Mazda Says 2016 CX-3 Will Start Under $20,000 (Kinda)

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
mazda says 2016 cx 3 will start under 20 000 kinda

The new mini crossover from Mazda will start at $19,960 (not including $880 destination) when it goes on sale after next month, the automaker reported Thursday.

That puts the CX-3 in leagues with the Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade as sub-$20,000 crossovers in an increasingly crowded and competitive segment.

Like the rest of its competition, it’s not hard to hike the CX-3’s final price up in a hurry.

The base price gets Mazda’s 2.0-liter inline four and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard on all models will be a rear-view camera, 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth push button starter and power windows and doors. All-wheel drive can be added for $1,250.

The middle-of-the-range CX-3 Touring (with heated seats, leather wrapped wheel, blind-spot monitoring, et al.) runs $22,840. The top-of-the-line CX-3 Grand Touring (navigation, moon roof, leather, Bose sound, etc.) comes in at $25,870. And presumably, the most you could pay for a CX-3 coming from the factory would be a Grand Touring CX-3 with all-wheel drive and Mazda’s optional safety package would be $29,040.

If you need any further proof the segment is ultra competitive and willing to cut to the very bone for the best price on a headline, consider that you can still buy a Jeep Renegade without air conditioning and 16-inch steel wheels for $18,880.

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  • Pecci Pecci on Jul 16, 2015

    No manual ... no deal!

  • Eggsalad Eggsalad on Jul 17, 2015

    Why are these referred to as Japanese CUV? They're Mexican. I haven't seen enough evidence that Mexican vehicles are of an acceptable build quality to even begin to consider one.

  • John R John R on Jul 17, 2015

    And Mazda continues the practice of making cars who's looks write checks its motors can't cash. The jury's out, but I suspect the equivalently priced Juke will walk away from this all day.

  • Funky Funky on Jul 17, 2015

    This, I think, is a nice looking vehicle. I recently purchased a new Mazda (my second Mazda, the first of which, an MX-5, I bought in 2009). I am definitely a fan, in general. A manual transmission, in a compact SUV such as this would be nice. A manual transmission in the upper trim levels of the CX-5 and the GT trim of the Mazda 6 would also be nice. However, the 6 speed automatic, with the so-called "kickdown" or "power boost", or whatever, seems to work well. But, I agree with others, here, that Mazda should make the manual transmission more readily available in this CX-3 and in higher trims of other models.