The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is its compact crossover that sits below the CX-5. Mazda is slowly but steadily becoming one of the popular car makers and it has put the focus on the compact crossover and SUV models.
The subcompact crossover gets updated for 2019. While exterior design is nearly the same, it is the technological changes and new safety features that make it a more enticing in this segment. On release, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 will battle it out with rivals like Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke and Jeep Renegade.
2019 Mazda CX-3 Sleek and Aerodynamic Design
The exterior styling of the upcoming 2019 Mazda Cx-3 is not different from the existing model. The sleek and aerodynamic exterior design is there but the grille and bumper get subtle changes. The car is sold in three trims- Sport, Touring, and top-notch Grand Touring. Exterior color choices include Eternal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Titanium Flash Mica and some hues like Soul red metallic and Machine gray metallic come at additional cost.
The cabin looks refined and practically designed. There are 4 upholstery choices- based on which trim you choose. It is a 5 passenger vehicle but 3 tall adults will jostle for space in a back row. Mazda has used top-notch noise insulation features in the cabin and they actually work well. All trims get a 7-inch infotainment screen but feature availability varies. This time there is a head-up display. Default cargo space is only 12.4 cubic feet and this is where most rivals outshine the CX-3.
Safety Technologies and Trims
The 2019 CX-3 comes equipped with enough features and safety technologies to outshine most segment contenders. The Sports trim gets 16-inch alloy wheels, Rear roofline spoiler, Variable-intermittent windshield wipers, Daytime Running Lights. In the cabin, there are features like pollen filter, 12-volt power outlet, Bluetooth. Safety wise it gets airbags, Smart City Brake Support System and a rearview camera.
Touring trim adds Auto on/off headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, Automatic climate control, Leatherette-trimmed seats, Advanced Keyless Entry System, Heated front seats, Leather-wrapped steering wheel. It gets safety features like Blind-spot monitoring. Top Grand Touring trim gets LED exterior lighting, Rear Tonneau cover, sunroof, leather-trimmed seats, navigation, satellite radio and a Bose sound system with 7 speakers. There are some packages like preferred Equipment package and Premium Package. The last is meant for Grand Touring and it adds top safety features like forwarding collision warning, lane departure warning, and heated steering wheel along with traffic-sign recognition system. The Touring trim can be laden with Bose stereo setup and sunroof through the Preferred Equipment package.
The trims are equipped with the newest version of MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment System. It supports voice command and you will not face hardships in learning to operate it. Speed and ease of use are good enough. The star safety feature of 2019 CX3 is the low-speed emergency braking which works as long as the vehicle speed is within 19 km/hour. It helps avoid accidents with pedestrians and pets on city roads.
2019 Mazda CX-3 Engine
All trims of 2019 Mazda CX-3 feature 2.0 liter SKYACTIV4-cylinder engine that gets clubbed with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It generates 146 HP but the car does not actually feel underpowered, even with full load. The FWD is standard but buyers can opt for AWD. The CX-3 is peppy to drive, more so on urban roads. Fuel economy is pretty good. It comes with EPA city/highway fuel economy of 29/34 mpg (FWD), 27/32 mpg (AWD).
2019 Mazda CX-3 Price and Availability
The expected base trim price of 2019 Mazda CX-3 is $22.000 approx. It will reach showrooms for sale in late 2018.
Summing it up
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is a sporty subcompact crossover that gets a nice makeover. The safety features are good enough and driving experience is decent. Except for average cargo space, it gets everything right.