2020 Mazda CX-3 | Milwaukee

2020 CX-3 parked in industrial setting

It can be hard to get excited for a subcompact crossover. It’s not typically a segment that automakers devote a lot of time to, which often results in subpar offerings that lack spirit. And features.

Well, let us change your mind with the affordable and feature-laden 2020 Mazda CX-3.

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More Standard Features

Mazda has cut back the trim options for the CX-3 to just the Sport, nixing the Touring and Grand Touring trims. While this might sound like a bad thing, it’s really not. The 2020 Mazda CX-3 Sport is not only affordable but will now have many of the features previously only available on higher trims. For example, the CX-3 Sport now has the following features standard: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive headlights, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. All of those features are available starting at $21,740 or $23,140, depending on whether you get the FWD or AWD model. The price-to-feature ratio makes this vehicle a steal.

Performance and Drivability

Mazda is known for making vehicles that are actually engaging to drive, not just econoboxes that tick off the segment checklist. The 2020 CX-3 has the excellent 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine. It produces 148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. The engine is a paired to a silky-smooth six-speed automatic. Together, they help the CX-3 FWD models get 29-city/34-hwy mpg; CX-3 AWD models get 27-city/32-hwy mpg. Unsurprisingly, the handling is top-tier, not just for the segment, but in general. Mazda really know what they’re doing and it shows even in a subcompact crossover like the CX-3. With responsive steering, a reactive suspension, and confidence-instilling braking, the CX-3 will win you over in no-time.

Come test drive the 2020 Mazda CX-3 and see what you’ve been missing.