Compare the Hyundai Kona to the Mazda CX-3

Hyundai Kona vs. the Mazda Competition in Greater New Orleans


Hyundai Kona Takes on Mazda CX-3 -- Which Subcompact SUV is Right for You?

Both Hyundai and Mazda produce crossovers that are prime choices for Louisiana drivers. Each comes capable, sporty, and a lot of fun to drive, both on the road and out of the way. Each is economical with fuel for longer hauls, and both are loaded with the high-end features, advanced tech, and safety and driver-assistance systems that commuters and seasoned travelers need. However, when it comes to what matters most, the new Kona pulls ahead. See where and how right here at Hyundai of Metairie.

Hyundai Kona vs. Mazda CX-3

  • Kona SE and midrange trims incorporate a 2.0-liter inline-four engine with plenty of pep. It delivers 147 horsepower backed by 132 pound-feet of torque. CX-3 may edge the Kona base out with a few extra horses and more turning and pulling power -- its lineup's engine puts out 148 horsepower and 146 pound-feet. However, Kona Limited and later trims feature a turbocharged 175-horsepower, 1.6-liter I4 capable of 195 pound-feet. CX-3 never advances beyond its initial ratings. That makes our small SUV the more agile accelerator.
  • The seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission available in higher Kona trims gets rid of a torque converter altogether, resulting in some of the smoothest gear shifts around. CX-3 still has a gear-driven, converter-equipped six-speed auto.
  • Hyundai SmartSense comes standard in all Kona trims. It's our automaker's exclusive suite of driver aids. The system features forward collision-avoidance assistance, a lane-keep assist system, and driver attention warning functionality. Further options range from collision warning systems for your blind spot and rear cross-traffic to lane change assistance and a pedestrian detector, not to mention a parking distance warning. CX-3 features only blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and smart city brake support in Sport and Touring. You have to go top-of-the-line, to Grand Touring, to get pedestrian detection, a collision warning system, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and lane departure warning. The verdict: Kona offers more comprehensive safety features sooner. That makes it the better choice for navigating traffic around Kenner, up I-10 to Slidell, or elsewhere in the greater New Orleans area.
  • A Hyundai SUV is the more comfortable choice. Seating options in Kona come in either cloth or leather. They're available heated and power-adjustable and power drivers-side lumbar support is optional. There's no lumbar support offered in CX-3.
  • Kona makes available up to 45.8 cubic feet of space for cargo -- sizable for the small crossover segment. CX-3, on the other hand, only offers up to 44.5 cubic feet.
  • A 7-inch display audio touchscreen comes standard in Kona, with its Ultimate trim building in an 8-inch model with integrated navigation. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also come standard to let you connect a smartphone, not to mention that dual front USB ports and wireless device charging are available for keeping your electronics up to speed. There's even a heads-up display option that can project critical driving metrics on the dashboard. CX-3 only features one infotainment system, its 7-inch MAZDA CONNECT model. Neither Android nor Apple phone tech is offered, there's only one USB port, wireless device charging isn't available, and no heads-up display's offered. That means Kona is the tech-savvier option.

There's plenty more to the new Hyundai Kona where these exciting advancements on the competition came from. Give us a call or drop by the showroom here at 5969 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie. We'll schedule you for a test drive you're sure to remember!