11Mazda CX-3 DK

Mazda CX-3 DK (2015-2024)

Also referred to as: Mazda CX-3 DK 2023 and Mazda CX-3 DK 2025.
11Mazda CX-3 DK
3.8

84 reviews

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Build Quality
3.7
Value for Money
3.8
Cleaning & Maintenance
4.1
Noise Level
3.7
Braking
4.5
Acceleration / Power
4.0
Gear Shifting
4.1
Suspension
3.9
Fuel Efficiency
4.3
Handling
4.4
Interior Design
4.1
Boot Size
3.2
Comfort
4.1
Features
3.9
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84 reviews
RandM
RandMSouth East Queensland, QLD6 posts
  CX-3 DK sTouring FWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic

Great small SUV

Have always been a Hyundai driver until purchasing my first Mazda this year.
I was looking for a small SUV, 2 litre with digital speedo, automatic mirrors, infotainment system, reversing camera, seat comfort as a minimum. Purchased from Aspley Mazda who were amazing from test drive to after sale to first 1000km service. Am really enjoying driving my new Mazda, handles well, smooth, quiet, comfortable. Highly recommend. Show details
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Pom Pom
Pom PomSydney, NSW10 posts
  CX-3 DK

LATEST MAZDA ‘RECALL’ AUSTRALIA (CX-3 & 3)

I first heard the ‘Recall Announcement’ on radio 2GB in Sydney
Year of Manufacture (2013-2019)
Faulty Wiring - with Rear Camera
More info on numerous websites
https://www.vehiclerecalls.gov.au/recalls/rec-005733 Show details
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DogStar
DogStarSydney, NSW40 posts
  CX-3 DK Akari FWD, 2.0L Petrol, Manual
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hotkiwi
hotkiwiPerth, WA146 posts
  Verified CX-3 DK Akari AWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic
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Honest Truth
Honest Truth3 posts
  CX-3 DK Maxx Sport FWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic

Don't Waste Your Money!

Bought my CX3 brand new from Mazda end 2018. In the almost 3 years I have owned the car I have had more than 6 breakdowns! Each time the car just would not start or handbrake would freeze up. Agree with another reviewer who wrote 'sitting at traffic lights always feel a surge like it loses power or jumps'. When investigated by Mazda my issue was put down to a loose earth wiring that I was told had been repaired. It has since broken down again.. Twice. I have previously owned Toyota vehicles and have NEVER had a problem... EVER! Spend that little bit extra and you won't regret it. Show details
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John K
John KSydney, NSW7 posts
  CX-3 DK sTouring FWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic

Great car - looks great, drives well, low maintenance costs

I use this car for commuting & at weekends. The car service is usually every 9 or 12 months depending on lockdowns. Mazda provide a great service and the pricing is reasonable. Fuel economy is average. Show details
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plgtre
plgtre6 posts
  CX-3 DK Maxx Sport AWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic

Absolutely love it

I bought this car a year ago for personal use, and I’ve absolutely loved driving it almost every day of that year. I’ve had it serviced 3 times, and there have been absolutely no problems with it whatsoever. Fairly simple and straightforward to drive, it handles the roads around here quite well, however it does struggle a little on the mountain roads when I go up there. Not enough to be a concern, but in the interests of honesty it’s something to think about. Overall though, it’s been a fantastic car to own. So glad I bought it. Show details
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Paul
Paul8 posts
  CX-3 DK

Great all round car

After looking at all cars in this price bracket we picked the mazda cx3 sports, for style, extras, service costs, running costs, drive ability and the functionality of the all inclusive extras. It is easy to drive and the comfort is up there with the more expensive cars I would recommend their vehicle to any body that wants a car they can always rely on to look good and do what you want to. Show details
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Catherine
Catherine10 posts
  CX-3 DK Maxx Sport FWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic

I ❤ my Mazda CX-3

My Mazda CX-3 is Just Perfect. The right size, comfortable and easy to drive over any road, economical and has all the gadgets anyone would require. I encourage anyone in the shopping market to take the CX-3 for a test drive to understand what a beautiful car this is to drive. No complaints from me. I wouldn't look elsewhere for any other brand of vehicle. I'll go back to another Mazda after this one. They're the best. Show details
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Iggy
IggySouth East Queensland, QLD15 posts
  Maxx

I love my car its luxury at an Affordable price

I drive my car to work everyday fro the country to the Gold Coast. My car needs to be comfortable and affordable to run. My CX3 fits the bill nicely. I particularly love the new tech on the new cars Show details
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Hannah T.
Hannah T.Greater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC4 posts
  CX-3 DK Neo FWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic
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Luke M.Goldfields, WA
  CX-3 DK Akari AWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic
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Derek L
Derek LGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC7 posts
  CX-3 DK Akari FWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic

