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Mazda CX-3

Base MSRP range

$20,390 – $27,145

Mazda’s entry in the mini-utility segment delivers agile, fun-to-drive handling and good fuel economy. The ride is stiff, particularly with the 18-inch wheels and tires that come on most versions, and noise levels are high. The CX-3 is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and the sole powertrain is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic. It’s a smooth, willing engine but isn’t overly powerful. The infotainment system includes a center display screen and a rotary knob to control phone and audio functions, but it takes time to get familiar with its operation. The rear seat is very tight, and cargo space is modest. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning are standard. Adaptive cruise control is available.

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 ranks in the top half of the subcompact SUV class. It offers arguably the sportiest performance in the segment and an upscale cabin. However, many rivals give you more recently upgraded tech and additional passenger and cargo space.

Is the Mazda CX-3 a Good SUV?

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is a good small crossover. In fact, its solid combination of quality and value made it a finalist for our 2019 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money award. Subcompact SUVs are not generally known for their engaging driving dynamics, but the CX-3 is an exception. It’s one of the strongest performers in its class, and it earns impressive safety scores. Its strong brakes, agile maneuvering, responsive steering, and thrifty fuel economy make it a joy to drive.

Should I Buy the Mazda CX-3

The CX-3 should be on your shortlist if you’re interested in a subcompact SUV. It’s priced competitively and offers one of the most dynamic driving experiences in the class. However, shoppers seeking more room for passengers or cargo would be better off with the Honda HR-V, while those wanting more features, such as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto or available wireless charging, might like the Hyundai Kona.

Should I Buy a New or Used Mazda CX-3?

The 2019 CX-3 belongs to a generation that debuted for the 2016 model year. There were no major updates to the 2017 CX-3, but the 2018 model received an updated suspension and low-speed automatic emergency braking, as well as available features such as a heated steering wheel and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. For 2019, Mazda lightly refreshed the CX-3, giving it a little more horsepower, a lightly restyled exterior, and front and rear center armrests.

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