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2018 Mazda CX-3

$20,110 — $26,415 MSRP
SUV
5 Seats
29-31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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

Our Take

from the Cars.com 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

4.7
27 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Fabulous car in all respects !

by MAZDA FAN from San Juan Capistrano on September 28, 2018

This car gets phenomenal gas mileage, is comfortable and roomy and has great styling. I am so happy to own it. The Crossover is perfect for me and my dog:) Read full review

(4.0)

Somewhat dissapointed

by Onthego from Monroe, CT on September 18, 2018

Was looking for a small SUV for my wife . In most respects we are happy with our choice. One big disappointment is the lack of a power front seat for the driver. We purchased the top of the line model ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Mazda CX-3 Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

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

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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