2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Ford Escape

2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Ford Escape

The old adage says "If it's ain't broke, don't fix it." But that doesn't apply to the Mazda CX-3. For the third consecutive year, the Mazda CX-3 received upgrades and updates that are designed to improve upon its already impressive list of features and amenities. For 2018, the Mazda CX-3 added standard automatic emergency braking across its entire lineup, which is a feature that costs extra on many competitors, including the 2018 Ford Escape.

So how else does the 2018 Mazda CX-3 set itself apart from quality contenders like the 2018 Ford Escape? We're digging deep to find out, pitting the two impressive vehicles against each other head-to-head. Keep reading to view the key differences between both small crossover SUVs!

2018 Mazda CX-3


2018 Ford Escape

Starting at $20,110 Starting MSRP Starting at $23,850
39/34/31 MPG city/highway/combined EPA Mileage Estimates 21/29/24 MPG city/highway/combined
Standard Forward Obstruction Warning Not available for all trims
Five Passenger Capacity Five

The 2018 Ford Escape puts up a quality fight against the 2018 Mazda CX-3, but it simply can't outperform the 2018 Mazda CX's fuel-efficient engine, long list of amenities, and affordable price tag. Additionally, the 2018 Escape is noticeably missing features like Forward Obstruction Warning and a 7-inch touchscreen center display, both of which come standard on the 2018 Mazda CX-3.

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 comes in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All three trims come equipped with a powerful and fuel-efficient 2.0-liter SKYACTIV®-G engine that delivers 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, which is coupled with a 6-speed SKYACTIV®-Drive automatic transmission. Standard features come aplenty for all trims, which each trim offering standard Smart City Brake Support, Bluetooth® compatibility, power windows and door locks, cruise control, a rearview camera, the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System, and split-folding rear seats.

Subcompact crossover SUV shoppers looking for more information about the 2018 Mazda CX-3 are encouraged to contact a member of our team here at Matt Castrucci Mazda or stop right in and see us at our location in Dayton! Drivers ready to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Mazda CX-3, or any other model in our inventory, are invited to schedule an obligation-free test drive online today!