Pricing Announced for 2016 Mazda CX-3, Starts at $20,840
Lower Price than Comparably Equipped Renegade, Close to HR-V
The terms “compact crossover” and “fun-to-drive” are rarely used in the same sentence, especially by those that claim to be enthusiasts. However, Mazda piqued our attention at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show by showing the new CX-3. Now we know how much it will cost. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 in front-wheel-drive Sport trim will start at $20,840, including $880 destination. At first glance that would make it more expensive than an entry-level Jeep Renegade or Honda HR-V, but both of those models come with standard manual transmissions, whereas the CX-3 has a standard automatic. Apples to apples, the CX-3 is $845 less than the Jeep and only $45 more than an automatic HR-V. So the value equation is favorable to the Mazda.
Naturally, if you want to fluff up your CX-3, there are several trim levels and packages to indulge your inner hedonist. Moving up from the Sport Trim, there’s the Touring trim that starts at $22,840 and the Grand Touring that starts at $25,870. All-wheel drive is a $1,250 option on all trims, and the Touring Technology Package, which includes a power moonroof, SiriusXM and HD radio, and a rear cargo cover. The i-Activesense driver assist package goes for $1,920 and includes adaptive cruise control, smart brake support, automatic high beam control, lane departure warning, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlights. The CX-3 is scheduled to be at dealerships starting mid-August.