2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. Mazda 3 Hatchback: Which is Right for You?

Mazda CX-3 vs. Mazda 3 Hatchback

Many people have described the Mazda CX-3 as an SUV-hatchback hybrid. It looks a bit smaller than the average SUV, but it’s bigger than the hatchback. It also sits lower to the ground, like a hatchback. So if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, do you go for the 2019 Mazda CX-3 SUV or do you pick up the Mazda 3 hatchback?

Here’s a closer look at the two popular vehicles to help you decide which might be the better choice for you:

Size Comparison

Both the 2019 Mazda CX-3 and the 2018 Mazda 3 have seating for five people, but they do vary in size a bit. It may seem counterintuitive, but the CX-3 SUV is actually a bit smaller than the Mazda 3 hatchback. The CX-3 is 168.3 inches long, 69.6 inches wide, and 60.9 inches tall, while the Mazda 3 is 180.3 inches long, 70.7 inches wide, and 57.3 inches tall. The CX-3 only beats the hatchback in height.

Because of its bigger exterior size, the Mazda 3 is also a bit bigger than the Mazda CX-3 on the inside. It has 42.2 inches of front legroom, compared to 41.7 inches for the CX-3. In the back, it has 35.8 inches of legroom, compared to 35 inches for the CX-3. It also has 12.4 cubic feet of cargo volume, compared to 9.6 cubic feet for the Mazda CX-3.


You’ll enjoy a more upscale interior on the 2019 Mazda CX-3, particularly if you opt for the higher trim levels, which feature leather upholstery and suede-like trim on the dash. Entertainment features include things like a heads-up touchscreen display, smart phone streaming, voice-activated radio, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Apple Car Play and Android Auto are missing on the Mazda 3, but you can still use apps on your phone like Pandora and podcasts. You’ll get a nice sound system and convenience features, but they are more utilitarian than sophisticated.


The 2019 Mazda CX-3 comes with a 2.0-liter Inline4 engine that puts out 148 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, which is a bit more powerful than the previous year’s model. Meanwhile, the 2018 Mazda 3 comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 155 horsepower. You’ll get a bit more power with the Mazda 3, but you’ll enjoy a smooth and capable ride in either Mazda.


The 2019 Mazda CX-3 starts at $20,390, while the 2018 Mazda 3 starts at $18,095. If you’re on a strict budget, you may think you need to opt for the Mazda 3. However, when you consider all that comes with the Mazda CX-3, as well as the financing offers that are available, you’ll see that it’s the better deal.

Which is Right for You?

Visit your local Mazda dealership to take a test drive of both the 2019 Mazda CX-3 and the 2018 Mazda 3 to find out which feels right for you. We believe that the 2019 Mazda CX-3 offers more benefits for a better price, and numerous financing deals are available right now to help you fit it into your budget.