Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mazda CX-3 over Honda HR-V, it's the details that count

One of the things that Mazda has excelled in is the details and nowhere is It more apparent than in the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3.  In Car and Driver Magazine, September edition, the CX-3 was proclaimed the “hands-down” winner in a full comparison over the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Chevrolet Trax, Kia Soul, and Honda HR-V.  In another article, Torque News looks at the article and attributes the win to Mazda getting even the little things better.  In the article they used a head-to-head comparison between the Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-3 to explain why the details were important. 
Their first comparison was on performance. 
  •  0-30 MPH Sprint:  CX-3 2.8 Seconds, HR-V 3.7 Seconds
  •  0-60 MPH Sprint:  CX-3 8.1 Seconds, HR-V 9.3 Seconds
  • 0-100 MPH Sprint: CX-3 23.8 Seconds, HR-V 29.1 Seconds
  •  In terms of straight line acceleration, the CX-3 is quicker
In the slalom test, the CX-3 is also faster with a speed of 42.1 MPH compared to 39.7 MPH for the HR-V.  In terms of taking turns, the CX-3 is much faster.

They even pointed out that you would think that with higher speeds you would get less MPG.  But not so, the CX-3 tested at 28 MPG thru the tests, and the HR-V was lower at 26 MPG.

The article goes on to show comparisons in the performance of transmissions, torque and horsepower, even in weight. Lighter, more powerful and better transmission is what the comparison showed.

The conclusion that Torque News reaches is that it is the details or the small things that make the CX-3 the winner.  The article concludes with this, “The Mazda was just a tiny bit better in all the categories that add up to quickness and fuel economy. That is what Skyactiv means, and why Mazda talks about it so much.”

Check out the CX-3 on our website, or plan a visit to Sport Mazda and make an appointment for a drive.

Source: Car and Driver Magazine, September 2015, Pages 86-97