Mazda holds the line on 2017 CX-3 prices while lowering the cost of the i-Activsense safety package on top line Grand Touring models.
2017 Mazda CX-3
Mazda's CX-3 was all-new for 2016 so the subcompact crossover only receives a few tweaks here and there for the 2017 model year.
The good news is that, at least for now, the price of 2017 CX-3 remains the same as that of the 2016 models - including destination charges. In addition, CX-3 Touring models now come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels (replacing last year's 16-inch alloys), while Mazda has lowered the price of its optional i-Activsense suite of safety technologies for Grand Touring models from $1,920 in 2016 to $1,170 for 2017.
The i-Activsense package consists of Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), automatic Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and Smart Brake Support (SBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), High Beam Control (HBC), automatic on/off headlights and rain-sensing wipers.
2017 CX-3 standard features
Standard equipment remains the same, regardless of the trim level and, in addition to the requisite power accoutrements including windows, locks and mirrors, means all Mazda CX-3's come with alloy wheels (16-inch just on Sport models). Also standard is keyless entry with push-button start and a 7-inch Active Driving Display, along with Mazda’s commander control located on the center console between the driver and front passenger seats. In addition, there's Mazda Connect, the in-car infotainment system that provides Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone operation, reception of short text messages, and internet radio including Aha, Pandora and Stitcher.
Touring trim upgrades, aside from the bigger wheels, also include heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, leatherette and cloth seats, heated front seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, fold-down center armrest with built-in phone holder, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The optional Touring Premium Package includes a Bose audio system, power moonroof, satellite and HD and a cargo cover.
Grand Touring models also receive leather and Lux Suede seats, LED headlights with adaptive front lighting, LED fog lights, navigation, automatic climate control, paddle shifters and an active driving head-up display.
The only powerplant offered remains Mazda's Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine that generates 146 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a maximum 146 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,800 rpm.
EPA estimates for FWD and AWD models also remain the same at 29/35/31city/highway/combined mpg, and 27/32/29 city/highway/combined mpg, respectively.
That engine is mated to a carryover six-speed automatic transmission delivering power either to the front wheels or to all four wheels through a new-generation AWD system that features an active torque control coupling first used on the Mazda CX-5.
2017 Mazda CX-3 prices and availability
CX-3 Sport: $20,840
CX-3 Sport AWD: $22,090
CX-3 Touring: $22,840
CX-3 Touring AWD: $24,090
Touring Technology Package: $1,410
CX-3 Grand Touring: $25,870
CX-3 Grand Touring AWD: $27,120
i-Activsense safety package: $1,170
According to Mazda, the 2017 CX-3 will arrive at dealerships nationwide in early July.
Prices include an $880 destination and handling fee ($925 in Alaska)