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Mazda CX-3 Pricing and Specs


Mazda CX-3
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CarsGuide has published 34 expert reviews of the Mazda CX-3. It has an average rating of 7.5 out of 10. Read all the reviews here.

The Mazda CX-3 is available from $26,950 to $38,770 for the 2024 range of models in SUV body types.

It might have a number three in its title, but Mazda’s pint-sized CX-3 small SUV is actually based on the brand’s smaller Mazda 2. It rode a wave of popularity surrounding city-sized SUVs and crossovers when it exploded onto the Australian marketplace in 2015, lauded for its stylish looks and keen entry-level pricing. Like most in its segment, it's an SUV aimed more at urban couples and one-child families, as both backseat space and boot room are too small to handle a bigger family’s requirements. It’s a front- or all-wheel drive offering, and is available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines.

Current prices range from $26,950 to $38,770 for the G20 Sport and G20 Akari, respectively.​

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Should I buy a Mazda CX-3 or Kona Elite from 2020?

Early this year, Hyundai issued a recall for some Konas built between 2020 and 2022 to deal with problems with the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which could cause a loss of drive and, therefore, a dangerous situation on the road. So the first check would be to see if your car you're looking at is affected by that recall (a Hyundai dealer will be able to tell you by looking up the car's VIN). If the car is one of the affected ones but the recall's fixes have been applied, then you have less to worry about.

The Kona's engine problems, meanwhile, were another cause for a safety recall after it was discovered that a batch of Konas had defective piston rings which could cause early engine wear and possibly even a fire. Again, these problems were being fixed by Hyundai, but you need to check whether the example you're looking at buying was one of the affected ones and what's been done about it by the previous owner.

The Mazda CX-3 of the same era has not been without its recalls either, including one for a suspension joint that could fail, but overall, the experience of owners suggests the Mazda could be the less risky bet. Again, though, check the service and recall history of any car before handing over the money.

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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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* Price is the median price of 144 listings for the CX-3 for sale in the last 6 months. The Price excludes costs such as stamp duty, other government charges and options.

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