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The 2018 Mazda CX-5 has added cylinder deactivation to its list of tricks. To save fuel, it can shut down two cylinders, boosting efficiency and making use of the car’s velocity. This is the first mainstream use of this technology with a four-cylinder engine. Power outlay is 187 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is 23 mpg and 31 mpg highway. It has 7.6 inches of ground clearance. In comparison, Mazda CX-3 models weigh less and are more compact than the Mazda CX-5. As such, they don’t require quite as much power. The 146-horsepower engine generates 146 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard ground clearance is 6.1 inches. Owners can expect to earn 29 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
U.S. News and World Report writes that the interior looks like it belongs in a much pricier model than the Mazda CX-3. Edmunds says the Mazda CX-5 looks more expensive inside than it is. Clearly, quality materials have been used to create both cabins. If you want a bit more, you can add leatherette or leather seats. For 2018, the Mazda CX-3 added a heated steering wheel and power-heated front seats, two items already on the Mazda CX-5 menu. In the back seat, Mazda CX-5 passengers will appreciate their own vents and dedicated USB ports.
Size is definitely a factor when deciding which SUV is right for your lifestyle. The Mazda CX-5 is bigger, providing 107 cu.ft. in the passenger cabin compared to about 88 in the Mazda CX-3. Naturally there’s more room in the backseat of the Mazda CX-5. Likewise, the Mazda CX-5 has a bigger cargo hold (30.8 cubes vs. 12.4 cubes). The two have split-folding seats allowing the Mazda CX-3 hold to grow to 41 cubic feet and the Mazda CX-5 hold to grow to 59.6 cu.ft.
Standard technology in both SUVs is the Mazda seven-inch touchscreen. The multi-function Commander control makes it easy to use. Apps include Stitcher, Pandora, and Aha. You can use SMS text messaging to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Higher editions add a Bose sound system. Helping match the Mazda CX-5 ride quality to the Mazda CX-3, engineers have added more sound insulation to the smaller SUV for 2018.
For 2018, the Mazda CX-5 has added important safety standards, including a blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. Smart City Brake Support, which was already standard on the Mazda CX-5, has been added to the 2018 Mazda CX-3. Both models have been named a Top Safety Pick by the crash testing experts at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Additional systems include a lane keeper, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and automatic windshield wipers. Mazda also upgrades brake support to include higher-speed situations.
You can take your pick of these top-ranked SUVs at Five Star Mazda. Come enjoy a test drive.
All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.