2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring FWD

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2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring FWD

“An Automotive Love Affair”
By joe mavilia

This is the  2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring FWD crossover that is just right for a picnic trip to the California Poppy Reserve.

Or it will take you to the office, but in this case my office was in the desert for the day. The terrain was not too challenging, but then most of us rarely get too far off road. However, there are those times for some when you need to get further off road and for those there is an AWD version.
This new model version includes very good standard features. A new DirectTire Pressure Monitoring System, blind spot system with rear cross-traffic alert, push-button start, two USB ports, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch Mazda Connect display. Grand Touring starts at $26,720 and includes black or Parchment leather seats with pleated piping, more chrome exterior accents, a full-color head-up display, power moonroof, adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, onboard navigation, and paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic transmission.

General Information:It is assembled in Horu,Japan;Parts– US/Canadian 0%, Japan 90%   Engine and transmission – Japan; Classification is Compact Cars.Cars from Mazda:,CX-3,CX-5, CX-9, Mazda 3, Mazda 6, MX-5 Miata, MX-5 Miata RF.
Recognized Competition:

Brand $$$ MPG Seating Doors Country of Origin Assembled
Mazda CX-3 26,000 31 5 4 Japan Japan
Honda HR-V 25,000 30 5 4 Japan USA
Hyundai Kona 23,000 30 5 4 Korea Korea
Toyota C-HR 27,000 29 5 4 Japan Japan

Not a turbo as equipped but I wasn’t in the mood / or have a need for extreme speed, and this was just fine, thank you. It handles well, and its size make it a great handling crossover.

Not my favorite look mostly because I’m not real comfortable with the Chopped off rear end look. But design and style are a personal thing. Obviously, many others do like the look.

Fit and Finish:
Very good.

Perfectly priced in class.

I like the size but if you need room for more than 5 seating this won’t be your cup of tea.

My Recommendation:
For those whose need fits the size configuration this is a great small crossover / SUV. It’s good for me, but if you need to haul the soccer team with all the gear it is limited for your use. Mazda is a great company and the product is as reliable as they come, and over the years the company can be relied upon to deliver great cars. 

Well priced, very good fuel economy, reliable, fabulous standard features list.


Standard Equipment:
2.0 liter 4-cylinder 148 HP engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, front wheel drive, ABS 4-Wheel power Disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, 18” alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers, intermittent rear wiper, heated power mirrors, rear roof spoiler, power moonroof, tilt & telescopic steering column with audio and cruise controls on leather wrapped steering wheel, leather wrapped shift knob and brake handle, power automatic door locks, power windows, leather sport seats, heated front seats, 6-way manual driver’s seat, center armrest with storage, LATCH child safety seat anchors, anti-theft engine immobilizer, blind spot monitoring, smart city brake support, lane departure warning, electric power steering, independent front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension, front stabilizer, LED headlights with auto on/off, LED fog lights and tail lights, climate control, color active driving display, navigation system, Bose AM/FM/ Satellite with 7-speakers, HD radio with USB input, Bluetooth hands free phone / audio, 7” color touch screen display, rearview camera, keyless entry with push button start, electronic parking brake, stability and traction controls, hill start assist, front side impact airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, rear cross traffic alert, smart cruise control. 

Gas Stats:

$3.99 / Gal avg. April 29, 2019
for more information.

29 City and 34 Highway MPG
MSRP $25,745.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
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