Mazda Updates CX-3 Crossover For 2018, Priced From $20,110

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Introduced in the United States for the 2016 model year, the CX-3 gets even better for 2018. The smallest utility vehicle in Mazda’s lineup, the subcompact crossover now features Smart City Brake Support as standard on all trim levels.
That’s arguably the main reason the MSRP now stands at $20,110 excluding $940 for destination and handling, as opposed to the 2017 Mazda CX-3’s retail price of $19,960. With SCBS, the front- and all-wheel-drive model can apply the brakes automatically in emergency situations at speeds below 19 miles per hour. The 3 and CX-5 also come standard with the Smart City Brake Support.

Being a Mazda, the driving experience is furthered by G-Vectoring Control. At heart, however, GVC is actually a safety feature designed to provide more confidence in the car when cornering by reducing engine’s torque whenever the system finds it necessary. Therefore, the steering feel becomes more linear.

For the U.S.-spec CX-3, Mazda revised the chassis and steering for greater comfort, whereas more sound suppression promises an improvement in NVH. In entry-level Sport trim, customers can expect cloth seats, power windows and mirrors, power remote door locks, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen media system boasting an iDrive-like control knob.

Moving on to the CX-3 Touring ($22,195), you can expect 18-inch wheels instead of 16ers, leatherette instead of cloth, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, advanced keyless entry, heated front seats and mirrors, auto on/off lights, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic climate control. Pretty good value for money, but the $25,165 Grand Touring has even more goodies.

Sitting at the top of the range, the CX-3 Grand Touring features leather and Lux Suede upholstery, adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights and daytime running lights, satellite navigation, and the full-color Active Driving Display. It costs a lot considering the vehicle segment, but then again, the range-topping CX-3 Grand Touring comes with all the bells and whistles one could wish for.

i-Activ all-wheel-drive comes in at $1,250, regardless of trim level. As ever, only one engine is available in the U.S. for the CX-3. The SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter is good for 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, and it’s paired from the get-go to the SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission.
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