Mazda’s first foray into the subcompact crossover segment will be represented by the newly introduced CX-3. The Japanese automaker has announced pricing for its new model before it goes on sale in the U.S. next month.
The 2016 CX-3 will start at $19,960 for the CX-3 Sport. The Sport trim features air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and premium cloth seats. Also included is cruise control, power windows, power locks, and a 60/40 split folding rear seat. On the technology side, the CX-3 sport comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch display.
The CX-3 Touring will be positioned above the Sport at $21,960 and adds mirror-mounted turn signals, 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth/leatherette seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a center armrest, and heated front seats.
At the top of the CX-3 range is the Grand Touring, starting at $24,990. Included is LED headlights, LED fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, GPS navigation, a Bose audio system, a power moonroof and leather/lux suede upholstery.
Regardless of trim, all CX-3 versions will be powered by a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine that produces 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission paired to either front-wheel drive, or an optional all-wheel drive system for an additional $1,250.
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will directly compete with the Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade, and the upcoming Honda HR-V. Fuel economy figures have yet to be released, but as it sits, the CX-3 appears to be a strong contender within the subcompact crossover segment in terms of price, output, and convenience features.
As with other Mazda models, the selling points will come down to its fun-to-drive characteristics, and while the CX-3 won’t be offered with a manual transmission, SkyActiv engineering means excellent power-to-weight and an engaging drive.