A relative newbie to the world of subcompact crossovers having made its debut in 2016, starting prices for the 2019 Mazda CX-3 ring in at $21,365 ($975 destination fee included) for a front-wheel-drive Sport model, and can top out at over $29,000 for an all-wheel-drive Grand Touring model finished in optional Soul Red Mica and equipped with the Premium Package.
Changes for 2019 include slightly more horsepower, improved EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers, a revised front grille, a standard rearview camera, an electronic parking brake, a redesigned center console with an armrest and more storage, larger seats with vibration-absorbing urethane foam, a rear center armrest with built-in cupholders, and full leather seats on the Grand Touring trim only.
The entry-level Sport model is well equipped with a feature list that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless push-button start, cruise control, a seven-inch touchscreen, an electronic parking brake with auto-hold, and hill start assist.
Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed (under 19 mph) automatic emergency braking. Mazda's I-Activesense Package, which contains all speed automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning, is optional on Sport and Touring models, and standard on the Grand Touring.
We'd opt for the Touring trim that adds heated outside mirrors, automatic headlights, larger 18-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, advanced keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, and easier-to-clean leatherette seat trim – at an additional cost of just $2,085.
Our tester was a range-topping Grand Touring model with nearly all the options and priced at a premium for this segment. On top its additional standard features (moonroof, bright exterior trim, adaptive front lighting and automatic high beams, LED headlights, taillights, fog lights and daytime running lights, paddle shifters, leather seat trim, a head-up display, navigation, Bose sound system, HD and satellite radio, all speed automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and a rear cargo cover), it also included Soul Red Crystal paint ($595), Rear Bumper Guard ($100), Door Sill Trim Plates ($100), and the Premium Package ($710, auto-dimming rearview mirror, six-way power driver seat with power lumbar and memory, a heated steering wheel, and traffic sign recognition). The MSRP, including destination, was $29,625, which also overlaps the larger and quieter CX-5 Touring model.
This is how we'd build our ideal 2019 CX-3:
- Model: 2019 Mazda CX-3 Touring
- Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
- Output: 148 hp / 146 lb-ft
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy: 29 City / 34 Hwy
- Options: Touring I-Activsense Package ($1,000, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive front lighting, LED headlights and taillights, head-up display)
- Base Price: $23,450 (including a $975 destination fee)
- Best Value Price: $24,450