Poll: Mazda CX-3 or MINI Countryman?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Both the Mazda CX-3 and MINI Countryman are fun-to-drive small crossovers, but is one better than the other?

Well, that’s up to you to decide by voting in our latest poll! Which of these versatile, efficient schleppers would you rather make monthly payments on? To get a better idea, you can compare them directly right here.

Starting with the Mazda, it features a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine. All told, this unit delivers 146 horsepower and the same measure of torque. Power is routed to either the front or all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

As for the MINI Countryman, it’s motivated by a base 1.6-liter ‘banger that’s good for a rather dull 121 ponies and just 114 lb-ft of twist. Of course, if you want more you can always opt for the up-level, turbocharged version of this engine in the Countryman S. They churn out a much more livable 181 horses. A manual or automatic gearbox is available; both offer six forward ratios.

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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  • Steven Rosengren Steven Rosengren on Feb 28, 2016

    CX-3 I own the CX-3 and it is a very well designed CUV. I do not need a lot of hauling space, so the size for me is great. The acceleration, handling and styling are best in class. The car is so nimble and fun to drive, I look forward to driving it everyday.

  • MadFerret9 MadFerret9 on Feb 28, 2016

    eew wth is with the interior of the Mini.. those hipster analog gauges trying to be all ironic.