Racy exterior styling; handsome interior, excellent build quality; available AWD; sports-car-like handling; good fuel economy; advanced collision-avoidance systems
Tiny rear seat; limited cargo space; weak engine; narrow side glass makes a guessing game out of parallel parking; annoying center controller for audio and navigation; no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
For 2019, changes to the CX-3 are mostly cosmetic. Outside a new grille, piano black accents and new 18-in wheels are the big news, while inside there is better storage space, a new electric parking brake with auto-hold feature and, on the Touring trim, a height-adjustable passenger seat. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard, while the Touring trim can be equipped with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, auto high beams, lane-departure warning and adaptive front LED headlights, all of which now come standard on the Grand Touring trim. A CD player is no longer available.
For the money, the Touring trim with the i-Activsense and Preferred Equipment packages hits the sweet spot. In our eyes, unless you need the sure-footed ability of the CX-3's AWD system, you'd be better off buying a FWD Mazda3 Touring or Grand Touring hatchback, which will give you better handling, more power, more interior room and an available manual transmission, all for about the same price as the CX-3.
The CX-3 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.
The CX-3 Sport ($21,365, FWD; $22,765, AWD) includes Smart City Brake Support low-speed autonomous braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, 16-in alloy wheels, power operation for the mirrors, windows and door locks, auto-off headlights, a rear wiper/washer, air conditioning, a 6-speaker AM/FM audio with a 7-in touchscreen display and Mazda Connect infotainment, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary input jacks, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, electronic parking brake, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, an exterior temperature display and a rear backup camera.
The CX-3 Touring ($23,450, FWD; $24,850, AWD) adds 18-in alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, leatherette and cloth inserts, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, auto on/off headlights, Advanced Key keyless entry, heated front seats, manual passenger seat lifter and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The CX-3 Grand Touring ($26,720, FWD; $28,120, AWD) adds 18-in alloy wheels, a power moonroof, auto-leveling adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, leather seating, automatic climate control, voice-activated navigation, a head-up display, a 7-speaker Bose Surround Sound audio system, steering-wheel paddle shifters, an active driving display, adaptive front headlights, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, lane-departure warning, a more advanced Smart Brake Support for speeds above 19 miles per hour with pedestrian recognition and automatic high beams.
Options for the Sport trim include the i-Activsense package that brings adaptive radar cruise control with stop and go function, Smart and Smart City brake support with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, auto high beams, adaptive LED headlights, auto on/off headlights, automatic climate control, active driving display and rain-sensing wipers. The Touring i-Activsense package adds all the features of the Sport trim's i-Activsense package minus those features already standard on the trim. The Touring also offers the Preferred Equipment package that adds Bose audio and a power sunroof. The Grand Touring offers the GT Premium package, which brings a heated steering wheel, a memory power driver's seat with power lumbar support and traffic-sign recognition.
Dealer-installed options include rear sonar parking sensors, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, all-weather floor mats and a center armrest. The standard audio can also be upgraded to include navigation by simply purchasing a $400 SD navigation card.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Honda HR-V -- The HR-V delivers a softer ride. It also has more ground clearance and a larger, more functional interior plus standard Honda Sensing and available Apple CarPlay. The HR-V's interior isn't as handsome and its acceleration not as quick.
2019 Toyota C-HR -- The C-HR offers similar power and fuel economy figures, but a bit more front-seat legroom and a much more expressive exterior. However, the C-HR doesn't offer an AWD option.
2019 Kia Soul -- The Kia Soul doesn't offer the option of AWD, but it does offer a lot of vehicle for the money, with a lower entry price, more powerful engine options and a superior warranty.
Used Mazda CX-5 -- A used 2013-2017 Mazda CX-5 will give you the same sporty Mazda ride and look, but in a vehicle that's better suited to light off-road use. The CX-5 also delivers more interior and cargo space and, on models with the 2.5-liter engine, considerably more power.