The most substantial change for the 2018 CX-3 is the addition of Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system – forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking to the layman – as standard across the entire range of trims. It was optional on the range-topping Grand Touring trim last year and can automatically apply the vehicle’s brakes at speeds below 19 miles per hour.
In addition to the new safety system, the CX-3 gets the automaker’s G-Vectoring Control, which, according to Mazda, should improve the crossover’s handling. But Mazda didn’t stop there, as the automaker revised the chassis and steering for improved handling, sound suppression, and comfort, as well.
The CX-3 also gets a few new features, including a full-color head-up dipslay, a heated steering wheel, and a power driver’s seat with memory settings. Pricing for the CX-3 has increased modestly, with the entry-level front-wheel-drive Sport trim starting at $21,050 (all prices include the $940 destination fee), an increase of $150 over the previous model that started at $20,900.