The 2017 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2017 Buick Encore

2017 Mazda CX-3

2017 Mazda CX-3

2017 Buick Encore

2017 Buick Encore

If you’re on the hunt for an incredible compact SUV, then the 2017 Mazda CX-3 and 2017 Buick Encore may already be on your list. These two vehicles are some of the most popular models in the segments thanks to their spacious interiors and powerful performance specs. So, which one will be right for you? We compared the 2017 Mazda CX-3 and 2017 Buick Encore in some key areas to help you figure out which is the better choice for your lifestyle. Learn more before heading to Biggers Mazda for a test drive!


Under the hood of the 2017 Mazda CX-3, you’ll find a  2.0L engine that produces 146 hp, as opposed to the 2017 Buick Encore’s 1.4L engine that generates just 138 hp. The Mazda CX-3 can go from 0-60 mph in just 9.6 seconds, whereas the Buick Encore goes for 0-60 mph in 11 seconds. Two-wheel drive Mazda CX-3 models can achieve an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway compared to the two-wheel drive Encore model’s 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Upgrade to four-wheel drive for an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway on the Mazda CX-3 and 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway on the Encore.

Get a better grip on the road with excellent suspension and handling on the Mazda CX-3. In Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” test, the Mazda CX-3 performer tighter turns than the Encore at 27.6 seconds instead of 28.2 seconds. The Mazda CX-3 also has a better turning circle than the Encore at 34.8 feet instead of 36.7 feet.


The 2017 Mazda CX-3 comes standard with Whiplash-Reducing Headrests that are built to protect passengers’ necks and spines in the event of a rear end collision. You will not find these headrests in the Encore. The Mazda CX-3 also features optional Smart City Brake Support, which features automatic braking if you don’t react quickly enough in a dangerous situation. Because of its impressive range of advanced safety features, the Mazda CX-3 has been named a 2016 Top Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) based on its performance in side, front, rear impact, and roof-crush tests. The Encore was only named a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.


The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is also an incredibly convenient vehicle, as it comes standard with a remote release for the fuel door. This is not standard in the Encore, which means you’ll have to shell out more money for the same feature. The Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring trim comes with light sensors that adjust to oncoming traffic, which you won’t find on the Encore. With the standard heads-up display in the Mazda CX-3, you have access to important details directly in your line of vision so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road in front of you. You can also add the optional Radar Cruise Control to the Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring for advanced following—you vehicle won’t go over the preset speed, and it will speed up or slow down to find the safest following distance to the traffic around you.

Explore the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Lineup at Biggers Mazda!

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 and the 2017 Buick Encore are comparable in some ways, but the Mazda CX-3 is the clear standout model. Visit Biggers Mazda today, and we’ll be happy to set up a test drive for you. Contact us online if you’d like more information before heading to our dealership!

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