Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3

About Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s 2018 CX-3 is by far the most athletic and fun-to-drive entry in the subcompact-SUV field. Sure, you’ll find more interior space in a Honda HR-V, and more features for less money in the Kia Soul, but neither has the CX-3’s impressive handling or upscale interior. The CX-3 also offers the option of all-wheel drive, something you can’t get with the Soul. The sporty Fiat 500X might also seem a good comparison, but the similarities end when it comes to resale and reliability ratings. Interior space aside, the CX-3 triumphs in the areas of styling, handling, price, safety and resale. For those who love everything about the CX-3 but need more room, a step up to the larger CX-5 may prove a satisfactory solution.

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2018 Mazda CX-3
What's new for 2018?
2018 Mazda CX-3

As part of its standard equipment, the 2018 CX-3 gains Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support. New options this year include a heated steering wheel, full-color Active Driving Display and a power driver’s seat with memory. Revisions to the CX-3’s suspension improve handling and comfort while reducing road noise.

  • Expert Rating: 8.6
  • Consumers Rating: 9.5
  • MPG 29|34
2017 Mazda CX-3
What's new for 2017?
2017 Mazda CX-3

Mazda is wisely leaving well enough alone for the most part with its 2017 CX-3. The 18-inch wheels from the Grand Touring model are now standard on the Touring, and Mazda has reduced the price of the i-Activsense safety package by $750.

2016 Mazda CX-3
What's new for 2016?
2016 Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 is all-new for 2016, utilizing all of Mazda’s latest Skyactiv technology.

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Consumer Reviews

Love my CX-3!

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Driving dynamics, interior and exterior appearance"

Cons: "Tight interior and luggage space."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had purchased a CX-5 in 2015 and was drawn to the CX-3 when it came out. I traded in the CX-5 on a Grand Touring CX-3. The vehicle is just awesome. It has finally given me a reason to drive for no reason, just to experience the excellent driving dynamics. No doubt about it, the car is small, so if hauling people or gear is important to you, look elsewhere. The styling, inside and out, is fantastic. I have so many people ogling it and asking what it is. I have only driven it about 200 miles so far, so I cannot rate its reliability. If you want an eye-catching vehicle that begs to be driven, this one might be for you. So far, I am loving every minute with this car and often go outside just to look at it."

51 people out of 53 found this review helpful

CX-3 Perfect for Boomer Empty Nesters

By on Monday, February 27, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handling, AWD, Interior, Safety Features"

Cons: "Storage, Cupholders, Navigation"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Volkswagen bought my diesel Golf TDI back so I started looking around for a car I could buy with the cash (I was willing to chip in the tax and fees). To accommodate the Colorado winters and the dirt roads we find every time we explore a new mountain trail, I wanted AWD. I am boomer-aged so no kids to worry about, just my wife and maybe the dog. In reality, I would drive the car mostly alone, perhaps with my golf clubs and push cart in the back. And I am very picky and like luxury features. I live in a town where if you dont own a Subaru you pay a special tax. I already have an Outback so test-drove a Crosstrek. I went up the canyon and did not get very far before turning back to the dealership. That CVT engine is weak on hills and handles like a stagecoach. I decided to spend some time on research, where I discovered the CX-3 and its generally high marks. I test drove the car after a decent snowfall and loved its AWD handling, not to mention the very cool interior. Two weeks later, I bought the car and asked the dealer to install the interior lighting kit and the soft cargo liner. If you dont know about the latter, check it out. A liner attaches over the rear seat headrests and fully covers the back of the rear seats and the entire back area (a clever use of Velcro). So, when you put the seats down, the entire carpeted area is protected. At the same time, there is also a section that can be draped over the bumper to protect it while taking things in and out. This is perfect for a middle-aged guy like me who hauls golf clubs and a push cart fairly regularly. Nothing in the car get dirty except for this easy-to-clean liner. Enough on that - this is an enjoyable little car to drive. Plenty of zoom-zoom to keep it interesting, and an AWD system that is impressive in various conditions. I am an audiophile and find the Bose system satisfactory - better than most but not quite custom. The interior is stylish and comfortable. The seats hug perfectly, the seat heaters will toast you to a blush. The safety features (I have a fully loaded GT) will match any on the road. The first time your headlights automatically turn to bright will impress you, and the walk-away locking system is so sweet. I am not so enamored of the Navigation system but have never had one I liked. At least the interface is attractive and easy to read. Ive owned the car for just over a month in a stylish Front Range town. In that time, I have seen just ONE other CX-3 on the road. This I love, as seemingly every other car is a Subaru or RAV4 or CRV. Its still new, but I love it and believe I will for years to come."

22 people out of 23 found this review helpful

I am in love

By on Sunday, July 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Driving Dynamics, Quality, Style"

Cons: "Cnter Arm Rest"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have the AWD Touring model with the Bose sound system. The Interior and Exterior are both quality crafted and the car is nimble in traffic and quick. Driving is just ho-hum driving until you sit in a car like this. You then see what many other cars are missing. The car is fun to drive and handles so well that it feels like you are in a sports car rather than a compact SUV. I drove the Honda HRV a couple of times before I bought the Mazda CX3. I loved the styling and the utility of the HRV. Utility wise, the HRV won hands down. But for me, the HRV was slow, slow, slow. I felt like I had to urge it on, push it to climb a hill or accelerate. The HRV also seemed to have a LOT more road noise then the CX3. My least favorite feature on the CX3 is the center arm rest/cup holder arrangement. Mazda needs to be a bit more creative to make that work well. Favorite features are the driving dynamics, the styling, the quality, the heated seats (Touring) and the Blind Spot Monitoring (Touring)."

30 people out of 33 found this review helpful

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