By on May 3, 2018

Mazda has released pricing details for the 2019 CX-3. Refreshed for the upcoming model year, the subcompact crossover doesn’t change its already handsome looks all that much, but it does include more standard tech. This translates into a higher MSRP.

However, we doubt many buyers will mind a modest increase in price when the new CX-3 goes on sale later this month. All models now receive direct tire pressure monitoring, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control as standard equipment. In addition to the gently touched-up visuals, tacking on an extra $290 to the pre-destination base price doesn’t sting all that badly. 

While we would have loved to see Mazda add something other than the 2.0-liter four-cylinder on higher-trim vehicles, the unit’s 148 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque has proven adequate in the past and can be had with i-ACTIV all-wheel drive for an extra $1,400.

The subtle visual enhancements include a new front grille, additional chrome accents, restyled LED taillights, optional 18-inch aluminum wheels and a new “Soul Red Crystal” paint scheme. For the interior, drivers are treated to redesigned seats (which Mazda claims are more supportive), improved sound deadening, and a redesigned center console offering more elbow room.

Unfortunately, a lot of that open space comes via the addition of an electronic parking brake — which looks modern but limits the fun that can be had in a snowy parking lot. Assuming you’re more mature than we are, you probably won’t miss the classic handbrake.

The base-level Mazda CX-3 Sport now starts at $20,390 and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, dual USB ports, a rear-view camera and Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio. The 7-inch display screen has voice command but can also be navigated through a control knob, same as on the outgoing model.

If you want more tech, you can option the Sport i-ACTIVSENSE Package for an additional $1,100. The suite includes loads of additional features, including Advanced Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian detection, Smart Brake Support, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane departure warning, automatic high beam control, adaptive front-lighting, additional driving displays, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, and automatic LED headlights.

The $22,475 CX-3 Touring adds a few of those features, bringing down the still-optional i-ACTIVSENSE Package by $100, but adding a ton of style. In addition to automatic wipers, climate control, and headlights, the Touring trim provides drivers with heated side mirrors, keyless entry, 18-inch wheels, and black pillar accents. It also comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. A preferred equipment package chucks in satellite radio, a Bose seven-speaker premium sound system, moonroof, and a cargo cover for $1,410.

However, if you want the works but aren’t interested in the CX-5, the 2019 CX-3 Grand Touring starts at $25,745. It comes with every feature found on the other trims, plus the safety suite, auto-dimming rearview mirror, parchment or black full-leather seats, paddle shifters, navigation, moonroof, heated steering wheel, and extra forward illumination. Visual upgrades come from chrome accents on the front bumper and side sills, as well as those LED combo taillights. Customers can also splurge on a six-way power driver’s seat, power driver’s lumbar support, and 2-position driver memory system for another $710.

Check it out for yourself if any of that sounds like it’s up your street. Dealerships should have them in stock before the end of this month.

[Images: Mazda]

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25 Comments on “Upmarket Mazda: 2019 CX-3 Adds Standard Equipment for Not Much Extra Dough...”


  • avatar
    Lynchenstein

    This is hands-down the best looking small ute out there right now. Too small for my needs, but it’s sexy as hell for a crossover.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      eh.. you are desperate if you buy this

      • 0 avatar
        gmichaelj

        i’m not sure why he’d have to be “desperate”, but a quick look at small Crossover Market appears to support you.

        Cx3 salea are down about 9% from 2016, while the small Crossover segment has grown about 14%.

        Looks like consumers think this auto is not exactly Top of Class

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          “desperate” because if you need small crossover that is called Mazda. This car is simply not good. May be good in driving, but makes no damn sense since no-one ca sit in the back of it. Mazda3 hatch instead of this is obvious.

          • 0 avatar
            sutherland555

            This. I’m a Mazda fanboy. The 3 hatch is superior to AND cheaper than the CX-3.

          • 0 avatar
            tonycd

            slavuta, I count that you have made eight separate posts in this thread saying that you hate this car. Five of those posts assert that the back seat is too small.

            Based on this analysis, I am concluding that you hate this car, and you consider its back seat to be too small.

      • 0 avatar
        Lynchenstein

        I’m not planning to buy it – if you read and understood what I wrote – but I still think the design is great.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          You need to qualify – exterior design. Interior design is bad, at least because you have 4 doors but in the back is mission impossible. Somehow they managed to make it large outside, small inside.

        • 0 avatar
          tonycd

          I know a young single woman who had just moved to a Snow Belt area and was looking for a replacement for her old Civic. She cared about reliability, drivability and style, but not acceleration or rear seat room. She bought one of these and adores it.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            I didn’t see any single young women on this site, commenting here, who should adore this car

  • avatar
    Johnster

    The big thing I’d like to see in a more upmarket version would be additional sound insulation. The vehicle is a bit noisy for what it is.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    “Unfortunately, a lot of that open space comes via the addition of an electronic parking brake — which looks modern but limits the fun that can be had in a snowy parking lot.”

    this is straight out of my playbook

  • avatar
    rolando

    The only reason I can think of not buying this over a Competiive ToyoHonda is …. I can’t think of a reason. The Honda is more practical, but if you want practical, you’d get the Civc or 3. Maybe its not ‘butch’ enough to appeal to the the target audience? I think the target audience is young females, who want more angles live the CHR or HRV?

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Before you buy this, try to sit in the back for 5 minutes

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Agreed, the back seat sucks, but then again, for a lot of folks, that’s not much of a consideration (raises hand).

      • 0 avatar
        nrcote

        > Before you buy this, try to sit in the back for 5 minutes

        Sat in the back for 20 minutes, two years ago, during a test drive. My wife was driving, the sales rep was the front passenger. I’m 5’7″. No complaint whatsoever.

        We bought it, still have it, still like it.

        So, I will guess that you’re over 6′, or a prick, or both.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    This is my top pick for the compact SUV segment.

    It has better interior material quality, ergonomics, fit/finish, gauge cluster, and ride quality/handling balance than any other vehicle in its segment, and can make an actual, legitimate case for itself even at the 25k price point, against the equivalent sized Audi, while trouncing anything equivalent sized from Nissan, Subaru, Guangzhou Motors, Ford, FCA, Toyota,’Kia, Hyundai,’Volkswagen, etc.

    It’s far better than a Mercedes Benz GLA (trash)’at an honest $12k to $15k less.

  • avatar
    jh26036

    A nice driving, good looking, small SUV…that is bad at being a SUV. Rear hatch opening is small, cramp back seats compared to competitors, just an overall poor design package for carrying stuff and passengers. Great for a personal driver though.

    The Honda HR-V is way more boring but at least it’s designed well for the purpose.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    It’s (relatively) terrific to drive…but needs more power. With a bigger engine, I’d actually consider one of these.

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