Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3
When it comes to choosing a crossover, there are plenty of options on the market right now. Two popular models are the 2016 Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-3. Both vehicles offer great style and efficiency, so let’s compare them based on their most basic features, including performance, safety features, and interior comfort.
The 2016 Honda HR-V offers a powerful inline four-cylinder aluminum-alloy 16-valve SOHC i-VTEC engine that produces 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. This engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission in two-wheel drive or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) available with either two- or all-wheel drive. It’s also available with Sport mode or dual-mode paddle shifters.
The HR-V also offers an electric parking brake with automatic brake hold, an ECON button with Eco Assist system and Eco Coaching, Hill Start Assist, and Real-Time All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control System.
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 provides comparable engine power. However, with the CX-3, you won’t be able to enjoy a manual transmission since the vehicle is only offered with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2016 Honda HR-V has all of the safety features that will make you feel confident in your vehicle’s ability to protect you and your precious cargo. The vehicle features an anti-lock braking system, Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution, a tire pressure monitoring system, Brake Assist, daytime running lights, and a multi-angle rearview camera with either the standard guidelines or the available dynamic guidelines.
With the HR-V, you also have the option of dual-stage multi-threshold front airbags, the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, SmartVent front side airbags, front three-point seat belts with an automatic tensioning system, a LATCH system for child safety seats, child-proof rear door locks, three-point seat belts at all seating positions, and driver’s and front passenger’s seat belt reminder.
While the 2016 Honda HR-V has plenty to offer in terms of standard safety features, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 doesn’t. The vehicle has several available safety and security features as part of the i-ACTIVSENSE package, but you’ll have to upgrade to get the package and the features it offers.
The 2016 Honda HR-V offers a spacious interior with comfortable seating and your favorite amenities. You can find leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, push-button start, automatic climate control, and illuminated steering wheel–mounted controls.
In terms of entertainment, the vehicle offers MP3/Windows Media Audio playback capability, Bluetooth streaming audio and HandsFreeLink, HondaLink Next Generation, SMS text message function, and Pandora compatibility.
Unfortunately, while the Mazda CX-3 seems well-designed compared to the other models in the lineup, it still doesn’t meet the same refinement as the 2016 Honda HR-V.
The new 2016 Honda HR-V is now available at your local Honda dealer near Boca Raton, Greenacres, and Palm Beach, Braman Honda of Palm Beach. We’re conveniently located at 5200 Lake Worth Road in Greenacres, FL. Call 561-337-2542 to schedule a test drive today.