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.
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.
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.