If you’re in the market for a subcompact crossover SUV and you’re not moved by labels like "luxury," the 2019 Mazda CX-3 has to be right at the top of your list of models to take a closer look at. This stylish, affordable, nimble, well-equipped and fuel-efficient crossover is extremely popular with buyers all around the globe. It's not difficult to understand why the is such a popular model at dealers like the Phoenix Mazda dealership.
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. All models are powered by a Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front or all four wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission. According to Phoenix Mazda, all three trim levels get standard front-wheel drive, but all-wheel-drive is an available option.
When you look at the exterior and interior styling of the CX-3 and you then find out what comes standard, you might have to do a double-take at the starting price. It might be extremely affordable, but it looks and feels like a vehicle that costs a lot more. Mazda has forgone any pretense of ruggedness or faux machismo and has instead produced a sleek, hatchback-style urban crossover SUV that checks all the contemporary styling boxes.
The base Sport trim comes loaded with a long list of standard features, including a full set of power features, 16-inch alloys, keyless ignition, air conditioning, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with USB input and Bluetooth connectivity.
Touring models add synthetic leather upholstery, larger 18-inch alloys, automatic climate control and heated seats in the front. If you’d like to add a little more without going to the top trim level, there's an available option package that includes a premium Bose audio system, satellite radio and a moonroof.
Opt for the top-of-the-range Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring and you can enjoy premium features such as a navigation system, leather upholstery, a head-up display, and many advanced safety features that are optional with the Sport and Touring models.
Safety is another strong feature of the CX-3, which means it gets a full five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA. The IIHS gave the 2019 Mazda CX-3 its top score of Good in all crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick. Even the entry-level Sport model comes standard with blind-spot monitors, low-speed automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning, while adaptive cruise control, full-speed automatic emergency braking, LED headlights, and lane-departure warning are available for the CX-3 Sport as part of an option package.
Thanks to its lightweight design and frugal four-cylinder engine, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 returns some very agreeable fuel economy ratings. In its standard front-wheel-drive format, the Mazda crossover gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.* All-wheel-drive versions return 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle