Review: 2018 Mazda CX-3 GT AWD – Part 5

So I’ve come to the end of my week long review of the Mazda CX-3 GT AWD. Mazda has made some changes for the 2018 model year that have taken a sub-compact crossover that was one of the best options in a very crowded marketplace and made it better. One thing that I need to point out is the fact that Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support feature is now a standard feature. That means everyone has access to a key piece of safety technology. It also makes the CX-3 an even more compelling option in the sub-compact space.

My final fuel economy was 7.9 L/100KM’s which is pretty good given that the CX-3 has all-wheel drive. Plus if you take into account the changes that Mazda made to the suspension encourages you to drive in a more “spirited” manner which typically does not contribute to saving gas, you can upgrade this to being an outstanding result.

If you wanted to cross shop it, contenders would include the Nissan Juke and Qashqai, Chevy Trax and it’s corporate cousin the Buick Encore, the Jeep Renegade and corporate cousin the Fiat 500X, and Honda HR-V. Given that Mazda has a class above interior and a healthy amount of tech on board, you could also start to cross shop it against the Mercedes Benz GLA, Infiniti QX-50 and BMW X1 for good measure.

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 starts at just under $20,000, and goes up to $30,995 for the GT trim level that I tested this week. If you live in an urban environment and want a small versatile vehicle that is easy to park and maneuver in tight spaces, or you want to downsize to a vehicle that is “just right” in terms of size, you have to look at the Mazda CX-3. Mazda has upped this sub compact crossover’s game, and it is still a winner as far as I am concerned.


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