2017 Mazda CX-3 changes little in sophomore year

June 7, 2016

The Mazda CX-3 crossover hatchback returns for its sophomore year, little changed.

Mazda announced yesterday that the 2017 CX-3 goes on sale in July, sporting the same base price tag as last year.

For $20,860, the CX-3 comes standard with the 146-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.

All-wheel drive is a $1,250 option, though it's tough to call the CX-3 an SUV, like its Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9 stable mates.

MORE: Read our 2016 Mazda CX-3 review

Among the few differences with the 2016 model, the 2017 CX-3 Touring adds 18-inch wheels, which had been reserved for Grand Touring models.

Also, Mazda's safety-tech bundle gets a lower price of $1,170, down from $1,920. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warnings.

The CX-3 can be tricked out with features like two-tone seats and a head-up display--among the "Mazda Premium" features the brand fits, without going full monty into luxury branding, a la Hyundai's Genesis nameplate.

All models come with power features; a USB port; Bluetooth audio streaming; keyless ignition; and a touchscreen infotainment system. Top Grand Touring versions have leather, LED headlights, paddle shift controls, and navigation.

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