2019 Mazda CX-3

2019 Mazda CX-3
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2019 Mazda CX-3
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What’s new

  • 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

Which CX-3 does Edmunds recommend?

Now that advanced safety features are available throughout the CX-3 lineup, the base Sport trim will likely satisfy most shoppers. Previously, these items were only offered with the top Grand Touring trim. The Touring trim represents a pleasant middle ground with its added convenience features such as keyless ignition and heated front seats, but the price increase compared to the Sport is significant.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

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.

Trim tested

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.


The previous CX-3 was one of the quicker crossovers in the class and we expect this latest version to be just as capable. The same holds true for the high marks we gave it for handling, steering and overall drivability.


Power is modest in the CX-3, as it is in most of its rivals. It's quick for the class, though, with its slightly less powerful predecessor reaching 60 mph in 8.5 seconds.


The brakes offer excellent feel. They are firm enough to tell you there is good stopping power but soft enough for easy modulation at stoplights. Emergency braking power is about average, with very good stability.


The steering feels perfectly natural. It's nicely weighted, and there's good feedback through the wheel. The CX-3 turns in quickly without ever being twitchy and feels just as light and small as it is.


The CX-3 is lively and responsive to driver inputs. Midcorner bumps don't upset it. You'll forget about the stiff-ish ride on a curvy back road.


The quick-shifting automatic transmission is responsive. In low-speed driving, it can hunt around a bit, although Sport mode helps. The CX-3 is easy to maneuver in tight spaces.


Although we didn't test it, all-wheel drive is available on the CX-3, but it's meant much more as an aid in snow, mud and rain than for any kind of true off-roading.


Mazda states that the 2019 CX-3 will have improved characteristics in relation to noise, vibration, seat comfort and ride quality. This bodes well for the 2019 model since we pointed out its predecessor's already supportive seats and quiet cabin.

Seat comfort

Last year's front seats were firm yet comfy, with good lateral support for cornering. We loved the soft simulated-suede inserts on the Grand Touring model. The door armrests are on the hard side. The rear outboard seats are pretty plush, with a seatback that isn't too upright.

Ride comfort

Small pavement ripples are handled well, though some vibrations will enter the cabin. In previous models, we noted that the suspension could feel stiff-legged, but Mazda made revisions for 2018 and promises that the CX-3 is smoother-riding now.

Noise & vibration

We already thought the CX-3 did a good job handling noise, especially for its class, although the coarse engine note at high rpm (from the 2016 test vehicle) was noticeable. Recent improvements should make the interior even quieter.

Climate control

The CX-3 relies on a straightforward system that uses clearly labeled dials for manual adjustments. Automatic climate control is now standard on the midlevel Touring as well as the Grand Touring.


The CX-3 gets high marks for its attractive interior that makes use of high-quality materials. But points were deducted for the cramped rear-seat space, and outward visibility is merely average.

Ease of use

A 7-inch infotainment screen is standard on all trims, but some functions require extra steps. The beautiful central tach and large digital speedo are pluses, but the head-up display seems like an afterthought. The front seatback adjustment lever requires a firm hand.

Getting in/getting out

The front doors are large and open wide, making it easy to climb in and out. The rear doors are reasonably sized and open wide, but entry is still tight and the raised rear bench means you have to duck your head as you hop in.


Front headroom is quite good, aided by low seat height (for a crossover). Rear headroom isn't bad considering the segment, and average-size adults should be fine. But the rear-seat area is tiny, and it can feel as if the front occupants are sitting on your lap.


The front roof pillars are slim, but thick side pillars can compromise the view, as when pulling out into a T-intersection. The rear pillars are blocky but have helpful triangle windows. A rearview camera is standard on all trims, and the CX-3 has large side mirrors.


Best-in-class build quality with excellent trim graining throughout. The simulated-suede trim on the Grand Touring is a nice touch. The CX-3 generally feels solid, although the doors sound hollow and the headliner feels cheap.


Cargo capacity behind the rear seats is a bit small for the class at 12.4 cubic feet. Folding them flat expands that space to 44.5 cubic feet. Personal-item storage is improved thanks to a new center armrest bin and the use of an electronic parking brake that frees up more space for pockets.


Mazda is the only non-luxury brand to use a dial infotainment controller, which helps to reduce distraction. But some functions require more steps than they do in rivals. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are conspicuously absent.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Mazda CX-3.

Overall Consumer Rating
3.86 reviews

Most helpful consumer reviews

Best In Class
If your main gripes about the cx3 is no tinted windows and no remote trunk release, then you really don’t derserve to be driving a Mazda. The 2019 cx3 is without a doubt the best in the subcompact class for looks, drivability and handling, nothing comes close for the price. My only gripe is no Apple car play, which is an inexcusable omission by Mazda, but is said to be available at a later date though, so all is good. Highly recommended the 2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport AWD w/i-activsense pkg!
Best compact SUV by a mile
The Mazda CX-3 handles better than any other car in its class. I test drove five other vehicles including the Mini, and the Mazda was easily the most fun to drive. My fuel economy to date has been excellent, better than expected. Seat comfort is very important to me for long trips, and once again the CX-3 provides very supportive and comfy seats that come very close to my old Volvo. Love this compact SUV and the high end feel inside and out.
Bumpy ride
Eric L,10/09/2018
The suspension is so firm that the ride is not comfortable when going over bumps on the road.
Don't be fooled by the sexy styling
This car, although a CUV, has no tinted windows and no remote trunk release of any kind (just manual opening from the outside). These are very cheap cost cutting measures. Even the $6000 cheaper Chevy Trax has tinted windows… Instead of alerting me every time the car in front is less than 20 feet away, I would rather have the A/C NOT running all the time in the hot summer days, because the lack of tinted windows will turn the all black interior into an oven. And in the cold winter days, I would prefer to click on the remote fob for releasing the trunk to unload my shopping cart, rather than finding the MANUAL open button ,tucked under the tailgate, to pop. But first, take your gloves off so you can find it. Again, Trax has the trunk release button on the remote fob, for $6K less. Interior is also very cramped and claustrophobic after a while, because of the thick and very angular pillars. Rear visibility is dangerously near 0. Very disappointed. Don’t be fooled by the sexy appeal of this “so called” CUV. It will vanish the minute you’re inside cranking AC to the MAX in the summer, or in the winter, figuring how to open the sexy tailgate with bare hands 
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Features & Specs

27 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
27 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
29 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
27 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
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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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover13.8%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Mazda CX-3 vs. the competition

2019 Mazda CX-3

2019 Mazda CX-3

2018 Honda HR-V

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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