If you didn’t think a subcompact crossover could deliver the kind of driving dynamics that would put a smile on the face of a driving enthusiast, you’ve never driven the 2019 Mazda CX-3. Customers of the Scottsdale Mazda dealer tell us they appreciate the CX-3 for its exceptional handling, outstanding engine and user-friendly interior. This SUV can carve curves like nobody’s business and it’s fun to drive. Buyers looking for a crossover that has it all should place the 2019 Mazda CX-3 at the top of their shopping list.
According to the Scottsdale Mazda dealership, the 2019 CX-3 gets several updates to keep it in fighting form against rivals. On the outside, the CX-3 gets a new grille, new LED taillights, black and chrome exterior accents and a new 18-inch wheel design. Inside, there’s a remodeled center console with more space for storage, seat cushions that are now even more comfortable, and a center armrest in the rear with built-in cupholders. All trim levels now have a standard electronic parking brake with an auto-hold feature, and the front-passenger seat is now height adjustable. New options include full leather seats with pleated piping, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlamps.
The automotive press praises the 2019 Mazda CX-3, with the automotive experts at Edmunds writing: “Admittedly, we have somewhat low expectations for the subcompact crossover class. For the most part, this new segment is associated with awkward styling and lukewarm performance. Yet the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is a standout for its evocative exterior design and sporty driving dynamics. … Combined with strong fuel economy numbers and a comprehensive list of available advanced safety features, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 deserves your consideration in an ever-growing class.”
The Mazda CX-3 seats five passengers and is offered in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The CX-3 is powered by a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine, which now develops 148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The CX-3 can get to 60 mph from a standstill in about 8 seconds, faster than many competing compact crossovers. Fuel economy is excellent, with the CX-3 getting an EPA-estimated 29/34 mpg with front-wheel drive and 27/32 mpg with all-wheel drive.*
Standard features on every trim include push-button start, keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt/telescope steering wheel, power windows and locks, Smart City Brake Support, the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch monitor and voice commands, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB port.
Perhaps it goes without saying that safety is important to buyers looking for a family SUV. So, it’s gratifying that the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is such a safe vehicle. The IIHS gave the CX-3 it’s highest score of Good in all crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick. Meanwhile, the CX-3 received the top marks of five stars for overall safety by the NHTSA.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.