2018 Mazda CX-3 News, Changes

The Mazda has a number of successful SUV models in its portfolio, and the upcoming 2018 Mazda CX-3 will be one of them. The SUV and crossover segment is getting crowded in an unprecedented manner. Nearly every year, the new contenders are joining the bandwagon. Since its inception, the CX-3 has sold in good numbers, and for 2018 will getting a makeover. This is natural since rivals like Kia and Ford have updated their offerings.

2018 Mazda CX-3 front

2018 Mazda CX-3 – Kodo Design Language

Like its bigger siblings from the stable of Mazda, the 2018 CX-3 is based on the company’s much touted Kodo design language. The design is enticing and you do get the familiar Mazda design traits like five-point grille, sleek and slim lamps and curvy side profile. Its top trims get better body accents and elements, as expected. The car is sold in a few exciting color choices.

The cabin is decent but you will find some materials that are not exactly top notch. Technically, it is a 5 seater SUV but the rear row is ideal for teens or small sized adult passengers. It is sold in 3 trims- sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Cargo space is just about okay and you do get cup holders, bottle holders, and a few small item storage options.

Safety Features and Amenities

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 comes equipped with decent safety features and amenities. All trims get airbags, stability controls, engine immobilizer anti-theft system, tire-pressure monitoring system and ABS. The top trim buyers can opt for safety pack which includes rear cross-traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning and blind spot monitoring. However, the omission of a reversing camera is somewhat disappointing. Every trim of 2018 Mazda CX-3 gets Cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, air-conditioning, tinted windows, Mazda Connect Infotainment System. There are also a Touring Premium Package and i-ACTIVSENSE
Package. A Bose sound system is optional.

2018 Mazda CX-3 interior

2018 Mazda CX-3 – Powertrain

The 2018 CX-3 gets- 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G naturally-aspirated engine with 146 HP and 146 lb-ft. However, this engine will have EPA city/highway fuel economy of 29/35 mpg for the (FWD) and 27/32 mpg for the (AWD). The engine is decent but lacks the acceleration you would want sometimes. But it offers enough juice to handle urban and occasional highway driving needs. The cabin, however, is not as sound insulated as you would like.

2018 Mazda CX-3 rear

2018 Mazda CX-3 – Price, Availability and Final Statment

The pricing for the base trim of 2018 CX-3 begins at $21,000, and for the top trim, the price is close to $26,000. Its release date will be sometimes in late 2017.

Final Statment

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is a decent entry level compact SUV that gets most things right. The styling is enticing and cabin design is also good.  The engines may not be most powerful in the segment but they return good fuel economy. However, the buyers would miss out the advanced safety features found in segment rivals like Mitsubishi ASX, Ford EcoSport, Honda HR-V or Chevy Trax.  Still, you get a great deal for your money if you can overlook the small flaws.

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