Mazda has been making some of the most compelling crossovers in the market, and the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is no exception. The CX-3 debuted 2 years ago, and it is the smallest crossover from Mazda. Despite its relatively young age, Mazda has still brought several meaningful changes to the 2018 model. The CX-3 is arguably the sportiest entry into the growing sub-compact SUV segment. From every angle, the CX-3 looks sporty with sharp angles and sharp exit lines. The interior does not disappoint, and it is this dynamism that makes the CX-3 a serious contender in this segment.
2018 Mazda CX-3 – Design
The CX-3 features a stylish and modern design that is appealing. The grill is always the signature U-shape with chrome lining that runs into the headlights. However, the chrome lining is only available on the Grand Touring. The Sport and Touring models feature halogen head lights, the Grand Touring is fitted with full swerving LED head lights. The grand touring also features daytime LED running lights.
All CX-3 models come with alloy wheels as a standard feature. The CX-3 has 11.6 inch ventilated disc brakes at the front. The mirrors are power adjusted, the Grand Touring has heating and turn signals added. The blind spot monitoring system is standard on all but the base model. When viewed from the side, the CX-3 looks small measuring at only 168 inches long. The sharp lines and angles make the car look stylish and elegant. The back looks like the Mazda 2 that is the Mazda 5, but it looks nice and sporty.
A look at the interior of the CX-3 and you will notice the hip interior design which has a lot in common with the new Mazda cars. You can choose from a variety of different materials through all models will have an almost black interior. For the Sport model, you will get black cloth seats, while the Touring offers black leather seats. The Grand Touring has parchment leather seats with suede inserts. The door trim is luxurious for something in this class, with red leather on the armrest portion.
The upper dash is all hard plastic as expected but it feels solid. The middle portion of the dash has leather trim. A 7-inch infotainment touchscreen is perched on the upper end of the dashboard. The gauge cluster borrows a lot from a motorcycle but looks great all the same. Compared with other vehicles in this category, the CX-3 is not as spacious. The cargo space is also not as impressive compared to other cars in this segment at only 12 cubic foot.
2018 Mazda CX-3 – Engine and Performance
While there are several changes for the 2018 Mazda CX-3, none of them are under the hood. Every CX-3 will continue to be powered by the same 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine. This engine produces 146 hp and 146 foot-pounds of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission propelling the car to 60 mph in 8 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph. Nonetheless, you can choose between front-wheel-drive and All-wheel-drive on every trim level. As you would expect from a subcompact vehicle, fuel economy is impressive. The front wheel drive is rated at 29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined while the All-wheel-drive is rated at 27 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and, 29 mpg combined.
2018 Mazda CX-3 – Price and Release Date
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 2018 Mazda CX-3 stands at $22,050 for the Sport and $26,000 for the Grand Touring. The official release date was June 2017.