2020 Mazda 3 Awd Style
Entry price: $20,640Price as tested: $24,025
This week, we analysis the 2020 Mazda CX-3, the accepted auto SUV that has already been called a Top Assurance Pick (plus) by the Insurance Institute for Artery Safety. Notable is that bristles added 2020 Mazda cartage allotment in this aforementioned important IHHS acumen as accolade winners with the (Plus) classification are the best difficult to attain. Overall, Mazda’s six top assurance archetypal awards exhausted out additional abode architect Subaru, which had four top assurance additional picks. (See IIHS.org for complete assurance information)
Considering abounding of these affordable Mazda 3’s are purchased for and by acceptance branch off to academy or work, it’s important to let consumers apperceive their money is actuality able-bodied spent on the assurance ancillary for those who absorb added time on the road. However, don’t be addled by aloof the adolescent disciplinarian assurance advantages as Mazda CX-3 is additionally a babyish boomer favorite, and millennial, too. Because Mazda is one of the abate manufacturers, these 2020 IIHS top assurance awards are noteworthy.
The 2020 CX-3 starts at aloof $20,640 for the advanced drive Action or $22,040 for the i-ACTIV all-wheel drive (AWD) model. The mid-level Touring and high akin Grand Touring models accept been discontinued this year although new for 2020 on the Action are accepted Android and Apple affinity and i-Activsense disciplinarian abetment features, both antecedent options.
The i-Activsense package, which was an $1,100 advantage in 2019, appearance adaptive cruise, lane abandonment warning, automated high-beams, adaptive headlights, a head-up windshield display, dark atom monitoring, advanced blow admonishing and automated emergency braking. It’s now accepted on the bigger 2020 CX-3 Sport.
Mazda lists the CX-3 as a sub-compact admeasurement SUV that delivers some of the attributes of its beyond bunched Mazda CX-30 and midsize CX-5 in a smaller, burghal affable active package.
The absolutely automated AWD arrangement consistently monitors alley altitude and is congenital to add or decrease ability to any of the four auto aback the CX-3 4×4 computer determines a caster is accident traction. Because the AWD arrangement costs alone $1,400 added on the Sport, the advancement should be a above application behindhand of your bounded area as you never apperceive aback Mother Nature will bandy brutal acclimate your way from beach to baby flood (Please don’t drive you CX-3 into a abounding highway. We’re talking and inch of baptize actuality at most).
The exoteric of the CX-3 bears affinity to the siblings, alike the beyond CX-9. The advanced grille architecture is agnate although in accurate sub-compact form, and aback the CX-3 rides on a 5.2-inch beneath wheelbase than midsize CX-5, it makes alongside parking easy. Although alley irregularities are a bit added pronounced, this little Mazda handles actual able-bodied on the country anchorage and offers defended administration and cornering abilities. You’ll feel the bumps on asperous roads, but aback artery active arrives it’s actual comfy.
Mazda CX-3 additionally incorporates abundant of what the aggregation learns in its adequate top ability Prototype chic of alley antagonism all the way bottomward to the hundreds of Mazda Miata SCCA club cars that chase every weekend. As an example, aback you baddest CX-3’s “sport active mode” button on the six dispatch automated transmission, you’ll adore a added acknowledging CX-3 with computer controlled downshifting aback braking from 60 mph to college RPM ambit accouterment for added torque and acceleration. Appearance like this usually don’t appear in a sub-compact SUV, but afresh again, neither do CX-3’s affection 16-inch tires on failing admixture wheels.
Every Mazda CX-3 relies on a 2.0-liter ammunition injected four butt that boasts a 13-1 compression for added pep. Developing aloof 148 horses and 146 lb. ft. of torque, you’ll still be afflicted as the CX-3 accelerates to 60 mph in a bit over 8 seconds. This all comes acknowledgment to CX-3’s beneath than 3,000-pound barrier weight and use of lighter yet stronger action acquainted abeyance and agent components. Notable is the G-Vector control, advanced strut absolute and a rear bewilderment axle bureaucracy all of which assists in the accomplished administration characteristics. Ammunition breadth for the advanced drive CX-3 is 29 burghal and 34 artery while our AWD Action is adequate at 27 burghal and 32 highway.
Overall, the berth is able-bodied done and basement is comfortable. The chart is adequate and appearance a non bulky six-speaker stereo arrangement with the MAZDA Connect infotainment arrangement featuring articulation command. CX-3 is absolutely ample for a auto SUV, although rear bench leg allowance is bound while burden allowance with the aback bench up is aloof acceptable. Still, the aback bench is ample abundant for abate adults and kids.
CX-3 appearance four-wheel ABS brakes, rain analysis wipers, rear assurance camera, Skyactiv anatomy arena cycle bar structure, all the absorption and adherence controls, acropolis barrage assist, rear cantankerous cartage alert, and all the airbags as accepted fare. Overall, and in accession to the IIHS awards, every CX-3 boasts government Bristles Star Crash Assurance ratings, afresh article added to bethink aback it comes to aegis if arcade this market.
Our Action featured a few options including Crystal Red Metallic acrylic ($595), aperture axle plates ($100), All Acclimate Floor Mats ($125) and caster locks ($65). With $1,100 added for delivery, the final retail came in at $24,025.
Important numbers accommodate a wheelbase of 101.2 inches, 2,994 lb. barrier weight, 34.8 axis circle, 6.1-inch arena clearance, 11.9-gallon ammunition tank, and from 17.8 to 42.7 cu. ft of burden space.
The 2020 Mazda CX-3 is a abundant little SUV, abnormally because its low price, added assurance and abundant looks. Nab one while they’re still accessible as deleting two of three trims for 2020 could be an indicator that the band may be alone in the future.
Let’s achievement I’m amiss as the CX-3 Action is an accomplished vehicle.
Likes: Assurance appearance galore, price, handling.Dislikes: Alone one trim, bound rear quarters, a little agent noise.Greg Zyla writes account for Added Content Now and Gannett Co. Inc. Contact him at [email protected] or at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, PA 18840.
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