2022 Mazda CX-3: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - November 12, 2020

Model Preview

The 2022 Mazda CX-3 is expected to be a carryover model. With a few new features, including night-time pedestrian detection and improved automatic LED headlights last year, it’s possible to see the 2022 CX-3 enter the new model year with a few new features. Since Mazda came out with the all-new CX-30 in 2020, we don’t expect the CX-3 to receive any major changes for 2022, but could arrive with a redesign in 2023.

Visually, the 2022 CX-3 will continue to feature a sporty silhouette that’s further highlighted by its tiny size. The SUV’s shield-like grille that features chrome exterior trim and black horizontal bars, sharp headlights, and raised hood blend sporty elements with upscale ones. Along the sides, the CX-3 has black bodyside molding, highlighting its SUV character, a high shoulder line that swoops up as it reaches the back, and a curvy roofline. The details give the CX-3 one of the sportier silhouettes in the class. A rear spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, and triangular taillights further help the CX-3’s case for being the sportiest SUV in the segment.

The interior takes a more upscale approach to stand out, and the design should carry into the 2022 model year. The SUV has a simple design with clean lines on the dashboard, circular air vents, and circular controls for the HVAC system. In addition to the upscale design, the CX-3 will continue to come with high-end materials that include textured plastics, chrome trim pieces, and first-rate cloth upholstery. On the tech front, the SUV will have a 7-inch touchscreen that can also be controlled via a rotary-knob controller on the center console.

Mazda CX-3

Powertrains should remain the same for the 2022 CX-3. Power for the current SUV will come from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and helps put power down through the front wheel as standard, with all-wheel drive being available as an option. The current CX-3 is rated by the EPA to get up to 31 mpg combined with front-wheel drive.

Safety wise, the current CX-3 comes with a variety of standard features, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, automatic high-beam assist, a head-up display, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection. The extensive list of features should remain the same for the 2022 model. Rear parking sensors are the only available safety feature for the CX-3.

Pricing & Release Date

Mazda hasn’t provided any information on when the 2022 CX-3 will be introduced. Based on past years, the subcompact SUV could arrive fall 2021.

Pricing information will arrive closer to the 2022 CX-3’s on-sale date, but things shouldn't stray that far away from the current model’s. The sole Sport trim starts at $21,740 including destination.

The subcompact CX-3 competes with the Kia Soul, Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V, and Nissan Kicks.

Learn more about the current CX-3 on sale now »

Pictured: 2021 Mazda CX-3

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