Enthusiasts, your sub-compact crossover is coming.
The current Mazda CX-3 is one of our favorite vehicles in the subcompact crossover segment. Mazda recently refreshed the CX-3 for 2019 with new standard and available safety features, and some other nice changes. We like the CX-3 for its stylish looks and sporty driving characteristics, but those sporty driving characteristics may not be to everyone's liking. Though we as enthusiasts like a bit of sporty handling, many consumers feel the CX-3 is a bit uncomfortable. This may change with the next generation according to Go Auto.
The next-generation CX-3 is set to arrive as soon as 2020, bringing with it some notable changes over the current model. For starters, the current model isn't exactly the biggest in its class, so the new one will be based on an entirely different platform. The current CX-3 rides on the same platform as the Mazda2, but the new generation will be based on the upcoming Mazda3's platform, which is set to debut at this year's LA Auto Show. This will help the CX-3 compete with larger competitors like the Toyota C-HR and Hyundai Kona.
Along with the platform change, the CX-3 will likely receive the new SkyActivX engine paired to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Other changes will likely include new, more comfortable seats, increased trunk space, and a softer ride.
The CX-3 currently uses a multi-link rear suspension, which has received criticism for being too bouncy. "The (new) torsion beam axle is much better than the multi-link suspension in terms of road noise, so we selected that in reducing road noise for customers," Mazda Motor Company director, Kiyoshi Fujiwara said, "Because we got a lot of complaints from the media." Though it will likely be less sporty with these changes, the CX-3 should be far more competitive in the next generation.