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Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3 small SUV was an instant hit for the Japanese company when it launched in 2015, and helped to reshape the passenger car landscape with its overt styling and compact dimensions.

Based on the small Mazda2 hatch, the five-door CX-3 is offered in front-wheel or all-wheel drive versions, with diesel or petrol engines, and in levels of specification ranging from bargain basement to quasi-luxury. The CX-3 NEO Sport (fwd) starts at $22,710 up to $38,690 for CX-3 Akari LE (awd).

Its rivals are as varied as the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Mitsubishi ASX, but it beat all comers in its first full year on sale, and will continue to perform strongly in a highly competitive space.

Mazda CX-3 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda CX-3 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $22,710 and going to $38,690 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $22,710 $38,450
2021 Wagon 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $22,890 $38,690
2020 Wagon 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $16,700 $41,250
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $15,300 $38,390
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $12,200 $34,650
2017 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $10,800 $28,710
See All Mazda CX-3 Pricing and Specs

Mazda CX-3 Colours

Mazda charges $495 extra for Machine Grey, Polymer Grey and Soul Red Crystal metallic paint, leaving the Deep Crystal Blue, Eternal Blue, Jet Black and Snowflake White micas, as well as Ceramic Metallic, as no-cost colour choices.

  • Polymer Grey
  • Ceramic Metallic
  • Soul Red Crystal
  • Machine Grey
  • Eternal Blue
  • Deep Crystal Blue
  • Jet Black
  • Snowflake White micas
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Mazda CX-3 Interior

The CX-3 is a truly compact crossover, and very literally a Mazda2 on stilts. 

The world of difference separating the two lies in the fact that it’s taller so no hassle at all to get in and out of, with loftier seating that also makes it easier to see out of.

Once ensconced on firm but supportive front seats, the CX-3’s smallness is palpable, but it isn’t cramped, even for this tester’s 200cm-tall partner up front. That has to do with the wide range of adjustability and a decent level of available space. Result? The driving position is excellent.

The dash architecture is also shared with the Mazda2, down to the oddly deco-style central speedo flanked by the world’s tiniest tacho to the left and a trip computer/fuel-gauge info to the right. The controls have a quality, well-oiled feel to them, the stylised turbine air vents are reminiscent of the old-shape Audi A1's  (no bad thing) and 2018's upgraded centre console feels premium.

Rear-seat entry/egress is unexpectedly easy due to doors that open almost 80 degrees; the seats are a little short in length for longer thighs but well-padded, nicely angled and promote a natural posture, so are comfy; and there are overhead grab handles with coat hooks, a single map pocket and a small bottle receptacle. Your 178cm tester can sit behind themselves with lots of shoe room and enough knee and head clearance too.

Further back, the boot is as you’d expect – deep and wide but fairly short due to the stubby rear. The loading lip is a little high, but there’s a very useable amount of space, with a space-saver spare wheel living beneath the floor. Speaking of which, there are two of those – one that offers extra protection from prying eyes. Cargo capacity is rated at a reasonable 264 litres, or 1174L with the 60/40 rear backrests folded.

Bad points include poor side and rear vision, but otherwise the CX-3’s cabin has weathered the years almost as well as the sporty dynamics. Particularly at its price point.

Mazda CX-3 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda CX-3 Wagon and SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Wagon 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
2021 SUV 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
2020 SUV 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
2020 Wagon 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
2019 SUV 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
2018 SUV 1550x1765x4275 mm 155 mm
2017 SUV 1550x1765x4275 mm 155 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda CX-3 Dimensions

Mazda CX-3 Accessories

The Neo Sport comes with heaps of standard items, like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a reverse camera, 7.0-inch centre touchscreen with Apple Car Play/Android Auto connectivity as part of Mazda’s MZD Connect multimedia system, centre console bin/armrest, electric park brake with hill-hold function, electric folding mirrors and digital radio, among other items. 

This is on top of six airbags, engine stop/start, rear parking sensors, cruise control, air-conditioning, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming capability, internet radio integration, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and two USB ports. Steel wheels ride on 215/60R16 tyres, with a space-saver spare wheel.

