The 2019 Mazda CX-3 GT updates result in one cool compact ride.
The compact SUV was newly updated for 2019 and provides a sleek package for everyday living, in both the city and country. I was impressed with how many features and options were included in the Mazda CX-3 GT at this price point.
My first car wasn’t nearly this cool, I had a little hatchback and even though I loved it’s bright blue color, it didn’t boast nearly as many features and luxury (like leather seating!) as the CX-3 does. I would have been the coolest 16-year-old around if I’d had the CX-3 GT to drive my friends around in!
Electronic Emergency Brake and more New for 2019
The Mazda CX-3 has an electronic emergency brake system new for 2019, which means that if you start the car and put it in gear without your seatbelt on, you have to release the parking brake manually by pushing the button. When your seatbelt is on, it releases automatically when you press the accelerator, and if you belt-up before putting it in gear, it is automatically released.
THIS is the perfect feature for a young, new driver because let’s face it – they may not always think to put their seatbelt on! Another reason why I think this might be the perfect FIRST car!
The other major update is that Apple Carplay and Android are standard in the CX-3. I don’t know if I could function without Apple CarPlay anymore. I use it for voice texting, maps, and music, daily.
In Canada, the unlimited mileage warranty is now standard on all Mazda CX-3 model trims.
Mazda CX-3 GT’s Sporty New Style Does Not Disappoint
I loved the sporty features including the black body around the wheel wells, lower ground clearance, but not too low, and the new fuller front grille.
Mazda lovers love Mazda for its clean lines and lux features, and I completely agree with this new design. I especially loved the new Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint color too. It’s just slightly more saturated than the previous year’s red.
Is the CX-3 Big Enough for Families?
It’s a cute sub-compact SUV, but is it for families? I would say the backseat is a little tight. I don’t need car seats anymore but from the reviews I’ve read, the backseat may not be large enough for rear-facing car seats. The cargo area does seem a little tight for a stroller too. If you have one child, you can probably get away with this one.
Leather Seating and GT Trim give it an Elevated Feel
The leather seating in the GT trim feels high-end with the white stitching and white leather accents. I think the white leather accents elevate the look, including the doors as shown below.
Plenty of Amenities including 4 Cupholders
There are cup holders for everyone- two in the front center console and two in the rear center console.
As for USB chargers, there are two in the front and your rear passengers will have to ask you to charge their devices for them. There is also no dual or rear climate control.
Legroom in the Back Row is Kid-Friendly
The legroom for children is ample, but I wouldn’t want to take adults on a road trip in the CX-3, as you can see.
The driver’s side offers power seat adjustments whereas the passenger is manual.
A Nice Clean Design
The driver cockpit is simple with clean lines and easy access for the driver to reach everything.
A Cool Compact SUV for All
With so many safety features, its cool lines and reasonable price point, the Mazda CX-3 makes for a great purchase. I think the CX-3 could be the ideal first car for my teen, and I would want to take it out myself sometimes too!
Disclosure: The Mazda CX-3 GT was provided for one week by Mazda Canada for the purpose of review.