For 2019, The Mazda CX-3 subcompact-sized Crossover continues to impress. New for the model year is some standardization across the range with Mazda’s innovative G-Vectoring Control system, to help with cornering and stability on all models. Note, the entry GX model comes in at an amazingly attractive price of only $21,095 with a six speed manual transmission, remote entry locking, push button start and electric windows. We tested a top-tier GT model that for 2018 arrives with as standard: revised color head-up display, power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and memory settings, a heated steering wheel, and traffic-sign recognition. The engine choice remains the same, a fuel efficient 2.0-litre Mazda SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine developing 146 horsepower, and 146 pound-feet of torque, the gearbox is as six speed automatic transmission with FWD or All-wheel drive.
Our tester came equipped with 18 inch machined spoke gunmetal finished alloy wheels, push button start, 7-inch color touchscreen display with Mazda Connect, HDMI Commander, rearview camera, power moon roof, front heated seats, leather trimmed upholstery, full LED exterior lighting, navigation system, Bose audio with seven speaker package and climate control and the Active Driving display. Optional equipment on our CX-3 tester included the Technology Package option at $1,000 that’s included Mazda’s Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), High Beam Control (HBC), Traffic Sign recognition, and Sirius XM Satellite radio. The cabin in our Model featured a sporty, two tone black and white interior everything looks well-made and durable looking interior wise. Quality is very high and the seats are comfortable and supportive.
. The rear bench seat is cozy and features a 60:40 splitting folding back seat. With the rear seat folded, there is 1,484 litres of cargo space in the CX-3 and a rear cargo cover.
On the road, the CX-3 six-speed automatic transmission, delivers power to all four wheels via Mazda’s i-Activ intelligent on-demand all-wheel-drive system. Acceleration is good on highways, the SKYACTIVE engines light weight, advanced engineering coupled with a well geared transmission means the CX-3 feels willing all the time. The new suspension, chassis and NVH suppression have also noticeably improved the on road dynamics. Highly attractive with much to commend it, the CX-3 is ideal for its packaging and performance. Highly recommended.
2019 Mazda CX-3 GT AWD. Base MRSP $27.995. With options, Freight and PDE. Price as tested: $33,190.