The 2020 Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact crossover that blends refined styling with exceptional driving dynamics. This small SUV has a higher seating position than the Mazda3 hatchback it’s based on. Buyers at the Seaside area Mazda dealerships can look forward to a luxurious cabin. Like all Mazda models, the CX-3 returns outstanding fuel economy. Anyone looking for a subcompact SUV that looks great, is fun to drive, and costs less than most competitors should take a good look at the 2020 Mazda CX-3.
The 2020 CX-3 seats five and is offered in one trim level, called Sport. According to the Mazda dealership near Seaside, the CX-3 employs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque, matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-3 gets standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. According to Car and Driver, the 2020 Mazda CX-3 was able to get to 60 mph from a standstill in just 8.1 seconds.
Fuel economy is near the top of the class, with the CX-3 checking in with an EPA-estimated 29 mpg city/34 mpg highway for models with front-wheel drive.* All-wheel-drive models return 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway.
The automotive media gives the 2020 Mazda3 high marks. MotorTrend wrote: “The Mazda CX-3 is great to drive, offering excellent ride and handling, precise steering, and great body control. In a 2019 First Test, we said that the six-speed automatic does a good job eking the most out of the 148-hp engine, which prevents it from feeling underpowered. The interior is well built and feels more expensive than its sticker price...”
Standard features include automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, keyless entry, push-button start, power windows and locks, cruise control, automated emergency braking, a head-up display, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. Other standard features include the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, voice commands, a rearview camera, a Bluetooth and USB port.
The driver and passengers will love riding in the stunningly detailed interior, which feels very upscale. The cabin features chrome detailing, textured plastic and soft leather. The climate control system is very user-friendly, thanks to three rotary knobs on the dashboard. The standard 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system uses a rotary knob controller, eliminating the need for the driver to reach forward while driving to operate the system. The CX-30’s head-up display provides speed and navigation information while allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
Safety is essential to anyone looking to buy a new vehicle. CX-3 buyers will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that it’s a safe SUV. The IIHS gave the 2020 Mazda CX-3 its highest score of Good in all IIHIS crash tests. The organization also named the CX-3 a Top Safety Pick+. The 2020 Mazda CX-3 received the it’s the top rating of five stars for overall safety by the NHTSA.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.