Poll: Fiat 500X or Mazda CX-3?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Compact crossovers are hot these days. It seems like every automaker is introducing one (or more) to cash in on the craze.

Italian automaker Fiat birthed out a small utility in the form of its 500X. Likewise, its Japanese rival, Mazda, was in the family way as well, something that ultimately resulted in the CX-3.

Starting with the Fiat, which is built in southern Italy, it’s powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir four-cylinder engine. It puts out a more-than-adequate 160 horses and 184 lb-ft of peak torque. A 2.4-liter naturally aspirated ‘banger is also offered. It puts out 180 ponies. Both engines are matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

In comparison, the Mazda CX-3 makes due with just one engine, a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder. Predictably, it’s less muscular than either of the Fiat’s offerings. It delivers 146 horsepower and an equal measure of torque. Likewise, the CX-3’s transmission is less advanced than the 500X’s, giving up three ratios to its competitor. But in spite of these deficiencies the Mazda’s “Zoom-Zoom” heritage could still give it a edge when it comes to driving enjoyment.

Which of these compact crossovers do YOU like more? Compare them directly right here and please vote in out poll!

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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