From its introduction in 2016, the Mazda CX-3 has received praise and acclaim from drivers and critics alike for everything from its smooth style and drivability to its family-friendly versatility. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 builds upon that formula by adding more of what makes Mazda’s subcompact crossover a hit.
Interior and exterior updates
Mazda introduced a number of changes to the 2019 CX-3’s interior design, including redvamped front seats, center console and armrests. One of the most notable improvements is a new electronic parking brake that makes better use of space, allows for more storage capabilities and lends itself well to the CX-3’s simple yet elegant interior aesthetic. Other new features offered with the 2019 Mazda CX-3 that increase its premium sensibilities include available full-leather seating, suede-like dashboard and door trim and red louver accents in the HVAC vents.
On the outside, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 continues to advance the brand’s KODO: Soul of Motion aesthetic with a new grille, new chrome and piano black accents, available Soul Red Crystal premium paint option, a new taillight design and new 18-inch multifaceted spoke wheels.
Engine, suspension and body updates
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 focuses on building a sense of connectivity between driver and vehicle, a concept known as Jinba Ittai. To further strengthen this connection, the new CX-3 sees its SKYACTIV®-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder has been retuned to deliver more torque across its RPM range for less internal friction and better fuel economy and responsiveness. With an output of 148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 34 mpg on the highway, balance is very much the heart of the new CX-3.*
Further improving the behind-the-wheel experience is SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, which retunes the chassis dynamics based on engine timing to deliver more responsive steering. This works in harmony with the CX-3’s revised suspension and power steering, as well as new 18-inch low-profile tires that provide better shock absorption and reduce braking distance. To ensure a better sense of comfort in the cabin, Mazda has added thicker door panels, rear-door glass and headliner for a quieter ride.
The new 2019 Mazda CX-3 takes the beloved subcompact crossover and makes it an even stronger competitor in the industry’s most crowded segment. With an impressive sense of style and a greater emphasis on forging a connection with the driver, the CX-3 stands out from the horde and delivers a complete package.
*Based on EPA estimates for 2019 Mazda CX-3 FWD models, 29 city/34 highway MPG. AWD models, 27 city/32 highway MPG. Actual results will vary.
This article is presented by Gossett Mazda.