The Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover is a great choice for those wanting to take a gentle step into the SUV arena, without sacrificing the sharp responses, lighter weight, and efficiency of a hatchback or small sedan. Available in three trim levels, the CX-3 range comprises the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All are powered by a 2.0-liter four-pot with peak outputs of 148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel-drive are standard, with all-wheel-drive being optional.
The Sport is far from basic. It gets 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, cloth upholstery, and a seven-inch touch screen as standard. Safety gear has been improved for 2019, with this variant getting blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera. The mid-range Touring rides on 18-inch wheels and also has auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and body-color power side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Upgrades over the Sport include cloth/leatherette combination seat upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and automatic climate control. Headlining the range is the Grand Touring. Before getting inside, the upgrades are noticeable, with a power moonroof and LED lighting adding even more appeal to the attractive CX-3 shape. Leather upholstery, a seven-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, and an active driving display are all standard inclusions.