Mazda CX-3 Boot Space

Cargo capacity is rated at a fairly meagre 264 litres, or 1174L with the 60/40 rear backrests folded.

Mazda CX-3 Boot space Mazda CX-3 Boot space

Mazda CX-3 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda CX-3 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What are the pros and cons of a 2018 MG ZS?

    ZS pros include cheap pricing, an easy driving experience and a comparatively spacious interior compared to other direct rivals like a Mazda CX-3. The dash is pleasant, there is a decent amount of equipment and the controls are all simple to use. It should also be fairly inexpensive to run and service, though earlier ZSs like yours require six-monthly rather than 12-monthly service intervals.

    There are two engine options - a 1.5-litre four-cylinder model with a four-speed auto on the base Excite, or a 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder version on higher-specification Excite Plus and Essence grades with a six-speed auto. Note that the latter powertrain is more expensive to service.

    Plus, there's still a fair chunk of the manufacturer's warranty left, which is seven years, while capped-price servicing is also offered.

    But the ZS does not offer AEB Autonomous Emergency Braking, so only rates a four-star ANCAP crash-test rating.

    Additionally, the ZS's suspension is on the firm side in terms of dealing with road bumps, which might upset some occupants, yet there is not much of the 'fun factor' in regards to steering and handling finesse that rivals like the CX-3, Suzuki Vitara, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Venue, Holden Trax, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona offer in spades.

    We've also heard complaints about the interior's perceived quality being sub-par, cabin storage isn't generous and Android Auto isn't supported (though Apple CarPlay is).

    Finally, the ZS' resale value trails all of the aforementioned competitors by a significant margin, meaning it's on track to be worth less when the time comes to on-sell it.

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  • Which SUV should I buy?

    I can’t give you a specific answer to which has the lowest cabin noise, except to say that all the leading brands are relatively quiet. I would suggest you test drive each and decide which suits your needs the best.

     

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  • Mazda CX-3: Is it a good family car?

    Without knowing what you mean by casual weekend drives, I will assume they’re not off-road, so either one would be a good choice.

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  • Mazda CX-3 2015: How reliable is it?

    There’s nothing that should be of concern to you, the Mazda diesel is quite reliable.

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Mazda CX-3 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda CX-3 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.6L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 6.6L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Wagon 6.6L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 SUV 5.1L/100km 1.8L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 6.6L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Wagon 6.6L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 5.1L/100km 1.8L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 6.6L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 4.8L/100km 1.5L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 6.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 4.8L/100km 1.5L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 6.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda CX-3 Pricing and Specs for 2021

Mazda CX-3 Towing Capacity

The Mazda CX-3 has maximum towing capacity of 1200kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 1200kg 1200kg
2021 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
2020 SUV 800kg 1200kg
2020 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
2019 SUV 800kg 1200kg
2018 SUV 800kg 1200kg
2017 SUV 800kg 1200kg
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Mazda CX-3 Wheel Size

The Mazda CX-3 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 215x60 R16 for SUV in 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
2021 Wagon 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
2020 SUV 215x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2020 Wagon 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
2019 SUV 215x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 SUV 215x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 SUV 215x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda CX-3 Wheel Sizes

Mazda CX-3 Speed

Mazda Australia does not publish a 0-100km/h time, but previous tests have revealed that the Neo Sport can reach that figure in about 9.2 seconds.

Mazda CX-3 Seats

A world of difference separates the CX-3 and its Mazda2 cousin, and that's immediately obvious in the fact that the former is substantially taller, so no hassle at all to get in and out of, with loftier seating that also makes it easier to see out of.

Once ensconced on firm but supportive front seats, the CX-3’s smallness is palpable, but it isn’t cramped, even for this tester’s 200cm-tall partner up front. That has to do with the wide range of seat height and slide adjustability, range of tilt and telescopic steering movement and a decent level of available space. Result? The driving position is excellent.

The CX-3’s rear still holds up today. Entry/egress is unexpectedly easy due to doors that open almost 80 degrees; the seats are a little short in length for longer thighs but well-padded, nicely angled and promote a natural posture, so are comfy.

However, while the 60/40 backrest splits and fold individually, they do not recline as in some other SUVs, while the base is fixed, so doesn't slide to increase rear-seat legroom.