With the update given to the 2018 Mazda CX-3, we have expected for the car to gain much more. But as things stand, we are looking at a model which will not change the face of the car so much. It is still a small crossover and it is cramped. The initial flaws have not been fixed, but still it keeps the car firmly fixed and steady in the market it competes in. The additions that were made for the car did not make it a whole lot better. But this still keeps the CX-3 among the top models in the segment and did not set it back at all.
Mazda added a few novelties to its vehicle. Some of the additions include a standard low-speed automated emergency braking. They also gave it the newly formed G-Vectoring Control system which helps immensely with corner stability. They also tweaked the suspension at the same time and it brought overall stability to the car. Cabin noise is reduce by a whole lot as they have worked on it thoroughly and managed to seal it up almost perfectly.
The Touring trims also received automatic headlamps, automatic climate control and rain-sensing windshield wipers which are now standard. The Grand Touring, on the other hand was updated with a full-color head-up display and a new i-Activsense safety package which was renamed to the Premium Package.
All in all, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 has many advantages to it. It is still a car which provides great driving ability and will be very fun to drive and it combines that with its great style. We also have to mention that it comes with class-leading fuel economy. But the downfall of the car includes its limited capacity. The cargo area is not so big and the rear seats feel cramped. Also, we feel that they could have done a better job for the infotainment and they might save the bigger chances for the next model.
Update: The newest 2018 Mazda CX-3 is going to remain a standout in the compact segment. If for nothing else then because of its driving capability. If you loved this car before you are going to love it now, because it has managed to get its driving and maneuvering chops as best as it could. The model is truly what you would call a zoom zoom car, if anybody calls it that way at all. You will still have to pack lightly, as the interiors spacing and cargo area are still not very boastful. If you want this car, it is because of the driving ability it has to offer you.
Our last review helped you learn all the initial though about this car, but now we have an updated and certain information have been renewed. We know that the 2018 Mazda CX-3 has the style, driving dynamics and the overall fuel economy on its side. But we also have to confess that it also does not offer so much space. Neither for the inside nor the cargo bay. We are also not happy with what we have with the infotainment. It is also viewed as a dwindling figure on the CX-3’s side. But if you really like and want this car, you have to understand that practicality is going to take a back seat this time as there are other things which we need to find as important here.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 Mazda CX-3?
The newest 2018 Mazda CX-3 is nearing its release date. We are very interested to see the car and finally drive it and we assume that a lot of people are as well. Fans of the brand who have been used to driving this model for years will surely appreciate the changes made. Even though not a whole lot has changed, it is still enough to attract even the slightest fan. All in all, the vehicle is going to be out by the end of the year or fresh for the start of the year. We are pitting our thoughts for early 2018 as the right release date and after that the vehicle goes on sales in all of its respective markets.
Update: There are more news about the release date for the 2018 Mazda CX-3. You will be excited to learn that the release date has been confirmed for March 2018. Perhaps it is not what most of you have hoped for to get, but it is great to learn that the model will still give us a fresh look by the time they promised to deliver it. If you’re ready to wait a little bit more, maybe you should consider 2019 Mazda CX-3 instead.
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Will 2018 Mazda CX-3 Price Increase?
This is where the bad news comes, as the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is going to come with a few extra bucks on its price tag. The thing is that the vehicle has changed, but has it changed so much to deserve this kind of a price increase. The question also remains, will the people feel that it is right to spend the given amount of money for the few changes that have been made. Well that still remains to be seen and only time will tell, and the sales statistics, when it is all over and said and done.
The base Sport versions stats with a base MSRP of $20,860, while the AWD version is going to cost you $22,110. The Touring trim is priced $22,860 while the Touring AWD costs $24,410. Finally, the top tier Grand Touring is worth $25,890 or $27,140 for the Grand Touring AWD.
2018 Mazda CX-3 Exterior Style
The exterior design of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is surely one of the biggest advantages that the car has. It is very much stylish. Thanks to the dimensions which the vehicle naturally possesses, the car looks very athletic. It is compact and short and has a planted stance and it all works great tighter. Mind you, the smallish dimesons may not do so well when it comes to practicality, but just by merely looking at the car you can see how nice it looks and how well everything is composed.
This is the main reason why the designers decided against changing the exterior of the car. They kept things mostly the same and decided that it is not good to change something that is not broken. It works very well together and gives us the sense of want for this car that not many people have. It compact demeanor is in this case its advantage and will continue to benefit the car on the long run as well.
What about the Inside of the 2018 Mazda CX-3?
If we look at the interior of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 from an aesthetic point of view, we see that it is a very well-designed car. It is actually impressive how well they have delved into details with this model. This is much more noticeable if you look at the higher trims and when you see how the Grand Touring has been designed. The upscale cabin is very much beneficial for the car and makes it even wholesome looking.
