2016 Mazda CX-3

Buyer's Guide

NEW FOR 2016:

All-new model

Mazda's first entry in the fast-growing subcompact crossover segment is the sharp-looking CX-3. Based on the Mazda2 hatchback the company has decided not to bring here, this is the closest we'll get to a Mazda-badged car smaller than the compact Mazda3.

From an enthusiast point of view, all that's missing is a manual transmission: all CX-3 models get a six-speed automatic bolted to a 2.0L four-cylinder (shared with the Mazda3 and CX-5) that makes 146 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque.

Like other Mazda models, the CX-3 comes in GX, GS, and GT grades; the first two can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive, while the GT is AWD-only.

Standard kit in GX trim includes electric power steering, push-button start, keyless entry, hill launch assist, 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, auto-off halogen headlights, body-coloured side mirrors and outside door handles, variable-speed intermittent wipers, rear wiper/washer, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, six-speaker stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs, steering wheel-mounted controls for stereo, cruise and Bluetooth, seven-inch touchscreen with HMI commander, power windows, tilt-and-telescopic steering, trip computer, cloth seats, six-way driver and four-way front passenger manual seat adjustments, and 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

GS models add 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, heated side mirrors with turn signal repeaters, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, leather-trimmed steering wheel, shifter and parking brake, overhead console with sunglass holder, soft-touch dash panel with red stitching and satin chrome band, dark red vent bezels, piano black shifter surround, and satin chrome interior accents.

A GS Luxury package adds a sunroof and leatherette-trimmed seats.

Finally, the GT gets 18-inch wheels, sunroof, LED headlights with signature lighting, automatic climate control, seven-speaker Bose stereo, navigation, and leather/'Lux Suede' seats.

A GT Technology package adds satellite radio, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, smart city brake support, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam control.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Specifications

There are 5 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
From $20,695 MSRP
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
146 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
FWD 4dr GX $20,695 5 SUV
FWD 4dr GX 146 hp @6000 rpm 146 ft-lb @2800 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr GX 168.3" 69.6" 60.7" 101.2"
FWD 4dr GX
FWD 4dr GX Cloth Seats
FWD 4dr GX
FWD 4dr GX
AWD 4dr GX $22,695 5 SUV
AWD 4dr GX 146 hp @6000 rpm 146 ft-lb @2800 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr GX 168.3" 69.6" 60.7" 101.2"
AWD 4dr GX
AWD 4dr GX Cloth Seats
AWD 4dr GX
AWD 4dr GX
FWD 4dr GS $22,695 5 SUV
FWD 4dr GS 146 hp @6000 rpm 146 ft-lb @2800 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr GS 168.3" 69.6" 60.7" 101.2"
FWD 4dr GS
FWD 4dr GS N/A
FWD 4dr GS
FWD 4dr GS
AWD 4dr GS $24,695 5 SUV
AWD 4dr GS 146 hp @6000 rpm 146 ft-lb @2800 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr GS 168.3" 69.6" 60.7" 101.2"
AWD 4dr GS
AWD 4dr GS N/A
AWD 4dr GS
AWD 4dr GS
AWD 4dr GT $28,995 5 SUV
AWD 4dr GT 146 hp @6000 rpm 146 ft-lb @2800 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr GT 168.3" 69.6" 60.9" 101.2"
AWD 4dr GT
AWD 4dr GT N/A
AWD 4dr GT
AWD 4dr GT

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