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2018 Mazda CX-3

2018 Mazda CX-3

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$14,088 — $21,424 USED
5 Seats
29-31 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • Attention to detail, inside and out
  • Ground-hugging stance

The Bad

  • Small backseat
  • Small cargo area
  • Modest ground clearance
2018 Mazda CX-3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Mazda CX-3
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking now standard
  • New suspension, transmission and steering tuning
  • Heated steering wheel now available
  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Mazda Connect multimedia system standard

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2018 Mazda CX-3 Review

from the expert editorial team

What it is: The five-seat Mazda CX-3 subcompact SUV competes with bite-sized SUVs such as the Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V. The CX-3's footprint is considerably smaller than the Mazda CX-5 compact SUV; it looks more like a small hatchback than an SUV.

New for 2018

Smart City Brake Support, a low-speed automatic emergency braking system, is now standard. A power driver's seat with a memory feature and a heated steering wheel are now available. Other changes include a retuned suspension, transmission and steering, as well as more sound insulation and thicker rear windows.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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by Bob Jackson from Huntingdon on September 2, 2019

I'm enjoying the car. The only difficulty that I've encountered is that I can't get XM satellite radio started in my car since the trial subscription had long expired by the time I purchased the car. Read full review


Worst car I have ever owned

by Debi62 from New Durham nh on June 28, 2019

I have owned many different makes of vehicles, this is hands down the most poorly designed vehicle ever the control buttons are on the floor so sand and dirt gets in the cracks and jams all the ... Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2018 Mazda CX-3 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings


New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CX-3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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