2018 Mazda CX-3 Stiffer, Sharper, and More Premium
Mazda Updates the CX-3 in the Areas that Count
One of the most engaging and certainly most appealing small crossovers, the 2018 , received a fine update for the new model year.
Possibly the most important sentence in their whole press release may be this one:
“While many improvements can be seen in the cabin, some of CX-3’s greatest changes can only be felt from behind the wheel.”
As an enthusiast that may soon be getting trapped into the CUV family life, this should come as some very exciting news.
Yes, they updated a car to give it even more engaging driving characteristics. Starting from the bottom, Mazda engineers revised the suspension bushings. They integrated new front lower control arms, recalibrated dampers and installed new engine mounts. That is a lot of changes for a car that was probably already the best driving small SUV on the market.
We would like to try out the new one for sure. Knowing Mazda, it’s probably even more brilliant than the last iteration.
Apart from serious suspension upgrades, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 also gained a vast swath of improvements uprating the driving experience on the inside almost to premium levels. After all, Mazda is hoping to reinvigorate the buyers with their “Mazda Premium” experience. For the job, they improved door seals, installed thicker rear glass and sound suppression mats. Then, they added more insulating material underneath the floor and dashboard. All in the name of refinement.
High-Tech Options for the 2018 Mazda CX-3
Complementing these improvements is new safety tech. The 2018 Mazda CX-3 received a standard automatic emergency brake support and G-Vectoring Control system. The latter will definitely have some impact on the driving characteristics of the machine. After all, the system has been calibrated to precisely distribute torque between the wheels as needed. It works in conjunction with steering input which sends torque to wheels as precisely as possible.
Obviously, Mazda went all out with the redesign. They even improved the throttle and transmission response. All this to complement Mazda’s “Jinba Ittai” – horse and rider as one – driving philosophy. Cool. Considering they offer i-Active AWD on all versions with a $1,250 price premium, it is obvious that the 2018 Mazda CX-3 has evolved a bit.
However, some may find that the 146 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque of the two-liter engine isn’t quite on par with what the chassis could handle. Nonetheless, with all the improvements, Mazda is confident their car offers more than the competitors.
That is actually obvious on the inside where the 2018 Mazda CX-3 received a redesigned steering wheel and new full-color heads-up display (Grand Touring trim). Also, it introduced adaptive cruise control, high-speed automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights as part of the $1,435 Premium package. This new package replaces the I-Activesense.
Pretty much everything but the power sounds pretty fantastic, to be honest. At this point, the only thing Mazda needs to do is develop an EcoBoost-equivalent turbo system to throw in their CUV line and that should settle things once and for all.