Racy exterior styling; handsome interior, excellent build quality; available all-wheel drive; sports-car-like handling; good fuel economy; standard collision-avoidance system
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
Mazda's Smart City Brake Support is made standard on all 2018 CX-3s, while new optional equipment includes a heated steering wheel, a memory power driver's seat and a full-color Active Driving Display. Mazda has also retuned to the CX-3's suspension to deliver a quieter and more comfortable ride. See the 2018 Mazda CX-3 models for sale near you
For the money, the Touring trim with the Preferred Equipment package hits the sweet spot. However, if you want the latest safety technology, you'll need to move up to the more expensive Grand Touring. In our eyes, unless you need the sure-footed ability of the CX-3's all-wheel-drive system, you'd be better off buying a front-drive 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 ($21,050, FWD; $22,300, AWD) includes Smart City Brake Support low-speed autonomous braking, 16-inch 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/CD/MP3 audio with a 7-in touchscreen display and Mazda Connect infotainment, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary input jacks, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering column, an exterior temperature display and a rear backup camera.
The CX-3 Touring ($23,135, FWD; $24,385, AWD) adds 18-in alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, leatherette and Lux suede inserts, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, auto on/off headlights, Advanced Key keyless entry, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.
The CX-3 Grand Touring ($26,105, FWD; $27,355, AWD) adds 18-in alloy wheels, a power moonroof, auto-leveling LED headlights, LED fog lights, leather seating with Lux suede inserts, automatic climate control, voice-activated navigation, a head-up display, a 7-speaker Bose Surround Sound audio system, steering-wheel paddle shifters and adaptive front headlights.
Options for the Touring trim include a Preferred Equipment package that adds Bose audio and a power moonroof. The Grand Touring offers the GT Premium package, which adds adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, a more advanced Smart Brake Support for speeds above 19 mph, automatic high beams, 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|
2018 Honda HR-V -- The HR-V delivers a softer ride. It also has more ground clearance and a larger, more functional interior. This model offers the option of a manual transmission, but its interior is not as handsome and its acceleration not as quick.
2018 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.
2018 Kia Soul -- The Kia Soul doesn't offer the option of all-wheel drive, but it does offer a lot of vehicle for the money, with a lower entry price, more powerful engine options and a superior warranty.
2018 Fiat 500X -- The Fiat 500X offers better off-road abilities, more horsepower and equally attractive styling both inside and out. But the Fiat brand has yet to establish itself in the U.S. market, with fewer dealerships and a yet-to-be-established reliability and resale record.
Used Mazda CX-5 -- A used 2013-2015 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.