Comparison: 2018 Honda HR-V vs 2018 Mazda CX-3

When shopping for a new crossover, Virginia drivers usually want to know about the interior space and features, as some models lack the utility and convenience you'd expect.

In our one-to-one comparison of the 2018 Honda HR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-3, we'll highlight the differences between these two best-selling crossovers.

If you're in the greater Richmond area, visit us in Stanton to test drive the HR-V. But first, see how it bests the competition:

Features and Tech

Honda HR-V

The 2018 HR-V lineup features three well-equipped trims, including the LX, EX, and EX-L Navi. The HR-V LX comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, a security system with remote entry, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and streaming audio, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, and a USB audio interface.

The EX trim adds heated front seats, a one-touch power moonroof, Smart Entry, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, heated exterior mirrors, and automatic climate control. It also features SMS text function, push button start, Pandora compatibility, HondaLink, and 7-inch Display Audio with touchscreen. The EX-L Navi includes all features plus a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-trimmed seating, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio, and Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice command.

Mazda CX-3

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 trims include Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The Sport trim comes standard equipped with air conditioning, push button start, rearview camera, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth wireless technology, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls.

The Touring trim has heated front seats, automatic climate control, and heated side mirrors, but a moonroof is available only as an option. The Grand Touring trim has Lux Suede Seating, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, HD Radio, Bose audio, and the Mazda Navigation System. The CX-3 is not available with leather seating or voice-activated navigation.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Honda HR-V

The HR-V doesn't look notably large from the exterior, but once you're inside you'll appreciate the surprisingly spacious cabin. The HR-V has over 96.1 cubic feet of passenger volume and comes standard with a 60/40 split folding Magic Seat. This Honda-exclusive feature lets you fold your seatback down, as well as flip the bench up to give you added vertical storage space in the rear seat.

When the Magic Seat is folded down, you have 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Even with all the seats up, you have plenty of room for luggage and equipment for all five passengers with 24.3 cubes.

Mazda CX-3

The CX-3 seats five people, but has just 87.6 cubic feet of passenger volume so it might feel a bit cramped, particularly in the rear seat. Also, while it has a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, it does not feature an equivalent to Honda's Magic Seat.

Base models have just 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 44.5 cubes with all seats folded. When you opt for the Bose sound system, you lose two cubes of cargo space for both figures.


Honda HR-V

Starting at $19,670 MSRP**

Mazda CX-3

Starting at $20,110 MSRP

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.