2021 Mazda CX-3

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2021 Mazda CX-3
2021 Mazda CX-3

Key specs

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The good:

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

The bad:

  • Small backseat
  • Small cargo area
  • Modest ground clearance
  • Multimedia system interface

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Notable features

  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Adaptive cruise control standard

2021 Mazda CX-3 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact SUV that seats five. It’s powered by a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available. Competitors include the Fiat 500X, Ford EcoSport and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

What’s New on the 2021 Mazda CX-3?

The CX-3’s standard automatic emergency braking system adds nighttime pedestrian detection. 

What Features in the 2021 Mazda CX-3 Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • 7-inch multimedia screen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity
  • Automatic climate control
  • Push-button start
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability

Should I Buy the 2021 Mazda CX-3?

If you’re looking for a feature-packed, affordable subcompact SUV with better-than-average interior quality, the CX-3 is worth a look. Its backseat, however, is especially small, and its multimedia interface isn’t great to use.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Served us well

I recently traded this car in ONLY because we wanted more interior space. It served its purpose wonderfully for the 3 &1/2 years we owned it. It handled like a dream and was super easy to park and get around town. I cannot stress it enough that the ONLY reason we traded it in was to get more interior space mostly for cargo.


New NMazda CX -3

So far I love it . I just bought it. Compared to other cars I looked it , this was the best for my budget. Really nice interior, includes many safety features

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New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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