2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Mazda CX-3

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the most respected models in class that is almost universally packed with strong options. Buyers continue to choose the RAV4 year after year because it offers everything they're looking for, strong performance, fuel efficiency and a very adaptable interior. In order to show just how far ahead of the competition, the current version of the crossover SUV is, the product experts at Spitzer Toyota have completed a comparison of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Mazda CX-3. Even a cursory glance at the two models quickly reveals that the 2018 RAV4 is able to best the current CX-3 in every important category, including overall performance, cargo space and towing capacity. Customers can take a closer look at the 2018 Toyota RAV4 with a Spitzer Toyota sales professional by calling, 412-365-4281.

Crossover SUVs, like the 2018 Toyota RAV4, are so successful because they can easily adapt to the changing needs of drivers and passengers. Both the current RAV4 and its Mazda CX-3 rival have seating for up to five passengers. On a practical level, that is about where the similarities end. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a much larger interior that will not only be more comfortable for passengers but will also make hauling cargo easier. When properly configured, the interior of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 has more than 73 cubic-feet of cargo volume to offer. By comparison, the 2018 CX-3 can only make about 44 cubic-feet available. The cargo-hauling advantages of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 extend outside of the vehicle as well. Most versions of the RAV4 will pull 1,500 with a maximum of 3,500 when properly equipped.

 

2018 Toyota RAV4

Vs.

2018 Mazda CX-3

2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
176/172 Horsepower/Torque 146/146
Six-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
73.4 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space 44.5 cu.-ft.

 

Performance Specs

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is also one of the strongest-performing models in its class. Toyota engineers have kept the same powertrain in the 2018 model that has powered previous generations. Under the hood of each 2018 RAV4 available at the Spitzer Toyota showroom is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that is attached to a six-speed automatic. This tried-and-true powertrain will produce 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Customers choosing the 2018 Mazda CX-3 will find themselves at yet another disadvantage in performance. The compact Mazda crossover SUV has a peak output of less than 150 horsepower.

 

 

A look outside the front window of the 2018 Toyota RAV4.
An interior photo showing one of the cargo configurations of the 2018 Toyota RAV4.
A photo of two versions of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 in motion on the road.
A rear right quarter photo of the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

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