Crossover Comparison: 2020 MAZDA CX-3 vs. 2021 CX5

2020 MAZDA CX-3 vs. 2021 CX5

2020 MAZDA CX-3


2021 MAZDA CX-5
$20,640 MSRP*

Starting Price

$25,270 MSRP*
2.0L SKYACTIV®-G 4-cylinder engine

Base Engine

2.5L SKYACTIV®-G 4-cylinder engine
SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic


SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic with manual shift and Sport Mode
Front-wheel drive (FWD) or i-ACTIV AWD® with Off-road Traction Assist


Front-wheel drive (FWD) or i-ACTIV AWD® with Off-road Traction Assist
29 city/34 highway mpg**

EPA-Estimated MPG

25 city/31 highway mpg**

Mazda SUV models are among the most popular with Conway families, so how do you choose which option is right for you? We’ll go through the popular 2020 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2021 CX-5 to compare features head-to-head in this crossover comparison. While both offer Mazda’s signature technology and performance, they offer slightly different specs and dimensions that might influence your ultimate decision. Let’s find out which Mazda SUV is your perfect choice.

MAZDA CX-3 vs. CX5: Performance and Price

The two different Mazda SUV models offer two different personalities on the Murrells Inlet roads. The Mazda CX-3 is the more affordable and fuel-efficient option, while the Mazda CX-5 has a larger and stronger engine with higher output. See for yourself:

2020 MAZDA CX-3

  • $20,640* MSRP
  • 2.0L Skyactiv®-G 4-cylinder engine
  • 148 hp
  • 29 mpg city/34 mpg highway**

2021 MAZDA CX-3

  • $25,190* MSRP
  • 2.5L Skyactiv®-G 4-cylinder engine
  • 187 hp
  • 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway**

MAZDA CX-3 vs. CX5: Interior

No matter which Mazda SUV you choose, you’ll enjoy spacious dimensions and comforts within the technology-packed cabin. And both models include amenities such as MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment Systems and Bluetooth® hands-free capabilities. However, each model also offers its own set of unique features like:

  • 2020 MAZDA CX-3: 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, a 12-volt power outlet, rear window defogger with timer, remote keyless illuminated entry system with “answer back” feature, and cloth-trimmed sport seats
  • 2021 MAZDA CX-5: 40/20/40 split one-touch fold-down and reclining seatback, 4-speaker audio systems with automatic level control, optional tow hitch receiver, fog lights, remote ignition, and garage door opener

MAZDA CX-3 vs. CX5: Safety

Mazda SUV models are equipped with state-of-the-art safety technology, designed to keep you safe and secure on the Florence roads. Both models are equipped with the following:

  • Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control System
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • LATCH System
  • Optional Lane Departure Warning System

Test Drive a MAZDA SUV at Beach Automotive Group

You’ve read all about the Mazda CX-3 vs. CX5, now why not conduct a crossover comparison of your own at Beach Automotive Group? Our team would be happy to introduce you to the Mazda SUV models in person and take you on a test drive through Myrtle Beach! We even offer online shopping with complimentary home delivery, so contact us to learn more about your options.


*MSRP excludes tax, title, license fees and $945 destination charge (Alaska $990). Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.

**EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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