The new 2018 Mazda CX-3 is a standout model in its class. It has a sporty handling, well equipped interior and powerful engine. The design is attractive and modern thanks to dynamic KODO design. It is the smallest offering of crossover SUVs in brand’s lineup and below larger CX-5 and CX-9.
The rivals include Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.
2018 Mazda CX-3: Styling, Trims, Safety
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is sports and agile-looking subcompact crossover which blends styling cues from different types of vehicles. Complicated shapes, angles, and lines are merged with the implementation of KODO design language in the attractive entity. Sharp headlights and gaping grille define the front fascia. Sculpted bumper area and pronounced fog lights also improve front side look.
The sports look from the profile side is achieved with sloping roof line and dynamic waistline. The rear side is also heavily sculpted and there is also much cladding in the lower area around the vehicle. Inside, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 looks and feels premium. The dash design is simple but tasteful. The center screen rises from the center stack and below are large HVAC controls.
The steering wheel also looks modern as instrument panel does. The front seats are comfortable with enough space in all directions. However, the rear seating row isn’t so generous and sloping roof also affects the headroom. The rear leg room measures 35 inches and teenagers and smaller adults can seat fine. Behind is available 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space and when rear seat back is folded cargo room is 44.5 cubic feet.
The new Mazda CX-3 2018 comes in three trims including Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. For this model year, 18-inch wheels are standard on Touring models. All CX-3 versions are equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen Mazda’s Connect infotainment system, power locks and windows, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, keyless ignition, etc. Optional Tech package on the Touring trim adds satellite and HD radio, panoramic moonroof, Bose sound system, etc.
Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring:
The top 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring models come with LED lights, leather upholstery, heated seats, navigation, etc. For the safety, standard equipment includes six airbags, rearview camera, and traction and stability control. The i-ActivSense gear is available only on Grand Touring trim and it includes auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic headlights, and adaptive cruise control.
2018 Mazda CX-3: Performance
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 will come with 2.0-liter four cylinder engine. It will produce 146 pound-feet of torque and 146 hp. The option of all-wheel drive and front wheel drive is also available. The engine is matched with the 6-speed automatic transmission system.
It will take 8.5 seconds to get speed 0-60 mph. With front wheel drive EPA estimates the fuel economy 29/35/31 in city/highway/combined. Similarly, with an all-wheel drive, this value will be 27/32/29 mpg.
2018 Mazda CX-3: Price
The price of 2018 Mazda CX-3 is around $19,960 dollars for the base Sport version with FWD. The most expensive variant Grand Touring with AWD costs $26,240.