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2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2018 Kia Niro

Compact crossover SUVs like the Mazda CX-3 are among the most popular vehicles in the entire automotive industry. This segment is filled with excellent vehicles and all of them are pretty closely matched. A good illustration of this idea for the new model year comes with a comparison between the 2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2018 Kia Niro. On paper, it would appear the two crossover SUVs are pretty evenly matched, but when the going gets tough, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is able to pull ahead of its Kia Niro competition by offering some features not available with many vehicles in this segment. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 has arrived at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom. Customers can schedule a test drive today by calling, 833-241-6312.

The experience a vehicle provides to its driver and passengers is among the biggest predictors of its success. For the new model year, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 gets a few upgrades that should help it stay ahead of its Kia Niro counterpart. The automaker is implementing new acoustic insulation measures to keep the passenger cabin as quiet and serene as possible. On the other hand, the 2018 Kia Niro has lost a few points with some online independent reviews for road noise and vibration making its way into the passenger cabin. Additionally, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is able to match the more recently introduced Kia Niro. The newest Mazda CX-3 comes with the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system and several crash avoidance systems.


2019 Mazda CX-3


2018 Kia Niro

2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 1.6-L, 4-Cyl. Hybrid
148 Horsepower/Torque 139
Six-speed Automatic Transmission Six-speed Automatic
Yes Avail. AWD No


Performance Specs

All three available trim grades of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 use the same powertrain setup. Under the hood of the Mazda crossover SUV is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that is attached to the automaker’s SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. It will produce 148 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the 2018 Kia Niro is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder gas-electric hybrid engine that makes fewer than 140 horsepower. Obviously, the hybrid nature of the 2018 Niro means that it will get better fuel economy scores than the 2019 Mazda CX-3. However, customers choosing the latest Mazda CX-3 will still be able to record up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway. Plus, Mazda owners won’t have to worry about the concerns that come with current hybrid vehicle technology.



A front left quarter photo of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 in a photo studio.
A photo of one of the interior configuration in the 2019 CX-3.
The 2019 CX-3 offers several different rear-seat configurations.
An interior photo of the rear seats folded down for max cargo capacity in the 2019 CX-3.
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