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Mazda has the SUV market covered quite well, from top to bottom. It starts with the mid-size CX-9, the compact CX-5 and trickling to the subcompact 2019 CX-3. Under its hood is a 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder engine developing 146 horsepower (bump of 2 from previous) @ 6000 rpm and 146 pounds-feet of torque @ 2800 rpm while coupled to a 6-speed auto gearbox. Our front-wheel drive version (all wheel is available) was equipped with the direct-injection Skyactiv, which uses a torque boost via a high compression ratio to increase fuel economy.
For 2019, Mazda has incorporated some noticeable modifications to the CX-3 such as a new seven-fin wing grille design, chrome accents and LED tail lamps. The cabin gets a standard all-new electronic parking brake, rear center armrest with cup holders, suede-like inserts, red air vent surrounds and pleated piping on leather seats (in the Grand Touring trim). The center console and armrests undergo a makeover too. Other goodies include auto a/c, 60/40 fold rear seat, 7-inch instrument display with command control, trip computer and a tilt/telescopic steering column, 6-way manual driver seat, push-button start and power moon roof.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, dynamic stability and traction controls, four-wheel antilock brakes, hill launch assist, side-impact door beams, rearview camera, three-point safety belts for all, blind spot/rear-cross traffic alert and tire pressure monitoring systems and daytime running lights come at no extra cost.
As the subcompact crossover SUV market grows with the Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro, Jeep Renegade and the all-new Nissan Kicks, the rivalry will become even intense. The Mazda CX-3 can definitely hold its own, thanks to a good-sized cabin for people- and cargo-hauling capabilities, and great value for the money.

CX-3 (GT, FWD)
Tires: 215/50R18
Wheelbase: 101.2 inches
Length: 168.3 inches
Weight: 2,809 pounds
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, torsion beam rear
Steering: variable-assist power
Fuel capacity: 12.7 gallons
City: 29 mpg
Highway: 34 mpg
Base price: $25,745
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