Since the day it was introduced, the Mazda CX-3 has been fun to drive, eye-catching and versatile. Now, the freshly revised 2018 CX-3 still comes at an easy price and gets great gas mileage, but features even greater refinements, superior driving dynamics and with a long list of available options… an even greater value.
All CX-3’s come in a 5-door configuration; four passenger doors and one large liftgate door in the rear. Canadian CX-3’s all come standard with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine, paired with either a SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission or the SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed auto. Front-wheel drive is standard, but Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV All-wheel Drive is also available on every trim level.
i-ACTIV All-wheel Drive constantly analyzes information gathered from 27 different sensors that help it predict road conditions. Faster than you can blink, it seamlessly chooses where to send power to maintain traction without unsettling feedback. Just get in and enjoy the ride.
New for 2018:
Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) uses engine, steering and throttle inputs to reduce engine torque, sharpening steering response and reducing driver fatigue. A revised chassis and steering offer superior handling, greater comfort and improved sound suppression (NVH). Mazda claims significant improvements in the CX-3’s “already class-leading chassis dynamics.” Thicker glass and improved door seals also add to the CX-3’s refinements.
Now standard for 2018 is Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support which can automatically apply the brakes in emergency situations below 30 km/h (19 mph)
There are three trim levels to choose from in Canada, each with several upgrades and convenience packages available that allow you to tailor a CX-3 to your specific needs and tastes.
This is the only trim level with an available manual transmission. GXs start at only $19, 995 for a manual transmission model and top out at $23,295 for AWD with a six-speed automatic transmission.
GS, GS LUXURY, GS LUXURY w. i-ACTIVSENSE
GS models start at $22,695 for an automatic two-wheel drive and up to the GS LUXURY i-ACTIVSENSE package listing at $27, 795.
The LUXURY Package is a $1,500 upgrade and requires i-ACTIV AWD. It includes leatherette upholstery, power glass moonroof with interior sunshade, tilt-up ventilation and the “one-touch” open feature.
The i-ACTIVSENSE Package is a $ 1,600 upgrade and is only available on models with i-ACTIV AWD and Luxury Packages. It includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Smart Brake Support (SBS), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), High Beam Control System (HBC), LED headlights with auto-levelling, Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), LED rear combination lights with signature lighting, and colour Active Driving Display (ADD).
GT, GT w. TECHNOLOGY
The top of the line GT models start at 27,995 for front-wheel-drive and for the loaded GT TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE just breaks the 30K mark for a list of 30,995.
The TECHNOLOGY Package is a $1,000 upgrade and includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Smart Brake Support (SBS), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), High Beam Control System (HBC), Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR), and SiriusXMTM satellite radio.
So, if compact, efficient fun and surprising versatility in an attractive package are what you’re looking for, then stop in and drive a 2018 CX-3. Chances are, it’ll put a smile on your face.