2019 Mazda CX-3 review

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Mazda CX-3 highlights

Customer rating


  • Comfortable and stylish interior
  • Engaging driving experience
  • Decent fuel economy


  • Cargo space could be larger
  • Rear seat feels cramped for adults
  • Suspension feels too firm at times

Mileage (EPA estimate)

27 city, 32 highway, 29 combined

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A compact design with a touch of refinement

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.

All Mazda CX-3 years

What is new for the 2019 Mazda CX-3?

  • CX-3 trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Leather Seats, and Leatherette Seats as standard equipment this year.
  • Heated Steering Wheel features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment.

2019 Mazda CX-3 trims

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  • The base trim of the 2019 Mazda CX-3, the Sport trim includes standard features such as push-button start, a seven-inch color touchscreen display, daytime running lights, a six-speaker audio system, and more.

  • View all Mazda CX-3 Sports in stock


  • The Touring trim of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 includes everything found on the Sport trim as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, automatic climate control, auto on/off headlights, heated front seats, and more.

  • View all Mazda CX-3 Tourings in stock

Grand Touring

  • The Grand Touring trim of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 includes everything found on the Touring trim as well as leather seats, a Bose® seven-speaker surround-sound audio system, a power-sliding glass moonroof, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and more.

  • View all Mazda CX-3 Grand Tourings in stock

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Mazda CX-3

1. High-class interior

2019 Mazda CX-3 Review: Backseats | CarMax

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

2019 Mazda CX-3 Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

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

2019 Mazda CX-3 Review: Front Seats | CarMax

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

2019 Mazda CX-3 Review: Engine | CarMax

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.

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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Mazda CX-9

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.

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.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Mazda CX-3 an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Mazda CX-3 2nd out of 8 among Subcompact SUVs.

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Mazda CX-3 features and specs

Grand Touring 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Power Seat(s)

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.7"/R 35"

Head room

F 37.6"/R 37.2"

Front tires


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2019 Mazda CX-3 FAQ

More about the 2019 Mazda CX-3

Color options

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:

  • Black cloth

  • Black leatherette

  • Black leather

  • Parchment leather

Interior details

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 features a luxurious and upscale interior that is sure to delight even the most particular automotive enthusiasts. Depending on its trim configuration, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is outfitted with either cloth or leather seats and offers available interior styling features such as a power moonroof and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. In terms of interior space, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 offers 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 44.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down.

Child seat details

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is capable of fitting two car seats in the back row and is able to accommodate most types of car seats, including latch car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. However, the 2019 CX-3 does not easily accommodate infant car seats. As a subcompact SUV, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is not the roomiest family vehicle on the market today, but it is still a fine choice for smaller families.

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