2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Mazda CX-3

Currently, there is no other class in the automotive industry which can match the flexibility and overall popularity as the crossover SUV segment. Every automaker with a presence in the country offers at least one version of the crossover SUV. Ford is certainly included on this list. Given the wide variety models and the equally wide range of differing capabilities, crossover SUV shopping presents a unique and difficult challenge. Comparing and contrasting the 2018 Ford Escape vs. 2018 Mazda CX-3 lends a pretty clear advantage to the Ford model in almost every commonly used metric. Even a cursory glance at the two crossover SUVs shows that the 2018 Escape has better performance figures, more maximum cargo space and the ability for towing. The 2018 Ford Escape is currently available at Heritage Ford showroom.

Ford has kept the changes made to the 2018 Escape pretty modest. The biggest change comes with the addition of the new SEL trim, which ranks just below the top-of-the-line Titanium trim. Some of the features which help set the 2018 Ford Escape SEL trim apart from the competition, like the Mazda CX-3, include a power liftgate, leather upholstery and the feature-packed Ford Sync 3 infotainment system. In fact, another area where the 2018 Escape overwhelms the 2018 CX-3 is technology. The Sync 3 system is compatible with applications from Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Using many of the same popular applications that people have on their smartphones, owners of the 2018 Escape will be able to find parking, compare gas prices along a given route and schedule service appointments.

2018 Ford Escape
VS2018 Mazda CX-3
2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
3,500 lbs.
68 cu.-ft.
Max. Cargo Space44.5 cu.-ft.

2018 Escape vs. 2018 CX-3: Performance and Convenience Features

Heritage Ford customers considering the 2018 Ford Escape will have three engine options to choose from, depending on which of the trims they take home. The standard powertrain setup consists of a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine attached to a six-speed automatic transmission, giving drivers 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque to work with. By comparison, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 uses a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. This is the only engine available for the Mazda crossover SUV. Other available engines for the 2018 Escape include a turbocharged, 1.5-liter and a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with a peak output of 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque.

As important as performance is, the ability for owners to do what they want is even more so. In terms of available interior space, the 2018 Ford Escape has significantly more to offer than the 2018 Mazda CX-3. When configured for maximum cargo hauling, the 2018 Escape makes up to 68 cubic-feet available. At best the 2018 CX-3 offers just over 44 cubic-feet.