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Mazda CX-3

In a market growing with several tiny SUV options, the Mazda CX-3 is a dapper, well-designed choice. Unlike competitors that appear tall, narrow, and not quite grown-up (Chevrolet Trax, we're looking at you), the CX-3 is a fully formed vehicle. Driving it puts a smile on your face. It's one of the more appealing entries in a new class of wee SUVs, with agile handling and good fuel economy. But it's snug inside.

Reliability

We expect the 2021 CX-3 will be much more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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Overall Reliability Verdict
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
NA
NA
Engine Minor
NA
NA
Engine Cooling
NA
NA
Transmission Major
NA
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
NA
Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
NA
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Climate System
NA
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Suspension
NA
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Brakes
NA
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Exhaust
NA
NA
Paint/Trim
NA
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Body Integrity
NA
NA
Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
NA
NA
In-car Electronics
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NA
Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Mazda CX-3 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"air conditioning stopped working at ~ 14 months -- Mazda replaced the compressor and refilled the refrigerant without cost"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped working after 2.5 years of lite use. Mazda refused to honour warranty as it expired 1 week prior even though we couldn't get an appointment due to covid."

Anonymous, (2017 Mazda CX-3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Developed a leak. Mazda fix free under a recall."

Anonymous, (2017 Mazda CX-3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Air conditioning stopped working."

Liz F., IN (2017 Mazda CX-3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Stopped cooling. Took 2 visits to dealer to correct"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioner stopped working."

Liz F., IN (2017 Mazda CX-3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This was fixed for free, so it was a problem of a bit of inconvenience."

Anonymous, VT (2017 Mazda CX-3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Lower trim below doorframe came off when driving over snow and ice"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Poorly disigned center armrest noise"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda CX-3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Upon inspection at the Mazda dealer during a prepaid service visit found that my front, right strut was blown and leaking. This was replaced under warranty."

Yuri R., WA (2017 Mazda CX-3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Problem resolved by dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Recall for condensation in the lighting housing"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"it stopped working"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Nav system would not go into night vision. It would stay on day time screen display"

Dennis R., BC (2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"The transmission would delay anytime it would shift into drive, especially from reverse to drive. During my prepaid maintenance visit, I informed the service adviser of the situation and the Mazda technician upon inspection determined this was cause by a bad seal in the transmission/differential which was covered under warranty. A program update was the other suspected cause in which Mazda made a software update that adjusts the transmission's shift points."

Yuri R., WA (2017 Mazda CX-3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"The front right suspension is making a banging noise when we go down a bumpy road. Not sure what the problem is yet. It also squeaks and rattles. Seems really cheap on the inside."

Anonymous, ID (2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"The oil plug was leaking. They replaced the plug and the gasket. It appears to have fixed the leak."

Anonymous, ID (2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Dead cell in battery."

J D., CA (2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
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