2021 Mazda CX-3 for Sale in Springfield, MA
The current compact crossover market is decidedly vast, with most automakers offering a handful of choices that look similar on the surface. But the 2021 Mazda CX-3 sets itself apart with its sleek lines, well-appointed interior, and agile handling. Although it’s the smallest utility vehicle in Mazda’s lineup, the degree of practicality, sophistication, and efficiency it supplies is surprising for its affordable price point. Its compact size, sophisticated suspension, and just-right ground clearance allow it to hug the road and make driving seriously fun, especially around those curves. One notable improvement for this new model year is that night pedestrian detection has been added to the i-ACTIVSENSE suite of driver-assist technologies. Below, we’ll take a closer look at this attractive crossover’s features, performance, and value.
Powertrain, Performance and Standard Features
The 2021 Mazda CX-3 is offered in a single trim level called the Sport. Its power source is a 148 hp 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine that gets a six-speed automatic transmission set up with selectable modes for semi-manual shifting and sport driving. Front-wheel drive is standard, but this is a utility vehicle, and as such all-wheel drive is available. Mazda’s unique system, the fully autonomous i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive is unique in that it’s a predictive AWD system: it uses more than two dozen sensors that constantly analyze driving conditions – including braking, G-force, and various weather factors – to anticipate how it will immediately need to react to manage wheel spin the very second it needs to do so to maintain optimum control.
The 2021 Mazda CX-3’s fuel economy is excellent. According to EPA estimates, the FWD model achieves 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while the AWD version returns 27 city/32 highway.
The 2021 Mazda CX-3 comes with an assortment of luxurious features, like automatic LED headlights and daytime running lights, high beam assist, an adaptive front-lighting system, rain–sensing wipers, side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a spoiler along the rear roofline, a backup camera, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic cabin temperature control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback. The standard connectivity features within the Mazda Connect infotainment system are a 7-inch touchscreen, voice recognition capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capability, a six-speaker audio system, and a USB port.
Safety and Technology
As of this writing, the 2021 Mazda CX-3 hadn’t been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but the 2020 model earned high praise from both institutions. The IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick Plus, and the NHTSA awarded it a five-star safety rating. The 2021 Mazda CX-3 gets the standard i-ACTIVSENSE package of driver-assist features, which include advanced Smart City Brake Support with collision warning and nighttime pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam control, and adaptive radar cruise control with stop-and-go. An E911 automatic emergency notification function is also provided.