Entering the third year, the Mazda CX-3 received some updates for its best characteristics. Since previous years, the CX-3 has been the most fun vehicle in the subcompact crossover SUV segment. For 2018, the tuning suspension revision promises a sharper driving experience. There is also standard sound insulation and low-speed crash protection with automatic emergency braking system. And as usual, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 also offers upscale interiors, comfortable seat and high fuel efficiency.
But the 2018 Mazda CX-3 still has some shortcomings, such as below-average cargo capacity and narrow seat back. If interior space is your top priority, the 2018 Honda HR-V might be an ideal choice. You can also pick the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek or Jeep Renegade for its superior off-road capability. Overall, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is a pretty interesting vehicle.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is a five-passenger subcompact crossover SUV available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The base Sport trim is nicely equipped, but moving up to the higher trim levels will provide some desirable luxuries and conveniences features.
Standard features for the Sport trim include 16-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, cruise control, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Mazda Smart City Brake Support System, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB input, app integration (Aha, Stitcher, and Pandora) and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player.
The Touring trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, proximity entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, heated front seats, cloth and faux leather-trimmed seats, Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, an overhead console with a sunglass holder.
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring adds foglights, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, a sunroof, LED taillights, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, a head-up display, leather-trimmed seats with simulated suede inserts, navigation and a seven-speaker Bose sound system with satellite radio.
The optional Preferred Equipment package for the Touring adds a sunroof and Bose stereo. The Premium package for Grand Touring adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a traffic-sign recognition system, higher-speed forward collision warning and automatic braking, a heated steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, a six-way power-adjustable driver seat.
All the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generates 146 horsepower and a matching 146 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive available as an option on all trim levels. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission offered.
In track testing, a CX-3 Grand Touring with FWD accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, a quicker than average on this segment. EPA-estimated fuel economy rated at 31 mpg combined (29 city/34 highway) with front-wheel drive and 29 mpg combined (27 city/32 highway) with all-wheel drive.
With an emphasis on design, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 cabin looks modern and sleek, and wrapped with a fairly high-end material. Simple gauge clusters in lower trim make way for the central tachometer and integrated digital speedometer in the Grand Touring trim stand out. But the head-up display in Grand Touring looks awkward.
Especially for this segment, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 front seats provide exceptional comfort, with firm support for long trips and lateral bolstering that suited for spirited driving. The rear seat legroom is average, a common lack of subcompact crossovers, but adult passengers in the back will probably want the front passengers to shift their seat forward.
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 cargo capacity is moderate, with 12.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 44.5 cubic feet with rear seats folded down. If you choose the Bose system with a large trunk-mounted subwoofer, the number drops to 10.1 and 42.3 cubes. The 2018 Honda HR-V can accommodate up to 58.8 cubic feet of goods.
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 has available now at US dealers across the country. The Sport model starts at $21,050, up $150 from last year. Prices on the Touring start at $23,135, an increase of $235.
The Touring Preferred Equipment package cost an extra $1,410. The top trim level Grand Touring prices start at $26,105, a $175 increase over last year. The optional Premium package costing $1,435. All-wheel drive is available on each trim level for an extra $1,250.