2021 Hyundai Kona vs Mazda CX-3

Hyundai Kona vs Mazda CX-3

When you’re on the search for a sporty compact crossover sure to turn heads as you cruise the Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock, Colorado, streets, there’s a good chance you’re considering either a Hyundai Kona or a Mazda CX-3. Before you drive off the lot into the sunset in your new ride, you’re going to have to do a bit of research to learn which one is the right fit for you.

Here at McDonald Hyundai, we’re dedicated to helping you every step of the way through your car-buying journey, and we know that starts with the research process. In order to make it as simple as possible for our drivers, we created this handy breakdown of the 2021 Hyundai Kona vs. Mazda CX-3. Now, let’s see how these two compare!

Performance Features & Engine Specs

Hyundai Kona PerformanceTo get started, we’ll look at what powers these two crossovers and head under the hood. With the Hyundai Kona, you’ll have two different engine options to choose from:

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder: 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque
  • 1.6L Turbo 4-cylinder: 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque

The 2.0L engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®, while the 1.6L Turbo engine works with the 7-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission.

In the Mazda CX-3, there’s only one engine, the 2.0L 4-cylinder that puts out 148 horsepower, making it evenly matched with the standard engine found in the Kona. However, it is unable to compete with the available engine offered.

Interior Cabin Space & Comfort

Now, we’ll head inside and check out the interior cabin space. While both crossovers have room for up to five riders, they start to differ when it comes to cargo room:

Hyundai Kona

Mazda CX-3

19.2 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

(behind 2nd row seats)

17.8 cubic feet

45.8 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

(behind 1st row seats)

42.7 cubic feet

As you can see, the Kona has more room for storage than the Mazda CX-3, making it easier to transport groceries, sporting equipment, or luggage for your next road trip.

Innovative Safety Features

Hyundai Kona SafetyFinally, we’ll look at the driver-assistive safety features these crossovers come equipped with.

The Kona provides a plethora of standard and available features that will help you travel on the highway with ease, stay securely in the center of your lane, and mitigate or avoid collisions. These include:

  • Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire indicators
  • Standard Rear Occupant Alert
  • Available Blind-Spot Collision Warning
  • Standard Lane Keeping Assist
  • Available Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection

The Mazda CX-3 does not offer nearly as many features, like Rear Occupant Alert.

The Verdict: 2021 Hyundai Kona vs Mazda CX-3

While both vehicles may be decent choices for your commutes around the Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock, CO, areas, it’s clear that the Hyundai Kona outperforms the Mazda CX-3 in crucial categories, like safety, performance, and interior cabin space.

Here at McDonald Hyundai, we’re dedicated to providing you with a fun and relaxing car-buying experience, so you can find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle. For more information or to schedule your next test drive, give us a call or stop by today!

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