From a driving stand point, it helps you settle in better and adapt for the driving necessities. But if we decided to weigh the practicality of the car, this is where trouble comes afoot. The model is very small on the inside, particularly in the back. You cannot use it as a people hauler, that is for sure. It would be a tight squeeze for any of the passengers who want to drive in the back.
The interior will be mostly the same except a few features that have been added. All of the trims will get a more quitter cabin as some sound deadening features were made. Improved door seals, thicker window glass and added sound-deadening materials are all there to help.
Advanced models get advanced equipment and in this case it includes a revised head-up display with full-color graphics. The Premium Package also expands its offer and adds a heated steering wheel and a power-operated driver’s seat with beater support for your back.
Update: When it comes to the interior of the 2018 Mazda CX-3, there are not many changes to expect. The dimensions are not changed so the interior spacing is the same. You can expect better materials, which has already been confirmed, but the spacing and the crampness of the car will still be an issue.
What we are actually hoping to get is better infotainment, as the recent news have not been optimistic. But we can hope to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration sometime in the future. But the confirmation remains that this model is not going to have it. These features will probably appear after this one or on the next-gen version.
2018 Mazda CX-3 Engine Options
The engine of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is kept unchanged. They have decided against changing things too much and one of them was the engine and the transmission system. But in all fairness, they did not necessarily needed to change the engine.
The 2.0-liter inline-four engine is very suitable for the car and keeps things clear and fresh for it. The acceleration is still mediocre but it has a great throttle response, which kind of an evens things out. The power of the car is kept the same as the 2016 and 2017 versions with 146 hp and 146 lb-ft. The model is still using the 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode.
2018 Mazda CX-3 0-60 mph Acceleration and Top Speed
With the same kind of powertrain, the acceleration ability of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is still the same here. It is still on the slowish side but we will give it a passing grade as it is not as bad as some other models in the segment. Nevertheless, the CX-3 will manage an acceleration rating of 8.1 seconds to reach 0-60 mph while its top speed is 120 mph. It is still pretty much suitable for a compact car like the news 2018 CX-3 model is.
2018 Mazda CX-3 Fuel Economy
If you want a fuel efficient car, than the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is the car for you. It carries over unchanged as far as the engine and the transmission goes, which immediately means that it gets to keep its fuel economy as before.
This means that the CX-3 is still one of the more fuel saving cars in the market. And not only that, it continues to provide great fuel usage in both front wheel and all wheel forms. It consumes 27 mpg in the city and goes to 32 mpg when driving on the highway as the EPA scores have settled it.
Update: The recent results and fuel economy testing are out for the 2018 Mazda CX-3. It is actually really good and really hopeful as the model is going to get class-leading fuel economy which is something that has made this car one of the top selling cars in the segment. The stats are 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while the combined rating is 31 mpg. This still pits the CX-3 in front of the Honda HR-V and the Kia Soul models, which are the closest competition model when it comes to fuel economy ratings.
2018 Mazda CX-3 Size, Dimensions and Trunk Capacity
The dimensions of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 have also been carried over. The compact car has compact dimensions and it allows it to have the same kind of capacity as before. This is probably the part of the model which all would want to change. But it would of course mean changing the entire car all-together. The interior feels craped because of the lack of space and you can feel it particularly when you drive in the back.
The wheelbase is 101.2 inches long, while the whole length of the car goes to 168.3 inches. The width is 69.6 inches and the height is 60.7-60.9 inches. Inside the car, the passenger capacity is 87-88 cu ft which is not that great. The cargo bay is neither good, as it only allows for 10-12 cu ft of cargo space.
When it comes to safety for the 2018 Mazda CX-3, it represents the cherry on top. It will have the standard and overall great safety capacity and has pretty good crash testing scores. But the optional packages which are given with the advanced versions are not going to be available for the prime models. Added features include automated emergency braking as standard. We also have adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning and a rear-cross traffic monitor.
Update: The newest 2018 Mazda CX-3 has been announced with great safety features. It will continue to offer a great retrospective of safety features as the last time. We already know that the novelty here is the automated emergency breaking system. But in the standard models, this system will only be able to work if the speed is 19 mph and below, so generally it only functions in low speeds. When it comes to the Premium Package, which is available only for higher trims like the Grand Touring, it’s completely different. The system is upgraded there and works better. So you should have this in mind and maybe not get excited as much about this system if you were thinking of going for the base version.
This is going to be one likeable car and many are going to disregard the fact about its functionality and get it either way. If you want to learn all of our thoughts about this car, you should read the review which is seen below. It will help you get a larger perspective about the car which you can combine with the latest news that we report above.