For those who want a smaller SUV which is fun to drive, good for all-weather conditions and with eye-catching styling, then they should consider the Mazda CX-3. The 2018 model year has already been presented to the world, but today we will talk about the newest 2019 Mazda CX-3.
You’ll definitively love the subcompact CX-3 because of its excellent handling and available all-wheel drive system which for example is not available in one of its rivals: Kia Soul. Furthermore, considering all the areas in which this vehicle shows great ratings, its price is very reasonable. The safety is in the top of the class, its exterior design is simple but very beautiful, and the fuel economy is relatively good. However, although the cabin is very pleasant and well-equipped, it is a bit crowded and for those who need more space then you can check its larger sibling, the CX-5.
The 2018 model year has brought some upgrades in the equipment department. So, among standard features, there is the Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support. As well, the manufacturer has added a few more options which include power driver’s set with memory, a heated steering wheel, and full-color driving display. Moreover, because of the revised suspension, the CX-3 is even better to handle and the road noise has been reduced which made the cabin more pleasant.
Powertrain, transmission, and performance of the 2019 Mazda CX-3
There won’t be any surprises when it comes to the engine. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 will be powered by the same engine as before. And there is one engine option available. It is a 2.0-liter inline-4 which is able to make 146 hp and the torque of 146 lb-ft. This engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. As well, it is offered with front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.
As for the fuel economy, with FWD it gets 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel drive, it is rated at 27/32 mpg.
Exterior styling and interior design
The exterior design of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is simple but very attractive. It looks sharp and very similar to the larger CX-5 with its long hood, coupe-like rear end and sporty and athletic appearance. The base model will ride on 16-inch wheels while the higher trims will feature the larger 18-inch wheels.
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 features a sufficiently spacious and cozy cabin although the rear-seat passengers could feel a bit crowded and will lack in leg room. The seats are upholstered in cloth while the Touring will feature synthetic leather and the Grand Touring rear leather upholstery. The dashboard is fitted with a 7.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system.
The base model comes standard with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, two USB ports, keyless ignition, automatic emergency braking, and so on.
The Touring trim will add heated front seats, automatic climate control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitors, automatic headlights etc. The Grand Touring will include LED lighting, navigation, head-up display and so on.
Release date and price
The released date of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is still not officially confirmed. Its price should start at around $ 21,000.