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The BMW X3 is a luxury small SUV. The Mazda CX-5 is a luxurious affordable small SUV. Is the X3 larger than the CX-5?

Is the BMW X3 bigger than the Mazda CX-5?

The 2023 BMW X3 is 186 inches long, 74 inches wide, and 66 inches tall. The 2023 Mazda CX-5 is 180 inches long, 73 inches wide, and 66 inches tall. The X3 is longer and slightly wider.

The BMW X3 | BMW

The BMW X3 starts at $45,400. It uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to make 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The luxury small SUV achieves 23 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

The X3 comes standard with SensaTec upholstery, dark oak wood trim, and different drive modes. It also includes heated side mirrors, an engine start/stop button, and privacy glass. The BMW X3 features multi-color adjustable ambient lighting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and active blind-spot detection.

The 2023 BMW X3 includes a universal garage door opener, a leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. It also comes with BMW Dynamic Cruise Control, a tire pressure monitor, and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant Voice Control. How does the 2023 BMW X3 compare to the Mazda CX-5 final trim (its most opulent trim level)?

2023 BMW X3 vs. 2023 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature

A white Mazda CX-5 small SUV is driving on the road.
The Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature starts at $39,650. It uses a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 227 horsepower and a whopping 320 lb-ft of torque. The small SUV gets 22 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.

All 2023 Mazda CX-5 models come standard with all-wheel drive. The Turbo Signature also includes Sport and Off-road driving modes. The small SUV features radar cruise control with stop and go, an advanced keyless entry and start system, and paddle shifters.

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Nappa leather-trimmed seats, and genuine layered wood trim. It also includes a wireless phone charger, a Bose 10-speaker surround sound system, and heated front seats.

The Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature is more affordable than the BMW X3. The X3 gets slightly better gas mileage. Ultimately, BMW’s small SUV is still more luxurious than the CX-5 Turbo Signature, so it’s the better buy for drivers with a taste for the finer things. Mazda’s small SUV is pretty snazzy, but it can’t compete with premium German engineering.

Which 2023 BMW X3 trim should you get?

The BMW X3 | BMW

The 2023 BMW X3 comes in three different trim levels. Consumers can choose between the base sDrive30i, the xDrive30i, or the hybrid M40i. Car and Driver recommends the rear-wheel drive base model for drivers that can live without all-wheel drive. Is the X3 the best small luxury SUV in the game right now?

Read more about the Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature in the next article below.


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