When we compare the Mazda CX-3's and the Ford Fiesta's specifications and ratings, the Mazda CX-3 has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, resale value, interior volume and base engine power. The Ford Fiesta has the advantage in the area of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. Based on this comparison of the Mazda CX-3's and the Ford Fiesta's specifications and ratings, the Mazda CX-3 is a better car than the Ford Fiesta.
Mazda CX-3 vs. Ford Fiesta Pricing
A used 2019 Mazda CX-3 ranges from $16,998 to $25,096 while a used 2019 Ford Fiesta is priced between $10,495 to $18,928.
Mazda CX-3 vs. Ford Fiesta Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Mazda CX-3 loses 35.6 percent of its value and the Ford Fiesta loses 42 percent of its value. This means the Mazda CX-3 retains 6.4 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Ford Fiesta.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Mazda CX-3’s base engine makes 148 horsepower, and the Ford Fiesta base engine makes 120 horsepower. The CX-3 is rated to deliver an average of 31 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 432 miles. The Fiesta is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 434 miles.This gives the Mazda CX-3 the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Ford Fiesta the advantage in maximum range. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Mazda CX-3, a crossover/subcompact SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Ford Fiesta, a subcompact car, has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front leg room and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Mazda CX-3 has higher safety ratings than the Ford Fiesta, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4 out of 5 Stars.