Mazda launched the Mazda CX-3 for the 2016 version to fill the popular subcompact crossover SUV niche. The small CX-3 is one of the best vehicles in the segment and delivers engaging driving dynamics combined with the good fuel efficiency. It is also attractive inside and out and packed with desirable features.
Mazda updated the 2018 version with the standard low-speed emergency braking and also made changes to the suspension for even better handling and ride quality. This model also added sound-isolation materials for the quieter cabin. For the 2019 Mazda CX-3, it is time for the new round of upgrades. The changes are not big and they are not located on model’s exterior. The new CX-3 improves with the new seats and leather upholstery. Mazda also made some adjustments to the engine to provide smoother performance and better efficiency.
2019 Mazda CX-3: Styling
The Mazda CX-3 is actually taller Mazda 2 with the similar running gear. The model looks attractive thanks to Mazda’s unique and dynamic styling approach. The CX-3 shares brand’s familiar exterior elements including the shape of the grille and headlight design. The long hood and dynamic side body sculpting give it athletic stance and the rear also has a well-balanced design.
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 will not change anything on its exterior and Mazda hasn’t promised new options. The base models will ride on the16-inch wheels while upper grades will sit on the 18-inch alloys. The top trim will go with all LED lights.
Interior of the CX-3 is simple and uncluttered but efficient and attractive. The soft-touch surfaces and a mix of good materials provide high-quality feel. The model has the high-standing center display and offers head-up display. The touchscreen is the 7-inch unit and Mazda also offers standard rearview camera and low-speed emergency braking. More active safety systems will be available but not by default. As an option, Mazda will offer adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, and head-up display.
For the 2019 version, Mazda also promises better body support thanks to the new seats. The leather upholstery is also new for the upcoming version.
2019 Mazda CX-3: Performance
The best about the Mazda CX-3 is probably how it handles on the road. The model has adequate power and combined with the good handling it is nice to be behind models steering wheel. Mazda made upgrades to model’s dampers, bushings and control arms for the last model year and the 2019 Mazda CX-3 made some adjustment to the engine.
Under the hood is the same 2.0-liter inline-4 engine and combined with the six-speed automatic transmission. Mazda has, however, tweaked engine for smoother performance and better efficiency. The engine upped slightly the horse and torque ratings. It’s not a massive leap from the current ratings. The house number moves from the current 146 to 148 hp. The same is with the torque which goes from 146 to 148 pound-feet.
Mazda hasn’t commented on the fuel efficiency. It would not move far from the current 31 combined.
2019 Mazda CX-3: Arrival, Price
The fun-to-drive 2019 Mazda CX-3 will go on sale late in the year. Price is yet to be known but will surely settle close to the current range which starts from $21, 050.