Set to go on sale in the United States later this month, the 2019 CX-3 is $280 more expensive than its predecessor. Despite the modest price increase, the model comes with a number of improvements including redesigned front seats, a newly standard electronic parking brake and a new rear armrest with integrated cup holders. The center console and center armrest have also been redesigned and Mazda says this results in “significantly greater storage space.”
Besides the interior updates, the 2019 CX-3 has a new grille, updated taillights and restyled wheels. There’s also higher quality materials and improved sound insulation.
The entry-level CX-3 Sport comes equipped with fabric seats and a push-button ignition. Other features include a 7-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system, a rearview camera and Bluetooth connectivity. Buyers will also find 16-inch alloy wheels, two USB ports and power windows, locks and mirrors. There are also a handful of driver assistance systems including Smart City Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and a Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
The $1,100 i-ACTIVSENSE Package builds on those safety features as it adds Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with a Stop and Go function. The package also adds automatic high beam headlights, a lane departure warning system, rain-sensing wipers and LED lighting units. Other notable additions include an automatic climate control system and an active driving display.
The CX-3 Touring starts at $22,475 and comes equipped with LED headlights, heated side mirrors and 18-inch wheels. The model also has rain-sensing wipers and new piano black pillar accents.
The interior receives some upgrades as well as drivers will find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an automatic climate control system and black leatherette seats. Rounding out the changes is a leather-wrapped shifter, heated front seats and a front passenger seat with a manual seat lifter.
The i-ACTIVSENSE Package is available for $1,000 and the model can also be equipped with the Touring Preferred Equipment Package for $1,410. The latter package adds a glass moonroof, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a rear cargo cover and an improved audio system with HD radio and a four-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.
CX-3 Grand Touring
The $25,745 CX-3 Grand Touring goes even further as the range-topping model has leather seats, a color head-up display, a power moonroof and LED lighting units. Other niceties include chrome exterior trim, GPS navigation and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
Buyers looking for even more luxury can order the $710 Grand Touring Premium Package which adds a six-way power driver’s seat with power adjustable lumbar support and a two-position memory system. The package also includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a heated steering wheel and a traffic sign recognition system.
Regardless of which model is selected, all US-spec CX-3’s are equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS) and 146 lb-ft (197 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system for an additional $1,400.