Forget the practical reasons to buy a subcompact crossover and focus on the emotional ones, which will take you to the 2020 Mazda CX-3. While it has a higher seating position than the Mazda 3 hatchback, it has a smaller and less rear seat cargo space Fortunately, this SUV of an SUV retains the company’s high class style and high fidelity driving experience. The CX-3 is also handsome everywhere with a sharp-looking body and an equally attractive interior. Of course, Mazda’s four-cylinder engine can be noisy at times, but even with the four-wheel drive available it offers impressive fuel economy. While some of its rivals are also attractive and even more useful, the 2020 CX-3 will satisfy people who prefer to think with their hearts not with their heads.
Mazda granted a lot of updates during the previous model year, which include visual refreshments and additional assistance to the driver, but the company does not make any significant changes to the 2020 CX-3 line.
Sport: $ 21,685
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The well-constructed and impressively detailed cab of the CX-3 feels exclusive, and its convenient and direct driving position makes it easy to install in a unit. However, space for rear passengers is limited, which reduces their practicality as a people carrier. Fans of simplicity will appreciate the cabin. Mazda has chosen textured plastics, soft leather and bright chrome accents. The three large rotary knobs of the air conditioning system are among the few controls on the dashboard. As with its passenger space, the CX-3 is tattooed when it comes to cargo room. In our two storage tests, it fell into or near the bottom of the package. Behind his backseat, we managed to fit three of our handbags, and he was maximized to 12 with the rear seats folded. For the sake of comparison, the mazda 3 hatchback of similar size accommodated five transport luggage behind its back seat and 15 with the styled seat.
Infotainment and connectivity
All CX-3s come standard with an infotainment system with 7.0-inch touchscreen perched on top of the contoured board. A rotary control controller is in the center console to avoid screen stains and to eliminate the need to move forward to operate the system while driving. A front display rises from the top of the instrument panel and provides information such as speed and navigation.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Under the long muzzle of the CX-3 is a 146 hp four-cylinder engine. It is not the most powerful four-cylinder engine in this segment, that title belongs to the 1.6-liter turbo of the Kia Soul Exclaim, but our total tensile test vehicle did so from zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. The engine itself sounds thick, particularly at high speeds, but its happy nature of revolutions adds a grating that its rivals lack. The CX-3 clings to the sports spirit of the Mazda brand and is undoubtedly the most athletic offer in this class. Its fun driving character is made up of many elements, including an animated chassis, well-controlled body roll, and the master suspension tuning that walks the fine line between firm and too firm. All this adds to a predictability that improves the control that facilitates fast driving.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
If fuel eficiency is the name of your game, then the CX-3 will not disappoint. His EPA estimates place him near the top of the segment, either equipped with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Our four-wheel drive test vehicle returned 30 mpg, which is lower than its EPA road rating of 32 mpg, but in line with most of its rivals.
Safety features and driver assistance
The CX-3 gets excellent crash test ratings. He received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2020 Mazda CX-3 comes standard with automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Its most advanced driver assistance technology set is the icing on the cake and is offered on all models. Key security features include:
> Standard automated emergency brake.
> Lane departure warning available.
> Adaptive cruise control available.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Mazda’s warranty coverage coincides with most of its rivals, but drivers who plan to accumulate pile up on miles may want to register with their local Kia dealer. The Soul offers a limited warranty and longer powertrain than any other vehicle in this segment.
> The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
> The powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
> No free scheduled maintenance