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Subcompact Showdown: 2017 Mazda CX-3 vs Honda HR-V

By James Yu , Dec 09, 2016 06:36 AM EST

The battle between SUVs is far from being over. In fact, it has only just begun. As the demand in the SUV segment grows bigger, the battle between different models from automakers becomes more intense. The arena has once again been set and this time, it is for the subcompact showdown of 2017 Mazda CX-3 versus Honda HR-V. How will this battle turn out?

The Test Of Strength

According to a report from U.S News, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of putting out 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with an automatic transmission with no option for a manual gearbox. On the other hand, the 2017 Honda HR-V is equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the CX-3, the HR-V's powertrain is paired with a standard manual gearbox with an option for a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). In terms of power, the 2017 CX-3 clearly has the advantage but apparently, this is because it is geared more towards the "sport" aspect rather than being a family hauler like the HR-V.

The Battle Of Fuel Economy

It was reported by Auto123 that the fuel consumption between the 2017 Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V is almost the same. Reports stated that the 2017 Mazda CX-4 and Honda HR-V with front wheel drive (FWD) setting both scored 34 miles per gallon on the highway. The CX-3 gains the upper-hand against the HR-V in the city with a rating of 29 and 28 miles per gallon respectively. The subcompacts once again came to a draw in the all-wheel drive (AWD) setting with a fuel economy rating of 27/32 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway respectively.

The Cheaper, The Better

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V start with price tags of $19,960 and $21,500 respectively as reported. One again, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 manages to win the round by a slight margin.

The Conclusion

Given the facts above, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is clearly the victor in this showdown. However, the 2017 Honda HR-V cannot be counted out just yet as there are still factors that need to be considered when the two subcompact SUVs meet again for another duel.

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