1st Generation (2016—2019) CX-3 Problems

This generations ranks 21st out of 38 Mazda generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the hvac (28%), engine (28%), and the interior (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Turns Over, Won\'t Start 3 complaints at an average of 12,518 miles in the 2016 Mazda CX-3.
  2. Turn Signal Stays on After Turning 1 complaints at an average of 100 miles in the 2018 Mazda CX-3.
  3. No Armrest or Center Console 1 complaints at an average of 100 miles in the 2018 Mazda CX-3.

What CX-3 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mazda model years.

Watch out for the 2016 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2019 0 0 33 0.0
2018 2 0 110 1.74
2017 1 0 142 0.31
2016 11 2 248 5.75

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