2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Mazda CX-3
2019 Mazda CX-9 2019 Mazda CX-3


2.5L I4 2.0L I4


227 148

  MPG (City/Highway)

22/28 * 29/34 *


6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic

2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Mazda CX-3

Serving Farmington Hills, MI

Two of the most exciting vehicles in Mazda's crossover lineup are the CX-3, a subcompact, and the midsize CX-9. The former has improved power, a slight face-lift, and new standard safety features for 2019, while the latter has been upgraded with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with improved suspension and cabin insulation. Here's how these two great Mazda SUVs compare with one another.


The CX-3 is equipped with a 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. With front-wheel drive, you'll get the class-leading fuel economy of 29 city/34 highway miles per gallon. Those numbers dip a bit if you opt for an available all-wheel drive.

The larger CX-9 necessitates a more powerful engine, and it more than delivers with a 227-hp turbo-four. This engine is also paired with a six-speed automatic, a combo that gets 22 city/28 highway mpg (among the best fuel economy ratings for midsize SUVs). This vehicle can also tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. Like the CX-3, it's available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Both SUVs both the sharp steering and nimble handling you've come to expect from the Mazda brand.


Size is the primary distinguishing factor of these look-alike SUVs. The smaller CX-3 can accommodate up to five passengers, while the three-row CX-9 has seating for up to seven. If you have a large family, you're likely better off with the midsize.

Each SUV has plenty of passenger space, but you'll get a bit more cargo room with the CX-9. It has more than 14 cubic feet of trunk space, which expands to more than 71 cubic feet with the seats folded flat. Its smaller sibling has more than 12 cubic feet of trunk space, expanding to more than 44 cubic feet.

Both vehicles have elegant interiors appointed with premium materials that wouldn't be out-of-place in luxury SUVs.


Both the 2019 CX-3 and CX-9 have standard features that include the 7-inch touchscreen MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, low-speed automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. The CX-9 has an additional USB port, three-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a moonroof.

If you need to test drive both the CX-3 and CX-9 to make your decision, visit us today at Suburban Mazda of Farmington Hills. Our service-focused sales staff will be happy to answer all your questions about these exceptional SUVs.

* EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.