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Mazda CX-3 2021

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 range of configurations is currently priced from $22,710. Our most recent review of the 2021 Mazda CX-3 resulted in a score of 8 out of 10 for that particular example.

Carsguide Byron Mathioudakis had this to say at the time: Confession time. The prospect of having to revisit the CX-3 again seemed pointless and even boring, after six years of regular testing and retesting and 12 months of driving fresher and more exciting rivals, from the Kia Stonic to the fabulous Ford Puma.

You can read the full review here.

This is what Byron Mathioudakis liked most about this particular version of the Mazda CX-3: Great to drive, especially out on the open road, True compact SUV packaging, Comfy and refined cabin presentation

The Mazda CX-3 2021 comes in a SUV and Wagon and competes with similar models like the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Nissan Juke in the Under $25k category category.

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1200 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Mazda CX-3 2021 Price and Specs

The Mazda CX-3 2021 is currently available from $22,710 for the CX-3 NEO Sport (fwd) up to $38,690 for the CX-3 Akari LE (awd).

Pricing guides

$30,700
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
Lowest Price
$22,710
Highest Price
$38,690
Mazda CX-3 Model Body Type Specs Price
Akari (AWD) SUV 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO $37,950
Akari (FWD) SUV 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO $35,950
Akari (FWD) SUV 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN $33,950
Akari LE (awd) SUV 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO $38,450
Akari (AWD) Wagon 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO $38,190
Akari (FWD) Wagon 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO $36,190
Akari (FWD) Wagon 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN $34,190
Akari 100TH Anniversary (fwd) Wagon 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO $37,690
See All Mazda CX-3 2021 Pricing and Specs

Mazda CX-3 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2021 Mazda CX-3 are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1765mm x 1535mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Mazda CX-3 2021 Dimensions  include 1535mm height, 1765mm width, 4275mm length.
Mazda CX-3 Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
NEO Sport (fwd) SUV 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
Maxx Sport (fwd) SUV 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
Maxx Sport (awd) SUV 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
S Touring (fwd) SUV 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
NEO Sport (fwd) Wagon 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
Maxx Sport (fwd) Wagon 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
Maxx Sport LE (fwd) Wagon 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
Maxx Sport (awd) Wagon 1535x1765x4275 mm 160 mm
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Mazda CX-3 2021 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 2021 Boot Space

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

Mazda CX-3 2021 Boot space Mazda CX-3 2021 Boot space

Mazda CX-3 2021 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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Disclaimer: You acknowledge and agree that all answers are provided as a general guide only and should not be relied upon as bespoke advice. Carsguide is not liable for the accuracy of any information provided in the answers.

Mazda CX-3 2021 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2021 Mazda CX-3 is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Mazda CX-3 currently offers fuel consumption from 6.3 to 6.7L/100km. The Mazda CX-3 is available with the following fuel type: ULP.

Mazda CX-3 Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
Akari (awd) SUV 2.0L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 6.7L/100km
Akari (fwd) SUV 2.0L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 6.3L/100km
Akari (awd) Wagon 2.0L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 6.7L/100km
Akari (fwd) Wagon 2.0L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 6.3L/100km
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda CX-3 2021 Pricing and Specs

Mazda CX-3 2021 Towing capacity

The Mazda CX-3 has maximum towing capacity of 1200kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Mazda CX-3 Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
NEO Sport (fwd) SUV 2.0L,ULP,6 SP MAN 1200kg
Maxx Sport (fwd) SUV 2.0L,ULP,6 SP MAN 1200kg
NEO Sport (fwd) SUV 2.0L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 1200kg
Maxx Sport (fwd) SUV 2.0L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 1200kg
NEO Sport (fwd) Wagon 2.0L,ULP,6 SP MAN 1200kg
Maxx Sport (fwd) Wagon 2.0L,ULP,6 SP MAN 1200kg
NEO Sport (fwd) Wagon 2.0L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 1200kg
Maxx Sport (fwd) Wagon 2.0L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 1200kg
See All Mazda CX-3 2021 Towing Capacity

Mazda CX-3 2021 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2021 Mazda CX-3 will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.

Mazda CX-3 Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
NEO Sport (fwd) SUV 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
Maxx Sport (fwd) SUV 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
Maxx Sport (awd) SUV 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
S Touring (fwd) SUV 215x50 R18 215x50 R18
NEO Sport (fwd) Wagon 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
Maxx Sport (fwd) Wagon 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
Maxx Sport LE (fwd) Wagon 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
Maxx Sport (awd) Wagon 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
See All Mazda CX-3 2021 Wheel Sizes

Mazda CX-3 2021 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 2021 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.