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    2020 Mazda CX-3 OVERVIEW

    What's New

    The 2020 Mazda CX-3 sees few additional changes following last year's significant mid-cycle refresh. Importantly, the CX-3 receives standard Apple Car Play and Android Auto for the new model year. The automaker's i-Activsense suite of active safety features is also newly standard, bringing adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and more.

    The stylish subcompact crossover is destined for city life, but its available all-wheel drive allows the call of the wild to be answered, occasionally.

    Choosing Your Mazda CX-3

    The CX-3 is available in only available in one trim for the 2020 model year: Sport. It starts at $21,740 including destination.

    Engine Choices

    All CX-3 models are equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 148 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque low in the rev range – ideal for scooting around in traffic.

    A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. An all-wheel-drive system is available for $1,400, giving it a leg up on some of its two-wheel-drive-only competitors.

    The CX-3 runs on regular gas and earns an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 31 combined. AWD reduces those figures by two mpg across the board.

    Passenger and Cargo Capacity

    Though the CX-3 is designed to be tidy enough for the city, its overall dimensions aren't the smallest of its competitors. It can seat five passengers and has a cargo space with 17.8 cubic feet. Fold the rear seat down, and this expands to 42.7 cubic feet.

    Safety Features

    The Mazda CX-3 comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

    The NHTSA awards the CX-3 with a five-star overall safety rating, and IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick Plus, the highest possible designation in both cases.


    Mazda supplies the CX-3 with a 7-inch touchscreen that also utilizes a remote control mounted between the driver and passenger seats. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are newly standard for 2020, joining Pandora, Bluetooth, and USB compatibility.

    Sport - From $21,740

    The CX-3 Sport wears 16-inch alloy wheels, body-colored mirrors with integrated turn signals, LED headlights that are adaptive, automatic high beams, a rear roofline spoiler, and dual exhaust outlets for a more-than-base outward appearance.

    Inside, buyers are treated to push-button start, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, cloth seats, and a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat.

    Compare CX-3 Trims Side-By-Side

    CarsDirect Tip

    The 2020 Mazda CX-3 blends the automaker's elegant design theme with high-quality exterior features and interior materials. This year, the CX-3 is easier to configure than ever, with all-wheel drive and the exterior color being the only choice buyers have to make.

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