Powered by
  • WheelsWheels
  • 4X4 Australia4X4 Australia
  • Street MachineStreet Machine
  • Trade Unique CarsTrade Unique Cars

Honda HR-V vs Mazda CX-3 vs Mitsubishi ASX: Which small SUV should I buy?

26 May 2017 Car Advice

Honda HR-V vs Mazda CX-3 vs Mitsubishi ASX: Which small SUV should I buy?

Which of these popular small SUVs are best for around town and are most convenient in terms of mobility?

>Question: Keeley

I don’t know which small SUV to get; the Mazda CX-3 Maxx, Mitsubishi ASX or Honda HR-V. I mainly drive to work and back and sometimes on the freeway. I have a tumour so need the height of the SUV for ease of getting in and out.

Budget: $25,000

Answer: Alex

Hi Keeley,

You’re shopping in a popular and highly competitive section of the market, so you should be able to haggle a good deal.  

As for which of this trio you should purchase, I’d recommend the Honda HR-V most. It strikes the sweetest blend of strong value, ample standard equipment and well-sorted handling. It also boasts an eye-catching design, and is bigger outside, roomier inside and has a taller seating position than the Mazda CX-3, so it should suit your needs for easy entry and egress.  Its interior also has Honda’s clever ‘magic seats’, which can fold and move in clever ways to help improve its practicality and load carrying ability.


The Mitsubishi ASX is similar in size, and offers the same level of ease when it comes to getting in and out, however it is a much older SUV than the Honda. You feel this inside with a dated interior, and the ASX’s handling can’t match the Honda’s either.

However, the Mitsubishi has a stronger five-year warranty (against Honda’s three-year) and excellent equipment levels. Plus, given its age, the ASX is very competitively priced. Make sure you haggle hard to secure a sharp deal


The Mazda CX-3 is the best-handling SUV in this class, and its seats are actually more comfortable than the Honda’s, however its interior is more compact.

WhichCar has recently compared these three models so have a read if you’d like more detail.

READ NEXT: Honda HR-V Range Review
READ NEXT: Mazda CX-3 Range Review
READ NEXT: Mitsubishi ASX Range Review