2019 Ford Ecosport vs 2019 Mazda CX-3

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  • 2019 Ford EcoSport

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    2019 Mazda CX-3

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    2Available Engines1
    123-166 HPHorsepower148 HP
    4Available Trims3
    50 cu.ft.Max Cargo Space44.5 cu.ft.
    1,400-2,000 LBSTowing Capacity1,031-1,038 LBS

    Compact SUVs are a great choice for a lot of drivers who want the convenience and functionality of an SUV without committing to a full-size option. Since there are so many models available on the market, it can be helpful to narrow down the options out there by comparing them and looking at what each has to offer. When you take a good look at the 2019 Ford EcoSport vs 2019 Mazda CX-3 and see how they stack up, certain patterns begin to emerge.

    For example, the EcoSport starts off at a lower suggested retail price from the manufacturer, which can help you save money, and there are more trim levels to choose from than you can get on the Mazda CX-3. Similar engines are available with both of these vehicles, though the Ford EcoSport has two different engines available and only one is found with the CX-3. That gives you more freedom in how you want to set up your vehicle and lets you customize your ride to get just the options you want.

    There are good interior options and safety features available with both of these vehicles, but overall the options are just superior when looking at the 2019 Ford EcoSport. Of course, some of these features can differ depending on what trim level you look at, but when examining comparable options, the EcoSport comes out on top time and again. Perhaps this explains why so many drivers have chosen the 2019 Ford EcoSport as the compact SUV that is right for them.

  • Performance Options

    An orange EcoSport drives off with a win for 2019 Ford EcoSport vs 2019 Mazda CX-3

    Although there is no hard and fast rule in the auto industry that “more is always better,” in general it is better to have more options when looking at vehicles. When there is only one engine available, then it needs to be just right for everyone. By offering more engines to choose from, drivers can pick the build and configuration that is right for them, which creates more freedom in getting just the right vehicle.

    The 2019 Ford EcoSport has two different engines to choose from so that you can pick just the right one for your needs. The standard engine is a 1.0L EcoBoost engine that features auto start-stop technology to help reduce gas usage and emissions. There is also a 2.0L Ti-VCT engine that features the same start-stop technology and both of them have 6-speed automatic transmissions. The 2019 Ford EcoSport comes with front-wheel drive standard, but 4WD is available and comes standard with the highest trim level.

    By comparison, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 has only a single engine available with no other options for upgrades or differences in trim level. Fortunately, Mazda chose a pretty good engine and includes a 2.0L DOHC engine that also has a 6-speed automatic transmission. There are options for both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, depending on the configuration you choose. While the 2.0L engine is great, it is just a shame there is no other choice for drivers who do not need that much power in their vehicle.

  • Trim Levels and Choices

    Loading plants and supplies into the rear of a 2019 Ford EcoSport

    When looking at and comparing different vehicles, it is often helpful to consider the trim levels that are available for both of them. While there may be additional packages available with other upgrades, the trim levels will tell you a lot about what is available. With more trim levels to choose from, it is easier to find exactly what you need without paying more for options you do not want.

    The 2019 Ford EcoSport has an impressive four different trim levels to choose from. It starts with the EcoSport S, which is the baseline model that has the standard 1.0L engine and the basic setup you would expect. From there, you can upgrade to the EcoSport SE, which has the same engine and similar setup, but includes a number of upgrades such as nicer wheels, a power moonroof, and side mirrors with signal indicators.

    There is also a 2019 Ford EcoSport Titanium model available, which has the same engine but features slightly larger tires. The Titanium also has additional chrome molding and other upgrades over the SE. Finally, there is an EcoSport SES model available, which includes the more powerful 2.0L engine and 4WD as standard features, along with other improvements including an auto-dimming rearview mirror and heated steering wheel.

    On the other hand, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 has only three different trim levels to choose from, which gives you less freedom in figuring out exactly what you want in your vehicle. The CX-3 Sport is the standard build and has the basic options included in it. From there, the CX-3 can be improved to the Touring trim level, which features heated side mirrors, larger wheels, and leather details in the interior.

    Finally, there is the 2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring, which features a power moonroof, front bumper details, and adaptive lighting. Between these three options, there are great builds that have a lot of good features. But with fewer trim levels to choose from, it can be harder to find what’s just right for you compared to the four levels available from the Ford EcoSport.

  • Interior Features and Technology

    Ambient blue lighting inside the 2019 Ford EcoSport

    Interior features and options can vary when looking at a vehicle depending on the trim level you consider. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the optimal builds for both of these vehicles and see what they have to offer. Just remember these may not be standard or available features at every trim level.

    The 2019 Ford EcoSport SES features a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, numerous power-points and USB ports for charging devices and connectivity, and ambient lighting. It features an 8-inch LCD touchscreen with Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, a 7-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, and voice-activated Navigation. There is an auto-dimming rearview mirror available, outside temperature display and compass, and automatic temperature control.

    The 2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring features a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for audio, power outlets, and USB ports for connectivity and charging. There is a 7-inch touchscreen display with Navigation, and a 7-speaker premium audio system. The CX-3 lacks an auto-dimming rearview mirror, but does include the ambient temperature and driver display.

  • Safety Features

    A blue 2019 Ford EcoSport drives through a city, turning heads as it goes

    Nothing is more important than the safety of a vehicle, which largely relies on the kinds of safety features that are included or available. These can depend on the trim level chosen – particularly when it comes to what is included compared to what is available and requires an upgrade. In order to keep this simple, let’s look at the best safety features on both of these compact SUVs and see how they compare.

    The 2019 Ford EcoSport has an impressive suite of safety features including numerous airbags throughout the inside, an emergency brake assist system, and AdvanceTrac with stability and traction control. There is a hill start assist system to help prevent rolling while on a hill, a reverse sensing system available, and a rearview camera. There is also an available blind spot system with cross-traffic alert and a post-crash alert system just in case the unthinkable does happen. The Ford MyKey system also lets you indicate certain keys are used by a young driver, which lets you restrict some settings when that key is used to help new drivers build safe habits and become better drivers.

    Safety features on the 2019 Mazda CX-3 are also quite good, including numerous airbags and smart brake support with collision warning. There is also a lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. The CX-3 also has a hill launch system to help with parking or starting the vehicle on a hill, and a rearview camera. The CX-3 lacks the MyKey system found in the Ford EcoSport, however, which is disappointing for anyone with young drivers.

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