What are the differences between the Mazda CX-3 and CX-5?


Compare: The Mazda CX-3 and the Mazda CX-5

If you're on the hunt for a new crossover near Seattle, then the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-5 are both great options. At Doug's Lynwood Mazda, we offer a wide variety of new vehicles and these are two of your best choices for compact crossovers. Although there are some similarities, these two vehicles actually both offer totally unique driving experiences at the end of the day.

Stop by our Edmonds Mazda dealership and learn about these superb models in person, but first compare the two and get an idea of which one appeals to you.


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Does the Mazda CX-5 or the CX-3 have more power?

The Mazda CX-5 is a little larger, so naturally it has a more powerful engine to effectively carry that weight. 

  • CX-5: 2.5-liter I4 engine, 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque 
  • CX-3: 2.0-liter I4 engine, 148 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque

Does either the Mazda CX-3 or CX-5 come with AWD (all wheel drive)?

Yes, both the Mazda CX-3 and the CX-5 come with all-wheel drive options a little extra control with tough conditions and rough roads.. Both models give you plenty power and responsive drives so you can have some fun on the Kirkland roads. Each offers an engine that is paired with a six-speed transmission that gives you a smooth, efficient ride.


Do the same features come both models?

Both models offer the Mazda Connect™ advanced multimedia system with a touchscreen. This impressive system lets you connect your smart devices to your daily drive with voice activation, Bluetooth capabilities, and more. Mazda Connect™ is one of the most impressive multimedia systems on the market with its intuitive touchscreen and crystal-clear definition.

You also get a variety of convenience features like:

  • remote fuel door release
  • keyless entry
  • panic button
  • available remote ignition
These features make your daily drive in your CX-3 or CX-5 easier than ever near Everett.

Which is roomier, the CX-3 or the CX-5?

The CX-5 is considerably larger than the CX-3, so if you know you're going to need extra space in your crossover, it's a great option. Both vehicles carry five passengers and offer versatile, fold-down seating that optimizes your cabin's space.

You get 12.4 cubic ft. of cargo volume in the CX-3 and 30.9 cubic-ft. in the CX-5, a big difference if you plan on transporting plenty of gear. Of course the extra size on the CX-5 does mean it's heavier and less maneuverable than the compact CX-3.

Safety features of the Mazda CX-3 and CX-5

Safety is hugely important when you're purchasing a new SUV near Lynnwood, fortunately both the CX-3 and CX-5 give you plenty of standard and available safety features. Both models offer powerful steel frames and comprehensive airbag systems to protect you and your passengers in the event of a collision. Going past that, there are even advanced technologies that aim to prevent accidents altogether.

The CX-3 and the CX-5 both offer standard features like:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Forward Obstruction Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Is the Mazda CX-3 or the CX-5 the right SUV for me?

Ultimately, both of these models are great choices and it's tough to really narrow it down. At Doug's Lynwood Mazda, we would recommend 

  • the CX-3 if you're searching for compact size, maneuverability, and city driving
  • the CX-5 is a better choice if you need some extra power, storage room, and towing power.

Stop by our Edmonds dealership serving Bothell today and test drive one of these impressive vehicles to see which one fits your lifestyle better. Our sales professionals are here to answer any questions you may have about compact Mazda crossovers, so don't hesitate to reach out and give us a call or stop by in person. Whether you're a Mazda CX-3 or CX-5 driver, we can help you find the model that fits your lifestyle.