2018 Mazda CX-3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Soul Red Metallic
MSRP
$19,091 - $27,150
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MPG (up to)
27 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
146
Seats
5

How 2018 Mazda CX-3 Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.3 Overall Score
Performance 4.6Comfort 4.0Styling 4.5Value 4.1

What's New

As part of its standard equipment, the 2018 CX-3 gains Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support. New options this year include a heated steering wheel, full-color Active Driving Display and a power driver’s seat with memory. Revisions to the CX-3’s suspension improve handling and comfort while reducing road noise.

Mazda CX-3 Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Sport $19,091 - $21,684
Horsepower: 146 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6, 18 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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close icon Sun Roof
check icon Back-Up Camera
close icon Premium Audio
close icon Smart Device Integration
close icon WiFi Hotspot
check icon Keyless Start
check icon Keyless Entry
check icon Automated Emergency Braking
close icon Blind Spot Monitor
close icon Cross-Traffic Alert
close icon Lane Departure Warning
chevronDown icon Touring $21,509 - $24,334
Horsepower: 146 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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check icon Blind Spot Monitor
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chevronDown icon Grand Touring $23,881 - $27,150
Horsepower: 146 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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close icon WiFi Hotspot
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check icon Blind Spot Monitor
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Owner Reviews

4.63
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Mazda cx-3 problems and highlights!

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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
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The sturdiest little car and best gas mileage.

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

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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.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$19,091 - $21,684
$21,509 - $24,334

Horsepower

Horsepower
146 (hp)
146 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L SKYACTIV
2.0L SKYACTIV
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Not Available
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Not Available
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.7 (in.)
41.7 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.4 (in.)
37.6 - 38.4 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35 (in.)
35 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.2 (in.)
37.2 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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Standard

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Not Available
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Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Premium Synthetic, Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Not Available
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Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Standard
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Standard

Running Boards

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

Width

Width
69.6 (in.)
69.6 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2809 - 2952 (.lbs)
2809 - 2952 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
146 (hp)
146 (hp)

Torque

Torque
146 (ft. lbs.)
146 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Not Available
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Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
11.9 (gal.)
11.9 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
31 (mpg)
31 (mpg)

City

City
28 (mpg)
28 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
33 (mpg)
33 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Standard
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Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Not Available
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Standard

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
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Not Available
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Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
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Front
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Side
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
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Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Smart City Brake Support and Rear Collision Warning

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (0)

This vehicle has no recalls.

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