A compact design with a touch of refinement.

2019 Mazda CX-3 Review | CarMax

If you're on the hunt for a compact crossover but aren't interested in giving up the driving dynamics of a sedan, then the 2019 Mazda CX-3 might be right for you. Its fun, sporty personality comes from attractive exterior styling, a peppy engine, fast steering response, and car-like driving dynamics. The Mazda CX-3 has been refreshed with updated styling, which gives it some of the best refinement in its class.

There is a single-engine option across all three trim levels and available all-wheel-drive as well, handy in less-than-ideal driving conditions. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 should provide a driving experience closer to a car than many other compact SUVs.

In this 2019 Mazda CX-3 review, you'll discover:

Key Specs & Features

  • One four-cylinder engine for all models
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Standard rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring
  • A total of 44.5 cubic feet of cargo space
  • A standard seven-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera

5 Reasons to Buy

1. High-Class Interior

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With a design refresh for 2019, Mazda adds a lot of refinement to the interior of the CX-3. Both the cloth and leather seats (Grand Touring trim) are comfortable and supportive while the attractive piping adds to the high-class feeling of the interior. Additional sound insulation helps make the 2019 Mazda CX-3 quieter on the road than past model years.

2. Modern technology

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The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is equipped with a seven-inch infotainment system as standard. Also included is an innovative dial on the center console which controls the infotainment system. Standard entertainment technology across all trims of the 2019 model year also includes Bluetooth® connectivity and Pandora® internet radio integration.

3. Standard Driver Aids

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All trims of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 include technology like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera. Standard on the Grand Touring trim and optional on Sport or Touring trims is adaptive cruise control, automatic forward braking, lane-keep assist, and lane departure warning.

4. Great Around Town

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Thanks to a peppy 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 148 horsepower and a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 should be an ideal urban commuter. The CX-3 performs well in stop-and-go traffic. 2019 front-wheel-drive models with the 2.0L engine get an EPA-estimated 29 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.1

5. Refined Exterior

There are a lot of CUVs to choose from, but the 2019 Mazda CX-3 offers one of the most attractive and sophisticated exterior stylings in its class. LED headlights and fog lights on the Grand Touring trim look sharp at night while the grille, headlight design, and rear liftgate sport a 2019 update. New LED rear lights are standard on the Grand Touring trim and optional on all other trims.

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What You Need to Know

Exterior colors

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is available in the following exterior colors:

  • Ceramic Metallic
  • Deep Crystal Blue Metallic
  • Eternal Blue Mica
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Machine Grey Metallic
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Titanium Flash Mica

Interior colors

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 has the following interior color choices, depending on trim:

  • Black cloth
  • Black leatherette
  • Black leather
  • Parchment leather

Available trims

Three trims are available for the 2019 Mazda CX-3:

  • Sport – A seven-inch infotainment system, Pandora internet radio, a six-speaker audio system, cloth seating, cruise control, a USB port, and more.
  • Touring – Includes everything featured on the Sport trim while adding a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette seats, heated front seats, and more.
  • Grand Touring – Includes Touring standard features and adds adaptive cruise control, leather seats, a Bose® seven-speaker audio system, satellite radio, automatic climate control, and more.

Similar Vehicles

Mazda CX-9

The flagship SUV in the Mazda family, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is great if you have a lot of passengers to haul. All 2019 models are equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with front-wheel drive, the 2019 2.5L Mazda CX-9 gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.1

There are four different trims to choose from on the 2019 Mazda CX-9: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. The top-level Signature trim offers Nappa-leather seating, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, and heated second-row seats. Like the CX-3, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is available in either front or all-wheel drive.

Honda HR-V

Small and sporty, the Honda HR-V is a stylish compact SUV. A peppy 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 141 horsepower should make the 2019 Honda HR-V an ideal urban commuter. There's a surprising amount of space in this compact package, like 24.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row.

You can choose from five different trims of the 2019 Honda HR-V: the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options are also available. In 2019 models, the EX trim and higher feature the Honda Sensing® suite of driver aids, which includes adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a practical vehicle that's just as at home on the daily commute as it is off-roading. For 2019, the Toyota RAV4 enters its fifth generation with a whole new redesign, updated and more aggressive styling, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid platform offers an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined fuel economy and features all-wheel drive.1

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 offers five different trims: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, and Limited. As the name suggests, the Adventure trim gives the 2019 Toyota RAV4 off-road friendly features like bigger tires, unique exterior styling, and an orange-accented interior.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is a refined and stylish compact SUV; it's a fun, exciting, and practical option. No matter where you need to go, you should get there with a degree of refinement and utility.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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