2016 Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3
Two of the biggest players in the industry, Honda and Mazda, are ushering in their own takes on the wildly popular subcompact crossover for 2016: the Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-3. These all-new SUVs are projected to make quite the impact in the affordable crossover segment, catching the eyes of new families and on-the-go individuals in Denver and the surrounding regions of Centennial and Aurora.
While the 2016 Honda HR-V just arrived this spring and the 2016 Mazda CX-3 has yet to be released, we know that crossover seekers looking for a sturdy, reliable vehicle have already pondered how these models will stack up when it comes to the all-important categories of performance, comfort, and safety. Let’s start with what these SUVs have under the hood.
Where Performance Meets Efficiency
The Honda HR-V runs on a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission and available continuously variable transmission. Confident handling and potent brakes characterize the HR-V’s supportive, even ride that transforms bumps in the road into smooth sailing. Available all-wheel drive with Intelligent Control ensures that HR-V drivers achieve maximum traction on slippery or unstable driving surfaces.
SKYACTIV technology is behind the Mazda CX-3’s engine abilities. The 2.0-liter engine makes the most of both power and efficiency, while standard all-wheel drive makes all-weather journeys a cinch.
Interiors Ahead of Their Time
Premium comfort comes standard with both the 2016 Honda HR-V and the 2016 Mazda CX-3. From their spacious builds to advanced in-cabin technologies, the interiors of these two 5-seaters offer plenty of sophistication for those on board.
The base HR-V comes equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines to help drivers with tricky parking and maneuverability. There’s also illuminated steering wheel–mounted controls to quickly set cruise, phone, and audio settings while in motion. The 5-inch color LCD screen and USB charge interface and connection put media options front and center.
Noteworthy among the Mazda CX-3’s standard technology features are convenient push-button start, a rearview camera, and Mazda Connect infotainment that acts as the driver’s entertainment nucleus.
Leather-trimmed and heated seats are available on the upper trims of either model, and technology can be upped to include an extensive suite of navigation, satellite radio, smartphone connection, and more.
With a slight-yet-sturdy frame that offers uniquely outstanding driver visibility, the 2016 Honda HR-V was built to be seen and built to see out. The Mazda CX-3 has adequate visibility, but when it comes to packing up for road trips, after-practice car pools, or helping a friend move, the 2016 HR-V is the crossover that truly helps you cross items off your to-do list.
The HR-V’s commendable cargo capacity offers 24.3 cubic feet behind the rear row and 58.8 cubic feet with backseat folded down. In comparison, the CX-3’s 12.4 and 44.5 cubic foot split between back row upright and folded leaves much to be desired.
Advanced Safety Systems
As rides built with families in mind, both the 2016 Honda HR-V and the 2016 Mazda CX-3 show great promise when it comes to safety. Being tech and safety savvy with multi-stage multi-angle airbag suites and available camera-based systems that act as your sixth sense in traffic, both of these subcompact crossovers are capable of great things when it comes to keeping you and your passengers safe on the road.
Denver, Centennial, and Aurora area drivers who are captivated by the HR-V and the CX-3 may have some difficulty when its time to decide on a crossover to suit their needs. Both capable rides with stellar mechanics, it comes down to comfort and cargo. The 2016 HR-V is a versatile pick that excels across the board, and for that, it’s a crossover we can’t ignore.