The 2019 Mazda CX-3 crossover SUV has been upgraded for this year. But it’s just a subtle change, which means the CX-3 remains one of the most appealing vehicles in this class, thanks to its athletic quality chassis and classy cabins. Of course, there are strong competitors. For example, there Honda HR-V, which has more interior space and versatility. The Hyundai Kona has a fresh design plus prices and tempting features. While the CX-3 offers an all-wheel-drive option where some rivals don’t, the Subaru Crosstrek has it as standard. Overall, for a complete package of styling, dynamics and safety, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is a solid choice.
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact-crossover offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Notable standard equipment includes a rearview camera, the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a dash-mounted 7-inch monitor with voice command and a multi-function dial control. Also on the list are power windows/locks, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, tilt/telescope steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB port. Mazda Smart City Brake Support automatically apply the brakes at speeds under 19 mph.
Under the hood, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is powered by a Skyactiv engine that deploying some pretty complex engineering in order for optimum fuel efficiency. This year, the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder has increased horsepower from 146 to 148, while maximum torque remains at 146 lb-ft, all pulled from a configuration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and sends that power to the front wheels (FWD). All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional. The GT paddle shifters bring the opportunity for greater driver engagement, allowing manual control over gear changing to get the most out of the engine. In track testing, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 AWD went to 60 mph from zero in 8.1 seconds, which is quicker than most competitor.
2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 6-speed automatic
148 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
146 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 29/34 mpg (FWD) and 27/32 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. It has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting from $21,365 (include a $975 destination charge) for the FWD Sport. The CX-3 Touring starts at $23,450 and the Grand Touring starts at $26,720. All-wheel drive is an extra $1,400 across the board.