2018 Mazda CX-3 Adds New Standard Features, Increases Price by $190

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is on sale now in select regions and will be on sale nationwide in September.

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 Sport will start from $21,050 including destination, an increase over last year’s $20,860 starting price. Newly standard for all trim levels is Smart City Brake Support, which can automatically apply the brakes in emergency situations below 19 mph. The crossover also features the Japanese automaker’s G-Vectoring Control, a technology that uses the engine with steering and throttle inputs to reduce engine torque, putting more weight on the front wheels and making the steering feel more linear and direct.

Other improvements to the 2018 model year include revised suspension bushings, new front lower control arms, recalibrated dampers, new engine mounts, improved door seals, thicker rear glass, and sound suppression mats added underneath the floor and dash. Under the hood of all models is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The entry-level model comes with standard cloth seats, power windows, power remote door locks, power mirrors, two USB ports, backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio pairing, and Mazda Connect, which features a standard seven-inch full-color display.

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The mid-level CX-3 Touring is priced from $23,135 and adds 18-inch wheels, leatherette and Lux Suede upholstery, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, heated front seats and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. New standard features for the CX-3 Touring include auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and automatic climate control.

The Touring model also has an available Preferred Equipment Package, priced at $1,410. It adds Bose Premium audio system with seven speakers, power glass moonroof, SiriusXM satellite radio with a four-month subscription, HD Radio, and a cargo cover.

At the top of the range is the CX-3 Grand Touring, which starts from $26,105. It builds on the Preferred Equipment Package and adds Parchment or black leather with red accents and Lux Suede upholstery, adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, LED daytime running lights, Mazda Navigation, a full-color Active Driving Display head-up unit, and paddle shifters.

The available GT Premium Package for $1,435 tops off the lineup with Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support for highway speeds, Lane-Departure Warning, High Beam Control, and all-new features that include a six-way power driver’s seat, power driver’s lumbar support, two-position driver memory seat, heated steering wheel, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

All-wheel drive is available on all models for an additional $1,250.

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