Over the years, Mazda has earned a reputation for developing fun-to-drive vehicles, and this trait has passed down to its crossover SUVs. Whether you are looking for a spacious family hauler or an efficient daily-driver, the automaker’s 2018 crossover lineup is bound to leave you impressed. Not only will you have access to several cutting-edge safety technologies, but you can also take advantage of Mazda’s updated interior features. Let’s look at what each model has to offer!
2018 Mazda CX-3
Although the subcompact CX-3 is the smallest crossover in Mazda’s lineup, it still brings plenty of great qualities to the table. The CX-3’s fuel-sipping design and nimble handling make it perfect for commuting to school or work. With an affordable starting price of around $22,000, it is well within the reach of most car shoppers. Despite its inexpensive price tag, the new CX-3 has the look and feel of a far more expensive automobile.
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All versions of the CX-3 are powered by a 2.0-liter, SkyActiv four-cylinder engine. It pumps out a satisfying 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. A precise, six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. Although the CX-3 is not blistering fast, it delivers the necessary performance when called upon. Fuel economy is quite impressive as well. Front-wheel drive models are rated to return an economical 29 mpg in town and 34 mpg on the highway. One of the CX-3’s best qualities remains its balanced handling. G-Vectoring Control performance technology allows it to drive more like a sporty hatchback opposed to a traditional SUV.
After taking a test drive, many people are amazed by the CX-3’s overall fit and finish. Every aspect of the cabin has a high-quality appearance. A Mazda Connect infotainment system, Bluetooth technology, and a backup camera all come standard. Several helpful safety innovations are available. Mazda’s standard Smart City Brake Support feature makes traveling in bumper-to-bumper traffic less stressful. While the Mazda CX-3 provides a comfortable driving experience, think twice about making it your primary family vehicle. The subcompact crossover’s tight backseat forces your passengers to sacrifice a lot of legroom.
2018 Mazda CX-5
In terms of size, the Mazda CX-5 is a step above the Mazda CX-3. However, it is just as entertaining to drive as its smaller sibling. A new cylinder-deactivation feature also increases fuel efficiency on the 2018 model. When it comes to exterior styling, very few crossovers in the class can outshine the sleek-looking CX-5. With an attractive MSRP of $25,125, the base model proves to be among the segment’s top values.
From a performance standpoint, the CX-5’s base four-cylinder engine stacks up well against the competition. It pumps out a healthy 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Although the crossover’s new fuel economy ratings have yet to be officially released, you can anticipate saving more money at the pump. Like before, sharp handling and a precise steering feel highlight the CX-3’s responsive driving dynamics. Opt for the intelligent i-ACTIV AWD system if you plan to travel in inclement weather.
The biggest announcement for 2018 is the arrival of a new diesel-powered CX-5. Mazda’s advanced SkyActiv-D engine will transform the CX-5 into one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers on the market. Not only will the engine’s enormous amount of torque enhance the SUV’s towing abilities, but it will also ensure strong acceleration with its 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, capable of putting out 173 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Fortunately, this lightweight diesel engine won’t disrupt the CX-5’s sporty driving dynamics.
Class-leading interior quality is yet another plus for the new 2018 Mazda CX-5. It is a vehicle that you will truly enjoy driving on an everyday basis. However, you should check the available backseat room before making a final decision. Some of your passengers may desire just a bit more space to stretch their legs. While a backup camera and a smartphone-friendly infotainment system come standard, a premium Bose sound system is found on the higher trim levels. Aside from the base Sport model, all the other models provide blind-spot monitoring. To obtain advanced safety innovations such as automatic braking and lane-keep assist, you must step up to the top-of-the line Grand Touring model.
2018 Mazda CX-9
Designed to seat up to seven people, the CX-9 is the largest of Mazda’s new crossovers. It is recommended for the families who need a bit more room on the inside. There is certainly no overlooking the CX-9’s sporty profile. A long hood and low stance make it look far more athletic than most three-row SUVs. Prices for the 2018 model start at a competitive $33,000.
Although only one engine is available for the 2018 Mazda CX-9, it promises to deliver an inspiring performance. Mazda tuned it to develop a gutsy 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet pf torque. However, using premium gas raises the engine’s output to 250 horsepower. A brisk 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds means that the CX-9 has no trouble keeping pace with a V6-powered SUV. Best-in-class handling makes the CX-9 the perfect fit for driving enthusiasts. Regarding fuel economy, anticipate getting up to 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the open highway. The CX-9’s main shortcoming is its 3,500-pound towing capacity. Many of today’s other three-row SUVs can pull at least 5,000-pound load.
The CX-9’s roomy cabin helps ensure an impressive level of passenger comfort. It comes ready to be taken on a cross-country road trip. While every trim provides plenty of useful features, the CX-9 Signature is the cream of the crop. It boasts niceties such as a 12-speaker Bose sound system, Napa leather upholstery, and rosewood interior trim. An array of modern safety technologies are offered on the 2018 model, including standard blind-spot detection and optional full-speed automatic braking.