Originally Posted by TrueNorth
Isn't the cx5 quite a bit bigger than the hrv? Wouldn't the new cx3 be more comparable to the hrv?
What I heard 2 weeks ago from a Mazda rep at a car show, the CX-3 [edit: I initially, typoed CX-5, not CX-3] is looking at a late summer delivery. They were hinting at an August-Sept. time frame.
MPG should be about the same on both, give or take 1 or 2 mpg, and depending on options. The CX-3, however, is looking like it might be pricier than the Honda HR-V by a long shot. It looks like a fully loaded HR-V is going to be around $26k. The Mazda 3 sGrandTouring model with no extra options MSRPs at $26,635. Add in the tech package for $1700, and others, and you hit just above $31k fully loaded for the Mazda3. From what I hear, the CX-3 will run $1-2k higher than the 3. So a fully loaded (not including extra packages if there are any?) HR-V will run around $26k, where a Grand Touring CX-3 w/ no options is looking at $28k+ if the rumors are right, topping out at just over $33k. So it will be anywhere between 2k to 8k higher in price than the HR-V. The 2-8k swing difference is to account for potential inaccuracies, and I hear that somethings will be options above and beyond the $25-26k price for the HR-V, like a panoramic sunroof option.
That is assuming the pricing rumors pan out. And considering that this is going to be potentially positioned between the Mazda3 and the CX-5 in their pricing line-up, thats about right.
Curiously enough though, the CX-3 will ONLY come in the 2.0 liter engine and not the 2.5, and it will not have a center arm rest, and it will actually have less cargo room than the Mazda3 with the rear seats folded down (WTF, really Mazda?!?).
The CX-3 looks so awesome esthetically, but not when you add up the numbers, and options IMHO
SO it is still between the Mazda3 and the HR-V for me.
If there is no panoramic sunroof option in the HR-V and the driver's seat turns out to be as hard and bad as everyone says, then that will push me right towards the Mazda3. Too bad. I was kinda looking to get the cheaper HR-V and using the extra change to buy a used BMW Z3 for fun weekend driving in the mountains w/ the top down!