Are you on the hunt for a stylish, fun-to-drive, and feature-rich subcompact crossover? We highly recommend the 2019 Mazda CX-3, with its athletic design, sporty handling, comfortable and refined interior, and high-level safety. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 received some pleasing upgrades for the 2019 model-year. We highlight these changes in this 2019 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Mazda CX-3 comparison.
The Mazda CX-3 — which was one of the finalists for the World Car Design of Year award when it made its debut several years ago, gets some pleasing styling updates for the 2019 model-year, with a heightened level of quality and elegance. A new front grille gives the CX-3 a more sophisticated look, while chrome accents have been added at the front and sides of the vehicle. The CX-3 features new cylindrical LED taillights, as well as new 18-inch wheels. Buyers of the CX-3 have a new premium paint color choice: the vibrant Soul Crystal Red.
The interior of the CX-3 has some pleasing changes as well, with a liberal use of high-quality materials and greater refinement. One of the biggest changes for the 2019 CX-3 is the switch to an electric parking brake, which freed up space in the center console, with increased storage and an integrated armrest. In the rear seats, there is now a center armrest with built-in cup holders. Also, the 2019 CX-3 has better sound insulation materials, resulting in a quieter ride.
On the performance front, Mazda tweaked the SKYACTIV®-G 2.0-liter engine in the 2019 CX-3, resulting in a slight boost in performance and efficiency, with an output of 148 horsepower, compared to 146 horsepower for the outgoing model. Both the 2019 and 2018 CX-3 models come standard with the SKYACTIV®-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission while offering the choice of either front-wheel drive or the available i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive® system.