Is the Mazda CX-3 or Mazda CX-9 Right for Your SUV Needs?

If you're looking for a sleek SUV that offers fluid styling and a more dynamic driving experience than its rivals, the Mazda lineup has plenty of exceptional choices. Both the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-9 can add elegance and exhilaration to every drive, but which one is right for you? How are these exquisite SUVs similar and what sets them apart? Here at our dealership, you can explore both and see how they compare.

Which SUV is for You?

The first thing to examine when comparing the CX-3 and CX-9 is size. The CX-3 is classified as a subcompact SUV while the CX-9 is a midsize SUV.

If you want a versatile vehicle that is on the smaller side of the spectrum, the agile five-passenger CX-3 is perfect for navigating busy streets and getting in and out of parking spaces, all the while making excellent use of the room it has and supplying you with ample room for passengers and cargo.

Drivers who need a vehicle with more room will appreciate the larger seven-passenger CX-9. This SUV is longer, wider, and taller than the CX-3. As such, it boasts quite a bit more passenger volume and cargo space, making it an excellent family-friendly choice.


Both the CX-3 and CX-9 offer impressive handling and fuel economy. The smaller CX-3 is sporty and dynamic while the CX-9 is agile and energetic. Front-wheel drive comes standard on both and all-wheel drive is optional.

While these SUVs offer many of the same incredible features to help improve performance and fuel economy, they are powered by different engines. Due to the difference in size, the CX-9 boasts a more powerful engine


Mazda CX-3

  • All trims powered by 2.0L four-cylinder engine
  • Up to 146 horsepower
  • 146 pound-feet of torque

Mazda CX-9

  • All trims powered by a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine
  • Up to 250 horsepower
  • 310 pound-feet of torque


Stepping into either the CX-3 or the CX-9 will reveal a wealth of space and plenty of amazing features, many of which are shared such as a standard 7-inch infotainment display, rearview camera, six-speaker sound system, and more to help you elevate your driving experience. Both models offer SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control to help smooth out your drive and make subtle shifts to vehicle weight and power delivery to put less stress on your vehicle and improve the overall ride quality for you and your passengers.

But while these SUVs share many of the advanced technologies that make the Mazda lineup so special and connect to each other through the automaker's KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy, they are not without their differences.

The first difference you may notice is the presence of a third row in the CX-9, offering more seating for passengers. Other differences in standard feature include:

Mazda CX-3

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • CD player
  • USB port
  • And more

Mazda CX-9

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • And more


Both SUVs boast phenomenal safety scores for their respective classes and offer a wide variety of driver-assist features to help you and your loved ones stay secure and breathe a little easier while out on the road.

The primary difference between the CX-3 and the CX-9 in terms of safety is that while both models offer driver-assist features such as a blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert, more of these features are standard or optional with the family-oriented CX-9 while the smaller CX-3 saves these for higher trims.

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See how the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-9 stack up when you visit us at our Mazda dealership in Stamford serving Connecticut drivers in the Norwalk, Danbury, Greenwich, and Milford areas today!


Riley Mazda

75 Myrtle Ave
Directions Stamford, CT 06902

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