2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Mazda CX-3 

2018 Mazda CX-5 in Red vs 2018 Mazda CX-3 in Red

When you're shopping for your next crossover, you want to be sure you're getting just what you need. This is why, here at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown, we provide easy-to-use comparison tools so that you can make sure you're choosing the right vehicle for you. We're going to take a look at two models in the Mazda crossover and SUV segment, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Mazda CX-3. These two models are stunning vehicles. Both are built with decisive styling and powerful performance specs. 

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is the midsize crossover from Mazda and the Mazda CX-3 is the smallest, as it is the subcompact crossover model offered by the brand. However, both of these models have a configurable interior and offer drivers a ton of versatility and functionality. Though differing in size and capacities, both the Mazda CX-5 and the Mazda CX-3 are built with the same attention to detail and masterful craftsmanship that characterizes the Mazda lineup. Take a look at their specifications to see which one fits your criteria 

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2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Mazda CX-3
3 Trim Levels 3
Standard Cylinder-Deactivation Technology Not Available
5 Seating Capacity 5
Available AWD Available
Yes* IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Yes*
SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine Engine Specs SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
187 hp Horsepower 146 hp

Key Differences between the Mazda CX-5 and the Mazda CX-3 

To start, we'll take a look at the capacities of each vehicle. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 will give drivers more room than the 2018 Mazda CX-3. In the Mazda CX-5, drivers will have access to a maximum cargo volume of 59.6 cubic feet. In the Mazda CX-3, drivers will find a maximum cargo volume of 44.5 cubic feet. Those who need a bit more room should choose the Mazda CX-5. However, drivers of the Mazda CX-5, as it is a larger vehicle, will notice that their fuel economy is not quite as high as the Mazda CX-3. Those who value efficiency over capacity or who just don't need as much room can look to the Mazda CX-3 for their next crossover.  

One of the other differences between the two models is the presence of cylinder-deactivation technology. This is a new technology that is present in the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Mazda6. It works to shut down the outside two cylinders of the engine when the vehicle is operating between certain speeds at a steady pace. Then, when drivers need more power, the engine will automatically switch back to four-cylinder operation, imperceptibly. This tech increases fuel economy and conserves power for when you need it. 

Would you like to know more about the 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Mazda CX-3 comparison? Contact us at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown. We'll help you decide which crossover is right for you. You can view both of these models in our online inventory and then scheudle a time to come test drive each model at our dealership.  

*The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus when are equipped with the available Adaptive Front-lighting System. The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus when equipped with available Smart Brake Support and Adaptive Front-lighting System. 


2018 Mazda CX-5 View of Cargo Space
2018 Mazda CX-5 Rear Seating in White
Front End View of 2018 Mazda CX-3 in Gray
2018 Mazda CX-3 View of Steering Wheel in Black


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