2019 Mazda CX-3
- Mild styling updates
- Slightly more powerful engine
- A center armrest and bin are now standard
- Advanced safety features are available across all trims
- Part of the first CX-3 generation introduced for 2016
- Attractive and comfortable interior
- Engaging driving experience
- Impressive fuel economy for a crossover
- Good selection of available driver aids and active safety features
- Below-average cargo space
- Cramped rear seat
- Suspension tuning may be too firm for some
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Which CX-3 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
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. Holding it back, however, is its relatively small backseat accommodations and limited cargo capacity.
For the 2019 model year, the CX-3 gets a minor refreshening that adds a center armrest bin and electronic parking brake that result in more space for your personal items. There's also a slight increase in power, and Mazda claims to have reduced noise and vibrations, too. 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.
2019 Mazda CX-3 configurations
The five-passenger 2019 Mazda CX-3 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. All models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (148 horsepower, 146 pound-feet of torque) that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on all trims.
Standard features for the base Sport trim include 16-inch alloy wheels, a roof spoiler, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, automatic emergency telematics, a 7-inch touchscreen, the Mazda Connect infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system with internet streaming radio apps. Advanced safety features include frontal collision warning with automatic braking (below 19 mph), blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Touring trim adds 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, piano black exterior trim, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control, simulated leather and cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an overhead console with sunglasses holder.
The range-topping Grand Touring trim tops it off with adaptive headlights, a sunroof, LED exterior lighting, chrome exterior trim, paddle shifters, a head-up display, full leather upholstery, a cargo cover, a navigation system, and a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system with satellite and HD radio. Advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control with full-speed range, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and automatic high beams.
All of the safety features are available as options on supporting trims, as are some other items. Available on the Grand Touring trim only is the Premium package that adds a power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, driver-seat memory functions, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a traffic sign reader.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring (2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current Mazda CX-3 has received some revisions, including updated suspension tuning, a quieter and more comfortable cabin, and additional standard safety features. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Mazda CX-3, however.
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite CX-3 safety features:
- Blind Spot Monitor
- Warns if a vehicle is lurking in your blind spot and beeps if you signal a lane change in that direction.
- Smart Brake Support
- Warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes automatically if the driver does not respond in time.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Alerts the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane without signaling.
Mazda CX-3 vs. the competition
2019 Mazda CX-3
2018 Honda HR-V
Mazda CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V
Even though the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V start with the same subcompact crossover formula, many of their strengths seem diametrically opposed to each other. The CX-3 delivers sporty and responsive driving dynamics that contrast with the HR-V's lazy acceleration. On the other hand, the Honda gains an advantage for its larger rear-seat accommodations and cargo capacity.
Mazda CX-3 vs. Toyota C-HR
The Toyota C-HR features aggressive styling, but its lack of power and resulting slow acceleration run counter to its appearance. Compared to the Mazda CX-3, the C-HR gains an advantage with its standard safety features list and larger cargo capacity, but it comes up short in terms of infotainment and it's not available with all-wheel drive. Despite the Mazda CX-3's areas of disadvantage, we think shoppers will still be happier with it.
Mazda CX-3 vs. Hyundai Kona
The new Hyundai Kona is rather style-challenged on its own. Parked next to the alluring Mazda CX-3, the Kona may seem downright jarring. That said, the Hyundai Kona with its turbocharged engine is even more engaging than the sporty CX-3. On top of that, it delivers a lot of features for the money and gains an advantage with its generous warranty coverage.
2019 Mazda CX-3 for Sale
2019 Mazda CX-3 Overview
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is offered in the following submodels: CX-3 SUV. Available styles include Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), and Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2019 Mazda CX-3?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Mazda CX-3 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 CX-3 3.5 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 2019 CX-3.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Mazda CX-3 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 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
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2019 Mazda CX-3?
2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
The 2019 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 $28,120. The average price paid for a new 2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $909 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $909 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,212.
The average savings for the 2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is3.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Mazda CX-3 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,850. The average price paid for a new 2019 Mazda CX-3 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,534 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,534 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,316.
The average savings for the 2019 Mazda CX-3 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is6.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
The 2019 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 $22,765. The average price paid for a new 2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,389 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,389 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,376.
The average savings for the 2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is6.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A)Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Mazda CX-3?
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