Buyers looking for a subcompact crossover that provides exceptional handling, sharp and responsive steering, and refined styling will want to check out the 2020 Mazda CX-3. Drivers will enjoy the CX-3’s seating position, which is higher than its Mazda3 hatchback stablemate. The Henderson area Mazda dealers tell us that customers fall in love with the CX-3’s eye-catching exterior appearance, as well as its sophisticated cabin. As you would expect with a Mazda model, the CX-3 is very fuel-efficient. Perhaps most importantly, the 2020 CX-3 is fun to drive.
The 2020 Mazda CX-3 seats five and is offered in one trim level, known as Sport. According to the Mazda dealer near Henderson, the CX-3 is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Car and Driver tested the 2020 Mazda CX-3 and found it was able to get from zero to 60 mph 8.1 seconds.
When it comes to fuel economy, the CX-3 is among the top models in its class, with an EPA-estimated rating of 29/34 mpg with front-wheel drive.* With all-wheel drive, the CX-3 returns 27/32 mpg.
The automotive media gives the 2020 Mazda CX-3 high marks. Motor Trend wrote: “[T]he Mazda CX-3 serves as the automaker’s entry-level crossover. Like the rest of the vehicles in Mazda’s lineup, the CX-3 features engaging driving dynamics and is one of the most fun to drive entries in the growing subcompact crossover class.”
Features that come standard include push-button start, keyless entry, automatic climate control, power windows and locks, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a head-up display, automated emergency braking, a rearview camera, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, a USB port, voice commands and Bluetooth. The standard Mazda Connect infotainment system features a 7-inch touchscreen.
The CX-3’s exquisite interior looks and feels as if it belongs in a vehicle that costs a lot more. The cabin features soft leather touches, chrome detailing and textured plastic. Three big rotary knobs on the dash make the climate control system easy to use. Drivers can operate the infotainment system using a rotary knob controller, making it unnecessary to reach forward to use it. It’s easy to access information like speed and navigation while keeping eyes on the road, thanks to the CX-3’s head-up display.
Anyone looking for a new family vehicle wants to make sure it’s safe. Buyers considering the 2020 Mazda CX-3 will be glad to learn that it’s a very safe SUV. The NHTSA gave the 2020 CX-3 its top score of five stars for overall safety. The 2020 Mazda CX-3 received the highest rating of Good in all IIHIS crash tests. The agency also named the CX-3 a Top Safety Pick.