2018 Toyota C-HR vs. 2018 Mazda CX-3

For people looking for subcompact crossover SUVs, it's hard to miss the 2018 Toyota C-HR and the 2018 Mazda CX-3. Both offer cargo space, light-duty capabilities, and passenger comfort, but there are a few key differences that separate these two crossovers.

For drivers in South Brunswick, Freehold, and Lawrence, we've placed these two vehicles side by side, so you can compare all their similarities and differences. Read more about the 2018 Toyota C-HR and 2018 Mazda CX-3 here, and learn where you can go for a test drive of the winner.


Both the C-HR and the CX-3 are equipped with an inline-four engine and offer similar torque and horsepower. The similarities end there though.

The C-HR has a standard continuously variable transmission that has no steps between gears, so it can keep the vehicle at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or at peak horsepower for maximum acceleration. The CX-3 doesn't offer a continuously variable transmission option.

With its larger brake rotors, the C-HR has better stopping power as well, and its standard 18-inch tires offer better traction, ride quality, handling, and braking. The CX-3 has 16-inch wheels standard.

The C-HR also has full independent front and rear suspensions, which allows the wheels to grip the road and keeps the ride smooth, and stabilizer bars to control body roll through corners. The CX-3 only has a semi-independent rear suspension, with no stabilizer bars. The turning radius is tighter on the C-HR as well, so it maneuvers better than the CX-3.


The C-HR and the CX-3 have driver and passenger front, side, and front side-impact airbags, height-adjustable seatbelts, a four-wheel anti-locking braking system, electronic stability control, traction control, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, and front wheel drive. Advanced safety features like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path warning systems are available.

The front and rear seat shoulder belts of the C-HR have a pretensioner system, which tightens the seatbelts in the event of a crash, as well as limiting the pressure on the passengers. The CX-3 doesn't have a pretensioner system.

The C-HR is equipped with a driver alert monitor that detects distractions or drowsiness and responds with an audio warning. The driver alert monitor isn't available for the CX-3.


The C-HR and the CX-3 have spacious interiors, but the C-HR offers more front legroom, hip room, rear headroom, and rear shoulder room than the CX-3. That makes a considerable difference in a subcompact crossover. The C-HR also has more cargo area with the seats up, offering 19 cubic feet, while the CX-3 offers 12.4 cubic feet.

Both vehicles offer power windows, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, and dual-zone climate control, but these features are standard on the C-HR while for the CX-3 they either come on high trim level options, or completely unavailable.

Test Drive the 2018 Toyota C-HR at Dayton Toyota

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is a fine choice for a subcompact crossover, but it can't match the safety, performance, handling, comfort, space, or wide array of standard features offered by the 2018 Toyota C-HR.

Drivers in South Brunswick, Freehold, and Lawrence can experience the difference for themselves by visiting Dayton Toyota to schedule a test drive of the 2018 Toyota C-HR. Contact us today!

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