The new Mazda CX-3 is here with more power than ever.
It goes without saying that crossovers are a hot commodity right now, with subcompact crossovers replacing traditional hatchbacks in terms of sales. Although one could also make the argument that subcompact crossovers are just hatchbacks with bigger tires and a different name, but we’re not going to wade into that debate right now.
What we are going to do is ogle Mazda’s refreshed CX-3 crossover. It’s still cute, with an exterior that remains largely unchanged but for a few cosmetic details, like the grille slats suddenly coming in pairs rather than one at a time, and the tail lights that have been redesigned with happy little smiles for LEDs. Everything about this car just screams adorable.
Under the hood is the same 2.0-L engine, but it’s now a SkyActiv G 2.0 model with an extra two ponies and two pounds of torque. That puts the hard numbers at 148 hp and 148 lb-ft.
Mazda also says that the new engine will be even more fuel efficient than the previous version, but declined to provide any numbers to back up their claim.
What’s more interesting is the technology that gets attached to that engine. This is the first CX-3 model year that will use Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system that was first seen on the 2017 Mazda 6 and Mazda 3. The system analyzes throttle input and steering response and then reduces engine torque to transfer vehicle weight to the wheels that need more grip.
In basic terms, it makes the car handle better. Neato.
To help things along there, Mazda also re-tuned the suspension and gave it better tires. This promises to be the best driving CX-3 model to date.
On the inside things are quieter and more comfortable than ever too. The parking brake has been replaced with an electronic version which frees up space in the center console for an armrest with cup holders. The seats are wider and have redesigned foam for greater comfort. The door and window panels are thicker to provide greater sound dampening, and the interior has faux-suede trim to make it all feel a little fuzzier.
The new CX-3 is set to go on sale in late spring.