2020 Mazda CX-3 vs 2020 Buick Encore

Out of everything you could have in mind when you’re shopping for a new subcompact crossover SUV, the feel of the drive might not be one, but it should be. When you get down to brass tacks, as long as you have enough seats and safety for your passengers, the most important aspect of a vehicle is how it feels to drive. That may mean acceleration, steering, traction, or a number of other things. 

The 2020 Mazda CX-3 follows a long line of Mazda vehicles designed to give you the best driving experience. But the 2020 Buick Encore has had a few adjustments lately, so how does it compare the CX-3 in key driving traits? Read the chart below to see how the two vehicles differ. 

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2020 Mazda CX-3 


2020 Buick Encore 

2.0L I4 Engine  Engine 1.4L I4 Turbo 
148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of Torque  Horsepower and Torque  138 Horsepower and 148 lb-ft of Torque 
29 City MPG/34 Highway MPG/31 Combined MPG  Fuel Economy  25 City MPG/30 MPG Highway/27 Combined MPG 
$20,640  Starting MSRP  $23,200 


Comparison Analysis 

The turbocharged engine in the Buick Encore might attract some, but in the end, the turbo only improves the torque by a hair over the CX-3. With 10 more horsepower, it makes perfect sense that drivers prefer the acceleration in the Mazda crossover over the sluggish Buick alternative. With a more traditional engine, the CX-3 is easier on gasoline prices and makes for one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers for highway driving. The best choice for those who pay attention to handling and responsiveness is the 2020 Mazda CX-3. 

Other Features on the 2020 Mazda CX-3 

  • Ventilated Front Disc/Solid Rear Disc Brakes 
  • Adaptive, Dusk-Sensing LED Headlamps 
  • Child Seat Anchors 
  • Emergency Braking Preparation System 
  • Climate Control 
  • Adaptive Cruise 
  • Keyless Ignition 
  • Interior Air Filtration 
  • And More! 
2020 Mazda CX-3 interior showing screen and blurred steering wheel
2020 Mazda CX-3 interior from passenger perspective
2020 Mazda CX-3 red exterior parked on grey background