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2020 Mazda CX-3 Could Be On A Collision Course With CX-30

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Internal competition is never good.

Mazda is making some changes to its 2020 model year crossover lineup not with the introduction of the new CX-30 and updated pricing. Cars Direct has viewed an early order guide for the 2020 Mazda CX-3 and it appears the subcompact crossover will be available in one trim only. Touring and Grand Touring trims will soon be gone, leaving Sport as the sole trim option. As a result, the CX-3 is set to receive more standard equipment.

For 2020, the CX-3 will have a starting price of $21,685 including destination. The 2020 Mazda CX-30, however, begins at $22,945. With only a $1,260 difference between them, you gotta wonder whether the CX-3 has a long-term future. Could Mazda slowly be phasing it out? We've reached out to Mazda seeking comment and we'll hopefully receive an update soon.

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In the meantime, Mazda is making the CX-3 Sport a better value than last year by making driver assistance features from the i-ACTIVESENSE package standard. These include full-speed automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, among others. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will both be standard, unlike in 2019 when a CX-3 equipped with those features started off at least $22,535 – only $410 less than the CX-30.

With such a small price difference, CX-3 buyers would probably opt for the CX-30 instead. Not only is it bigger than the CX-3, but it's also more powerful and has a nicer interior design.

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Slotted in between the CX-3 and CX-5, the CX-30, could potentially one day replace the former outright. Then again, the 2020 Mazda CX-3 is now positioned better again the likes of the Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V because neither one offers similar standard features on their lowest trims. In other words, the now one trim only 2020 Mazda CX-3 could be the better value against its two chief rivals.

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