- A 2019 Mazda CX3 Sport, shown in Snowflake White Pearl Mica (Mazda USA Photo).

In November of 2019 at the Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS), Mazda introduced the all-new 2020 CX-30 crossover SUV (CUV) to the world, taking the best of what its entry-level crossover, the CX-3, has to offer, and adding more "coupe-like" exterior styling, and combining it with the platform of the all-new 2019 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback. Slotting above the CX-3, but just below the compact CX-5, the CX-30 is powered by the 3's 186-horsepower, 2.5L naturally-aspirated SKYACTIV-G Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine, all starting at $21,900 (or just $1,510 over the base CX-3). Unfortunately, the introduction of the CX-30 means an uncertain future for the CX-3, and for 2020, the CX-3 loses trim levels to make room for its (ever so slightly) larger sibling in Mazda's North American lineup. The 2020 Mazda CX-3 Sport, starting at $21,685 (or $1,295 above the 2019 model it replaces, and just $215 less than the base CX-30), and will include a higher level of standard equipment in order to compensate for the loss of the previously-available Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. NOTE: All pricing in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but excludes any applicable taxes or other fees.

Starting at $21,685 with standard Front Wheel Drive (FWD, pricing is currently unavailable for the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) CX-3 Sport, although a 2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) model starts at $21,790), the 2020 Mazda CX-3 Sport still includes a generous level of standard equipment. New for the CX-3 Sport is a standard i-ACTIVESENSE Package, which wasn't available on the base 2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport trim level. This suite of active driver assistance technologies (previously optional on the midlevel 2019 Mazda CX-3 Touring trim, and standard on the top-shelf Grand Touring trim, both of which are no longer available for the 2020 model year) includes standard active safety features such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning system (LDWS), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), among other active safety features. While a standard equipment list for the 2020 Mazda CX-3 Sport isn't initially available, the base 2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport includes standard equipment such as SKYACTIV Driving Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control, automatic front halogen headlamps, daytime running lamps (DRL's), sixteen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and all-season tires, color-keyed side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, a dual-outlet exhaust system with bright-finished exhaust tips, a rear roofline spoiler, variably-intermittent front windshield wipers, a roof-mounted "Shark-Fin" antenna, air conditioning with a pollen filter, power windows with driver's automatic down/up functionality, power door locks, keyless entry, a front center armrest with an integrated storage console, sport cloth seating surfaces, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat back, a rear seat center armrest, a seven-inch MAZDA CONNECT touchscreen infotainment system with full voice command, SMS text message readout with automatic reply functionality, an E911 automatic collision notification system, an A/M-F/M radio with automatic level control (ALC) and a six-speaker audio system, auxiliary and USB audio inputs, and Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless stereo audio streaming, steering wheel-mounted audio system, Bluetooth telephone, Multi-Information Display (MID), and cruise controls, a Multi-Information Display (MID), push-button start, an electronic parking brake with auto-hold functionality, multiple front and rear airbags, a mandatory rear view backup camera system, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Smart City Brake Support, rear LATCH child seat tether anchors, and an engine immobilizer anti-theft system. Also newly-standard for the 2020 model year is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Exterior paint color options on the 2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport include Soul Red Crystal Metallic (Mazda's Signature Red finish), Snowflake White Pearl Mica (another Mazda Signature Pearl White finish), Machine Gray Metallic (the third Mazda Signature finish, Light Gray), Ceramic Metallic (Silver), Titanium Flash Mica (Dark Gray), Deep Crystal Blue Mica (Dark Blue), Eternal Blue Mica (Light Blue), and Jet Black Mica (Black). All exterior paint color options on the 2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport are paired exclusively with a Black Cloth interior (no other interior color options are available on the Sport trim level).

All Mazda CX-3 models are exclusively powered by a 148-horsepower, 2.0L SKYACTIV-G naturally-aspirated Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine that also produces 146 lb. ft. of torque, and achieves fuel economy Miles Per Gallon (MPG) ratings of 29 City, 34 Highway, and 31 Combined for Front Wheel Drive (FWD) models, or 27 City, 32 Highway, and 29 Combined for All Wheel Drive (AWD) models, both paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Mazda CX-3 is assembled for the North American market at Mazda's main assembly facility that's located in Hiroshima, Japan. The 2020 CX-3 should reach Mazda dealerships nationwide early next month (January 2020). Would you purchase the subcompact Mazda CX-3 over the (slightly) larger CX-30, or any other subcompact crossover SUV (CUV)? Do you think the CX-3 has a future in Mazda's North American lineup? Let us know in the comments down below!

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