4334 mm
1772 mm
1605 mm
431 liters
1473 liters
50 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4275 mm
1765 mm
1535 mm
350 liters
1260 liters
48 liters
2018 Honda HR-V
2018 Mazda CX-3

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1497 cc
130 hp
155 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1998 cc
122 hp
213 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1241 kg
10.2 s
192 km/h
5.8 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
130 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1184 kg
9.0 s
192 km/h
7.5 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
141 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

cvt - gears
1249 kg
10.9 s
187 km/h
5.2 l/100km
3.9 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
122 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1213 kg
9.9 s
187 km/h
7.2 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
140 g/km

Expenses

35000 EUR
Price from
19300 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 5-door suv body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Honda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 130hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 122hp engine designed by Mazda.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the Honda being a slightly better choice apparently. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, HR-V offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Honda does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Honda with an average rating of 4.7, and models under the Mazda badge with 4.4 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as HR-V rank it on average as 3.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mazda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 192 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be HR-V, averaging around 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (60 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 32% difference compared to CX-3.


Verdict

Honda appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, HR-V offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with Mazda being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Honda. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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