Crossover to the sporty side
Looking for a sporty crossover SUV that's fun to drive, easy to park, and fuel-efficient? You want the 2019 Mazda CX-3. Though the diminutive crossover might not sport the same interior space as its bigger brother (the Mazda CX-5), the Mazda CX-3 is sure to win you over with its dynamic handling, excellent fuel economy, and all-around high-quality interior.
Nestled comfortably beneath the Mazda CX-3’s hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This peppy powertrain produces 148 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a standard six-speed automatic transmission, although all trims are available with all-wheel drive.
Part of what makes the 2019 Mazda CX-3 such a winner is its excellent fuel efficiency, returning an EPA-estimated fuel economy that sits at 31 mpg combined (29 city/34 highway) with front-wheel drive* and 29 mpg combined (27 city/32 highway) with the added assurance of all-wheel drive.*
Even more impressive than any fuel economy numbers, though, is the Mazda CX-3’s confidence on the road. Handling is simply superb with the CX-3 cutting and carving through turns and traffic with incredible ease. It’s hard to imagine tackling a work commute with any level of enthusiasm, but believe us when we say the Mazda CX-3 manages to evoke that feeling.
The 2019 CX-3 is a five-passenger subcompact crossover with a starting price of $20,390.** It’s available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring.
Even at its entry point, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 impresses with its long list of standard features, all of which are sure to impress drivers with budgets both big and small. Standard exterior highlights include 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, and a rear roof spoiler.
Adding to this robust list of standard features are interior highlights, like a push-button ignition; cruise control; and for tech lovers, Bluetooth® audio connectivity, a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, and a gorgeous 7-inch touchscreen.
Step up to the Touring trim and things get even better. This trim adds amenities such as heated mirrors, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless ignition/entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The Grand Touring trim really hits a home run in terms of content, adding 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights/fog lights, and head-up display. We've already praised the Mazda CX-3's interior, but it's important to mention that the Grand Touring trim blurs the line between mainstream and premium vehicle. We're perfectly fine with that, and we imagine drivers will be too.
Grand Touring models also boast leather, a navigation system, and an upgraded seven-speaker Bose® audio system.
With its long hood and small coupe-like cabin, there is no denying that the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is one smart-looking subcompact crossover. The design is typical Mazda throughout, featuring highly sculpted fenders and styling language that conveys motion even when it's standing still.
Inside, the design shows excellent execution. Even in its base form, the Mazda CX-3 boasts high-quality materials and a sleek dashboard. Grand Touring models get a large central tachometer that adds an additional element of sportiness, while the gauges and buttons are easy to use.
Despite being a subcompact crossover, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 delivers outstanding comfort for its segment. Seats are pleasantly firm, and the cabin is surprisingly roomy.
While you’ll find less space than in a traditional crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-3’s modest rear cargo hold is more than enough for trips to the grocery store and weekend getaways.
Every 2019 Mazda CX-3 comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and a rearview camera. As noted, the Touring adds a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, while the Grand Touring can be equipped with an i-ACTIVSENSE package that includes advanced technologies like a forward collision mitigation system.
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 delivers big results despite its diminutive frame. It'll invigorate your commute while providing all the benefits of a traditional crossover. This is one compact crossover you can't afford to pass up.
For more information about this or any other new model in our inventory, or to schedule your test drive, contact us online or visit Cutter Automotive Galleries at 805 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96813.
* EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary depending on driving habits and conditions. Use for comparison purposes only.
** Starting at $20,390 MSRP for 2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport FWD models. MSRP excludes taxes, title, license fees and $995 destination charge (Alaska $1,040). Actual dealer price will vary.
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