Mazda wants to test US customers appeal to small crossovers with the introduction of the new CX-3, a model that exists on the US market for aproximately a year, but now receives some new updates.
Keeping with the current starting price of $19,960, changes are subtle but include standard 18-inch alloy wheels for CX-3 Touring models and a lower cost of entry for Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE Package of safety technologies in CX-3 Grand Touring ($1,170 versus last year’s $1,920).
All CX-3 models come standard with 146-horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, featuring Sport mode. Power is routed to either the front wheels or through all four with i-ACTIV all-wheel drive.
CX-3 Sport models come equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, power mirrors, cloth seats, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice commands, Bluetooth phone connectivity for phone and audio streaming, a USB input, keyless entry, push-button start, power door locks, a six-speaker audio system and air conditioning, among a long list of other features.
The top-level CX-3 Grand Touring adds leather and Lux Suede seats, LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), LED fog lights, navigation, automatic climate control, paddle shifters and Active Driving Display head-up unit that helps keep a driver’s eyes focused on the road.
The i-ACTIVSENSE package includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), automatic Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and Smart Brake Support (SBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), High Beam Control (HBC), automatic on/off headlights and rain-sensing wipers.