2020 MAZDA CX-3

Original MSRP Range
$20,640 - $22,040
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
27 - 29 MPG City / 32 - 34 MPG Hwy
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2020 MAZDA CX-3

What We Like

  • Racy exterior styling
  • Handsome interior with excellent build quality
  • Available AWD
  • Sports-carlike handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Advanced collision-avoidance systems

What We Don't

  • 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


Expert Rating

4.2/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5


What's New in the 2020 MAZDA CX-3?

For 2020, the CX-3 model line is reduced to a single trim: the Sport. Some of the previous year's Touring and Grand Touring features are moved to the Sport trim without a drastic increase in price. See the 2020 Mazda CX-3 models for sale near you

Which CX-3 is the Best?

With only one trim this year, the only decision you'll have to make is whether to go with FWD or AWD. Find a Mazda CX-3 for sale

How Much Does a 2020 MAZDA CX-3 Cost?

The CX-3 is offered in just one, well-equipped Sport trim.

The CX-3 Sport ($21,740 FWD, $23,140 AWD) includes Advanced Smart City Brake Support autonomous braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, auto high beam control, rain-sensing wipers, 16-in alloy wheels, power operation for the mirrors, windows and door locks, auto-off LED headlights with auto leveling, adaptive front headlights, a rear wiper/washer, automatic climate control, a 6-speaker AM/FM audio with a 7-in touchscreen display and Mazda Connect infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary input jacks, keyless entry, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, electronic parking brake, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, an exterior temperature display and a rear backup camera.

CX-3 Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CX-3 Sport AWD$22,040 / $21,4094 Cylinder14827 / 326-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
CX-3 Sport FWD$20,640 / $20,0504 Cylinder14829 / 346-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MAZDA CX-3 Safety

Is the 2020 MAZDA CX-3 a Safe Car?

Standard safety features for the CX-3 include hill-launch assist, front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, Advanced Smart City Brake Support, electronic traction and stability control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a tire-pressure monitor.

The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Mazda CX-3 top marks in every crash-test category and awarded it a Top Safety Pick rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also gives the CX-3 five stars overall but issued a "safety concern" warning in the side-impact test. Apparently, due to the intrusion of the left rear door during the side-impact test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing rapid lower spine acceleration. In certain conditions exceeding 82g's, there is a higher likelihood of thoracic injury.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$31,194 ($0.42 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Bumper Trim Pkg


2020 MAZDA CX-3 vs the competition

2020 Honda HR-V -- The HR-V delivers a softer ride. It also has more ground clearance and a larger, more functional cabin, although the HR-V's interior isn't as handsome and its acceleration not as quick.

2020 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.

2020 Hyundai Kona -- The Kona offers more interior room, more features and a more powerful turbocharged engine. It also comes standard with a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

Used Mazda CX-5 -- A used 2015-2018 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.

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