Kelley Blue Book Value®
$19,150 - $26,979
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
27 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
146
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$19,150 - $26,979
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
27 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
146
Seats
5

Ranks #25 Compact SUVs by Owners

Ranks #12 Compact SUVs by Experts

Ranks #8 Compact SUVs by Fuel Economy

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.3 Overall Score
Performance 4.6 Comfort 4.0 Styling 4.5 Value 4.1

Editor's Overview

Mazda’s CX-3 is by far the most athletic and fun-to-drive subcompact SUV money can buy. Sure, you’ll get more usable interior space in a Honda HR-V, and more features for less money in the Kia...

Mazda CX-3 Models & Trims

2018 Mazda CX-3 Owner Reviews

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33 Reviews
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Mazda cx-3 problems and highlights!

2018 Mazda CX-3

I really like that it is very touchy with the accelerator. If you push it just a little bit the car will go very fast, but drive very smoothly! I also really like that the seats are very comfy. They provide enough support so that you feel comfortable while driving, but they never get super hard or uncomfortable, even on very long drives! Overall, it handles very well and I don't really have any complaints about it! The one problem it has is occasionally it will lurch forward on the highway all of the sudden and then make a "clunk" sound. I have taken it to multiple dealerships and auto shops and they haven't been able to fix the problem or even understand what the problem is. It sometimes gets so often it is terrifying to drive. I really like this car, so I may try to test drive another one and see if it has the same problem. If it does not, I'll buy that car instead as long as it runs better. It is most likely just a manufacturing problem. It is very reliable but this problem has become more and more frequent with the time I have had it. One thing that I especially like about the car is the amazing speaker system. I can drone out sounds around me without turning it up high. And I can turn it up high enough for me, but not high enough for the people outside my car in their own cars to hear the music. I couldn't do this with my last car, which was a 2010 Mazda 3, so I am very excited and happy that I can do it with this car! Overall I would definitely recommend this car to anyone and everyone, just be completely sure it has no manufacturing defects before buying the car!

- Gillian F

The sturdiest little car and best gas mileage.

2018 Mazda CX-3

My car is amazing, great on gas super comfortable, the back is super spacious, I love all the thought out placement of the buttons on the car, love putting my back seats all the way down for my two dogs, we live in the middle of nowhere so we have to make a drive for pretty much anything and this car gets us two and from with ease, I cannot say enough good things, the built in “Siri” is great as well, I love all the hands free things, easy to make a call or even texts, answer incoming calls it is all so easy with this car.

- Jessica G

My car is incredibly reliable and safe feeling. While small, it's mighty.

2018 Mazda CX-3

The car's performance is amazing. It handles great in all weather, makes me feel safe. The seats are comfortable, and the heated seat is great. The touch screen is unintuitive and very confusing- especially the navigation feature. The adaptive cruise control hurts my mileage which is annoying. The gas tank seems to easily get air bubbles resulting in frustration while gassing my vehicle. Overall I love my car despite its annoyances.

- Jenni F

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$20,110 - $21,360
$25,165 - $26,415

Horsepower

Horsepower
146 hp
146 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L SKYACTIV
2.0L SKYACTIV

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.7 in.
41.7 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.4 in.
37.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35 in.
35 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.2 in.
37.2 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/60HR16
P215/50VR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
101.2 in.
101.2 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.8 ft.
34.8 ft.

Length

Length
168.3 in.
168.3 in.

Width

Width
69.6 in.
69.6 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2809 - 2952 lbs.
2809 - 2952 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
146 hp
146 hp

Torque

Torque
146 ft. lbs.
146 ft. lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
11.9 - 12.7 gal.
11.9 - 12.7 gal.

Combined

Combined
30 - 32 mpg
30 - 32 mpg

City

City
27 - 29 mpg
27 - 29 mpg

Highway

Highway
32 - 34 mpg
32 - 34 mpg

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety