Despite being one of the newest entries in the compact crossover segment, the Mazda CX-3 has already carved a name for itself with its edgy exterior, peppy powertrain, and sporty handling. While the CX-3 may have a similar ride height to its competitors, Mazda's engineers have found a way to make the vehicle behave like a tall hatchback, making it a standout option in a rapidly-expanding segment.
What's New for 2018
The most substantial change for the 2018 CX-3 is the addition of Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system – forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking to the layman – as standard across the entire range of trims. It was optional on the range-topping Grand Touring trim last year and can automatically apply the vehicle’s brakes at speeds below 19 miles per hour.
In addition to the new safety system, the CX-3 gets the automaker’s G-Vectoring Control, which, according to Mazda, should improve the crossover’s handling. But Mazda didn’t stop there, as the automaker revised the chassis and steering for improved handling, sound suppression, and comfort, as well.
The CX-3 also gets a few new features, including a full-color head-up dipslay, a heated steering wheel, and a power driver’s seat with memory settings. Pricing for the CX-3 has increased modestly, with the entry-level front-wheel-drive Sport trim starting at $21,050 (all prices include the $940 destination fee), an increase of $150 over the previous model that started at $20,900.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-3
All CX-3 trims are powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. The engine is matched to a six-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shift and a Sport mode. Available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, CX-3 trims that send their power to the front wheels are capable of returning up to 29 miles per gallon in the city, 34 on the highway, and 31 combined. All-wheel-drive trims get two mpg less than their two-wheel-drive counterparts.
Featuring Mazda’s “Kodo” design philosophy, all CX-3 trims have the same exciting look, although its stylish lines come at the expense of cargo space. The CX-3's tiny trunk is only capable of holding up to 12.4 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row, barely half of some competitors.
The CX-3 is available in there different trims.
With the addition of Smart City Brake Support as standard on all trims, the base CX-3 Touring now becomes the most attractive trim out of the entire lineup. Spending an additional $1,250 for all-wheel drive is a worthwhile purchase, as it brings Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control with it and all-year usability.