2018 Mazda CX-3
2018 Mazda CX-3 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which CX-3 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
For its third year, the Mazda CX-3 receives a handful of updates that improve on some of its best characteristics. In past years, we praised the CX-3 for being the most enjoyable vehicle in the subcompact crossover SUV segment to drive. For 2018, revisions to the suspension tuning promise an even sharper driving experience. There's also more sound insulation and added low-speed crash protection in the form of a standard automatic emergency braking system. And just like last year, the 2018 CX-3 also boasts an upscale interior, comfortable seats and high fuel economy.
The CX-3 does have a few shortcomings, though, such as a cramped back seat and below-average cargo capacity. If interior space is a priority for you, you might prefer the more versatile Honda HR-V. You could also check out the Jeep Renegade or Subaru Crosstrek for superior off-road capability. All in all, though, we think the CX-3 is a pretty appealing package.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Mazda CX-3 as one of Edmunds' Best Small SUVs for this year.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The base Sport trim is actually nicely equipped, especially considering its price, but moving up through the trim levels gets you some desirable conveniences and nice luxuries. All trims rely on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (146 horsepower, 146 pound-feet of torque) paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
The CX-3 Sport comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, air-conditioning, push-button start, cruise control, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a USB input, app integration (including Pandora, Stitcher and Aha) and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player. Standard safety features on the base Sport trim include a rearview camera and Mazda's Smart City Brake Support System, which will automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision as long as the CX-3 is traveling at less than 19 mph.
Moving up to the Touring trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights and automatic wipers. The interior is upgraded with cloth and faux leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity entry, automatic climate control and an overhead console with a sunglass holder. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also standard on the CX-3 Touring.
The top-tier Grand Touring gets a sunroof, LED exterior lighting (headlights, taillights, foglights, daytime running lights), leather-trimmed seats with simulated suede inserts, a head-up display, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, navigation, and a seven-speaker Bose sound system with satellite radio.
The Grand Touring's sunroof and Bose stereo can be added to the Touring with the Preferred Equipment package. The Grand Touring can be upgraded with the Premium Package, which includes adaptive cruise control, higher-speed forward collision warning and automatic braking, lane departure warning, a six-way power-adjustable driver seat, driver-seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel and a traffic-sign recognition system.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring (2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
Since this test was conducted, the current Mazda CX-3 has received some revisions, including updated suspension tuning, a quieter cabin and additional standard safety features. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Mazda CX-3, however.
Noise & vibration
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out3.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite CX-3 safety features:
- Smart City Brake Support System
- Stops the car automatically if an impending collision is detected at speeds below 19 mph.
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Monitors traffic in the adjoining lanes and alerts the driver to vehicles in blind spots.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Alerts the driver to oncoming cars that may not be visible when backing out of a driveway or parking space.
2018 Mazda CX-3 for Sale
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 features improvements to some of its best characteristics that should help it stand out even more in the crowded world of small crossover SUVs. Now in its third year, the CX-3 has established itself as one of the quickest and most engaging vehicles to drive in its segment, without sacrificing fuel economy. The little Mazda also boasts one of the nicest cabins in the segment. Not many vehicles of this size and at this price make for a more appealing daily companion.
The Mazda is a pleasant place to spend time. The 2018 CX-3 is impressively quiet at highway speeds, especially thanks to extra sound deadening added. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they are housed in an attractive, high-quality interior that can be equipped with tons of features. The CX-3 only falls short in two areas: the rear seats are snug, and cargo space behind those seats is limited.
But if you can live with those shortfalls, you will get a smartly engineered vehicle. Mazda has managed to make the CX-3 surprisingly light, and those weight savings translate into an eager personality. The efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 146 horsepower, which, combined with the CX-3's low weight, make it one of the zippier vehicles in the segment. The Mazda manages all this while returning an EPA estimated 31 mpg combined (29 city/34 highway) for most CX-3s.
The CX-3 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Even the base CX-3 Sport gets alloy wheels, push-button start, a 7-inch color infotainment screen and a low-speed automatic braking system. Mazda is joining other manufacturers in expanding its range of active safety features, and this system, standard on all trims for 2018, automatically brakes the car if an accident is impending at speeds under 19 mph.
Moving up to the 2018 CX-3 Touring gets you even more safety features, like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. You also get larger wheels, proximity entry, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.
Mazda equipped the range-topping Grand Touring with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather seating surfaces, a sunroof and can be optioned with a full suite of driver aids that includes adaptive cruise control.
It's increasingly apparent that consumers are looking for crossovers that aren't as expensive as more established small crossovers. Mazda has a solution, having done a spectacular job sweating out the details and giving the CX-3 more style and more substance than some of its more generic competition.
If you're interested in learning more, make sure to read our full review, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a CX-3 in your area. Edmunds is here to help you find the 2018 Mazda CX-3 that's perfect for you.
2018 Mazda CX-3 Overview
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is offered in the following submodels: CX-3 SUV. Available styles include Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), and Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Mazda CX-3?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Mazda CX-3 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 CX-3 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 CX-3.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Mazda CX-3 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 CX-3 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Mazda CX-3?
2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,390. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,481 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,481 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,909.
The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is5.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Mazda CX-3 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,335. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-3 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $569 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $569 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,766.
The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-3 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is2.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 2 2018 Mazda CX-3 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Mazda CX-3?
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