2016 Mazda CX-3 Preliminary Specs Released, Will Be Priced In The “Low $20,000s”

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will go on sale this fall in the US with a single engine option and pricing that will start “in the low $20,000s.”

The small crossover will be offered with the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine rated at 146hp at 6,000 rpm and 146lb-ft (198Nm) of peak torque available from 2,800 rpm. The engine will be offered exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is not yet certified, but Mazda engineers anticipate it to achieve fuel economy “at the top of its class.”

The 2016 CX-3 will be available with Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system and the i-ACTIVSENSE safety features, including lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, Smart Brake Support, rear camera, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC).

A standard feature for all models is the Mazda Connect infotainment system which includes Bluetooth phone pairing, audio streaming, USB ports for phone charging and entertainment connectivity and Commander control knob, as well as a 7-inch color touchscreen interface.

The crossover will be available with three trim levels (Sport, Touring and Grand Touring). Standard equipment for the Sport will include 16-inch steel wheels, premium cloth seats with a 60/40 split-fold rear bench seat, Bluetooth hands-free phone pairing and audio streaming, push-button start, AM/FM/CD player, USB input, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows and door locks and keyless entry.

The Touring model will add 16-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, heated exterior mirrors, mirror-mounted turn signal lamps and center armrest.

The range-topping Grand Touring will come with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, power moonroof, leather/Lux Suede seats, LED headlights, adaptive front lighting, LED fog lights, LED daytime running lamps, navigation system, BOSE premium audio system with seven speakers, SiriusXM/HD radio, automatic climate control, Active Driving Display, paddle shifters, driver and front passenger seat heaters and rear cargo cover.