2018 Mazda CX-3 Model Review

29/34  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
8.1  Sec.
0-60 MPH
12.4-44.5  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's New for the 2018 Mazda CX-3

Only about three years into its production, the Mazda CX-3 has nevertheless impressed critics and consumers alike with its attractive sheet metal, sporty handling, terrific fuel economy, and an interior befitting a luxury vehicle. The subcompact crossover SUV enters 2018 with a handful of updates. Low-speed automatic emergency braking is now standard, and a heated steering wheel and power-adjustable driver's seat are now available. Plus, the suspension-consisting of a MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam suspension-has been returned for a tighter, more exciting driving feel.

2018 Mazda CX-3 Interior

Mazda Connect™ Infotainment

On the 2018 Mazda CX-3, there are three available trims: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The CX-3 has two rows of seats for accommodating up to five people. Cargo space measures at 12.4 cubic feet, with the option of folding down the seats to expand it to 44.5 cubic feet. The Sport's standard comfort and convenience features include cruise control, push-button engine start, voice command technology, Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, a USB data port and auxiliary audio jack for playing music from your mobile devices, six-speaker audio, an AM/FM radio tuner, a single-disc CD/MP3 player, hands-free text messaging ability, and the Mazda Connect™ infotainment system with a 7-inch color touchscreen. Upgrading to the Touring replaces the cloth seating surfaces with leatherette, and heating capability added on the front seats. The top-of-the-line trim, the Grand Touring, has a lot more upgrades and additions. The model gets full leather on all seats to maximize comfortability and make the cabin more upscale. Plus, it is the only trim with HD Radio™ for digital tuning, a seven-speaker Bose® audio system, a power moonroof, a trial four-month subscription to SiriusXM® satellite radio, 7-inch color touchscreen navigation.

Under The Hood

2018 Mazda CX-3 FrontInside the Mazda CX-3 is the PE-VPS, which bears the distinction of being the first SkyActiv-G engine ever produced ("SkyActiv" being the brand name for a series of technologies that Mazda developed to increase fuel efficiency and engine output). A 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, the PE-VPS generates 146 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed automatic transmission for ultimate convenience in gear shifting. However, it comes with a manual-shift mode to simulate manual gear shifting, as well as a Sports mode for tightening the powertrain for a more thrilling driving feel. The Grand Touring takes a step further with the addition of steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. That way, you do not necessarily need to rely on the transmission shifter; you can depend on the paddle shifters for faster shift times. On the CX-3, you have the choice between the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is the apparent drivetrain to go with if you want to maximize fuel economy: at 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, all-wheel drive is the obvious choice if you want better traction ability, especially when driving on slippery surfaces.

Safety Comes Standard

2018 Mazda CX-3 RearStandard safety features on the 2018 Mazda CX-3 include six airbags, a rearview camera, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, electronic vehicles stability control, traction control, and a theft-deterrent system. Mazda adds blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert on the Touring and Grand Touring. Camelback Mazda welcomes you to take a look at our selection of 2018 Mazda CX-3 units today!

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