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The Mazda CX-3 took the subcompact crossover world by storm in 2016, and it remained unchanged in its sophomore year. In 2018, we expect this tiny people mover to remain virtually unchanged once again.

Boasting the latest version of the Mazda Kodo design language, there is no reason for Mazda to make any visual changes to the crossover. So, look for it to be visually identical to the current model inside and out.

We also anticipate its standard features remaining unchanged in the new year too. If this proves true, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 will come standard with 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, a rear spoiler, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen.

Buyers looking for a more upscale model will have the option to buy the Touring or Grand Touring trims. For more advanced tech and safety features, buyers can add the i-Activsense Package to the range-topping Grand Touring trim.

Another area we expect to remain the same is its powertrain, as we expect the 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque to remain. This engine will pair with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive as standard, but all-wheel drive will be an option.

Mazda CX-3

The IIHS rates the current CX-3 as a Top Safety Pick Plus, thanks to its stellar crash-test scores, superior-rated front-crash avoidance system, and acceptable-rated headlights. Keep in mind that the latter two ratings are with the Grand Touring trim and the optional i-Activsense package. These ratings should carry into the new year unchanged.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 should start production in June, and we expect it to land in showrooms in July.

With no changes in the works, we expect nothing more than very mild changes to pricing relative to the current model, which ranges from $20,900 to $27,180 (destination fees included). Mazda often offers attractive lease deals on the CX-3 and recently added a small factory rebate.

The key competitors for the 2018 CX-3 will include the Honda HR-V, FIAT 500X, and the Jeep Renegade.

Learn about the current CX-3 on sale now »

Pictured: 2017 CX-3

Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3

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