2019 Mazda CX3: Classic Styling Meets Modern Safety

(Last Updated On: April 2, 2020)

The Mazda CX3 is one of the sweetest driving mini crossovers around. This subcompact crossover has class-leading fuel economy and eye-catching style.

2019 Mazda CX3

The interior is attractive and comfortable, and the latest version has undergone a visual refresh on the exterior; the latter includes a new grille, piano black, and chrome exterior accents, new LED taillights, and new 18-inch wheel design.

The car now offers more storage space is provided by the redesigned center console. The latest version comes standard with an electronic parking brake and a slightly more powerful engine.

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.

Sport model:

the standard features in this base model comprise of 16-inch alloy wheel, roof spoiler, remote keyless entry, cruise control, automatic emergency telematics, and others. Some advanced safety features comprising of frontal collision warning with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are also included.

Price: $21,385

Touring model:

this trim level comes with 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control and an overhead console with sunglass holder.

Price: $23,470

Grand Touring model:

this trim level is better than others and comes with adaptive headlights, sunroof, LED exterior lighting, chrome exterior trim, paddle shifters, and full leather upholstery. Further, the advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control with full-speed range, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection.

Price: $26,740

Driving and Performance:

The little Mazda has good handling and adequate power, and is driven by a 146 hp 4-cylinder engine. The rev-happy nature of the engine provides this car a raciness that other cars in the range miss. The “Mazda” brand has an inherent sporty appeal and the CX-3 takes it to another level.

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The car has well-controlled body roll, masterful suspension tuning, and a lively chassis. The EPA estimates of the Mazda CX-3 are overwhelming. It is, without any doubt, one of the quicker crossovers in the class.


The 2019 Mazda CX-3 has made use of high-quality materials for the interiors. The interior design is attractive and classy, and the car can officially seat five passengers. Though getting in and out of the car is quite easy, space is at a premium, especially at the rear, where taller passengers would feel cramped.

All the trims come standard with a 7-inch infotainment system. It also has an available head-up display. Mazda is the only non-luxury brand that uses a dial infotainment controller. The CX-3 offers large side mirrors along with slim front roof pillars, but the view might be compromised when pulling out into a T-intersection due to the thick side pillars.


A sleek hatchback provides the CX-3 good sport looks. The body of the car is subtly curvaceous and has fresh looks. The perfect blend of hood creases and door cuts moves the light around the body in an interesting way. Like every vehicle in Mazda’s lineup, the CX-3 is also an expression of KODO design.


Both NHTSA and IIHS have passed the Mazda CX-3 with excellent safety scores. The car has scored full marks in Frontal Barrier and Side crash rating. The Side Barrier rating and combined side barrier and pole ratings are also perfect. The advanced safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring, Smart Brake Support, and Lane Departure Warning.

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 Final Verdict:

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 provides an engaging driving experience. The handling, steering, and drivability are all very good. The engine is powerful and the fuel economy is also very impressive. The car is one of the safest cars around.

The Interior of the CX-3 is attractive, comfortable and classy. The rear seat might feel cramped at times. If driving engagement is not high on the list, you can consider the Honda HR-V, which has slightly better space, but a less exciting engine and handling.

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