Air Con Issues

My daughters 2015 had the same A/C issue and apparently Mazda issued a nService Bulletin and they fixed it at no cost in late 2020. Great assistance from the Ferntree Gully service team Show details
Oz Traveller
Oz TravellerGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC20 posts
  CX-3 DK Maxx FWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic
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Christine
ChristineRichmond-Tweed, NSW
  CX-3 DK Maxx FWD, 2.0L Petrol, Manual

Does the job

The car drives really well and overall I'm pretty happy. However the air conditioning leaks into the car on the floor of the passenger seat, to the point where it creates a puddle. This is apparently very common and you need to manually drain it. Admittedly I'm not a car expert but I watched a YouTube tutorial to fix the problem myself, wasn't too difficult just frustrating and leaves a damp smell. The cushion is really soft so loses its structure which makes the car look a bit old after a normal amount of use. Aside from these issues, I'm happy with the car, I have been on many long drives with it and feel very safe.  Show details
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Questions & Answers

Edwina T.
Edwina T. · CX-3 DK Maxx (2015-2018)

I'm having some issues woth my rear seat belts not retracting on a Mazda cx3 2017.
Has anyone else had this problem?

DogStar
DogStar  

No

hotkiwi
hotkiwi  

No, I never had anything like this.

arcadia10
arcadia10 · CX-3 DK (2015-2024)

I bought a new 2023 Mazda CX-3 Maxx Sport 2.0L petrol three months ago and find the noise on cold start-up (and even after a few hours of being parked outside in the sun) alarmingly loud. It actually sounds like a diesel generator! My car has the Skyactiv-G engine which I see after a bit of research is a direct injection engine with a compression ratio of 14:1, so completely different to my previous 2012 Mazda Neo 2.0L and its predecessor, a 1999 Mazda 323 Protege 1.8L, both of which were very quiet to start up in the morning and drive. Regardless, no car I've ever owned or driven has sounded like this. The generator noise does drop off as the engine warms up, but it's still nowhere near as quiet as my previous two Mazdas when driving..

In the owner's manual on pg 4-5, it actually says " NOTE - When the push button is pressed to ON, the sound of the fuel pump motor operating near the fuel tank can be heard. This does not indicate an abnormaility." Well, it's not a matter of just hearing the fuel pump - it's deafening! I demonstrated this to a very knowledgeable friend yesterday who drives a noisy diesel Nissan Navara ute, works on his own and other people's cars, etc - and he was shocked at the noise on start-up after my car had been parked in the sun for 3 hours (so not technically a cold start).

I test drove a Maxx Sport demo before ordering my car and it didn't sound anything like this (but possibly the engine wasn't cold). I'm also certain that the car didn't sound like this when I drove it out of the dealer's showroom. I suspect that the noise level has increased in the three months that I've owned the car.

I've now booked it in at the Mazda dealership in three weeks' time and we agreed that I will leave it overnight so that they can start if from cold the next morning. I don't want to be fobbed off with the usual "this is normal for your car" excuse, though, so would like to know if anyone else has noticed this excessive noise level when starting their CX-3. I'm also beginning to wonder if the fuel pump could be faulty.

Pom Pom
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arcadia10
arcadia10  

That's really bad luck and must be highly annoying and frustrating. Have you tried contacting Consumer Protection in your State?

hotkiwi
hotkiwi  

I never had any problem with my CX 3, the Akira model with the same engine. For over 6 years the car worked with zero issues until I sold it. Sounds like something with the valves

Janine R.
Janine R. · CX-3 DK sTouring FWD, 2.0L Petrol, Automatic (2015-2024)

I know there were AC issues with the 2016 models. I'm wondering if anyone is experiencing this with newer models. I have a 2019 and it has started making a leaking sound which I can hear in the cabin and the AC doesn't blow cold air anymore. I'm still under warranty but the dealer has said they will run diagnostics and if they can't find a fault I will have to pay. But it sounds very similar to the earlier problems Mazda had with AC's.

DogStar
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hotkiwi
hotkiwi  

Never had an issue.

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CategorySmall / Compact SUVsSmall / Compact SUVsSmall / Compact SUVsSmall / Compact SUVs
Starting Price $36,290$43,603$41,543$31,449
Warranty Distance Unlimited kmsUnlimited kmsUnlimited kmsUnlimited kms
TransmissionAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Drive TypeFront Wheel Drive (FWD)All Wheel Drive (AWD)Front Wheel Drive (FWD)Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
Fuel TypePetrolPetrolPetrolPetrol
Wheels18" Alloy18" Alloy18" Alloy16" Alloy
ANCAP Safety Rating5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Doors 4444
Seats 5555
Fuel Consumption6.3 L/100km6.7 L/100km6.3 L/100km6.3 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 48 L44 L48 L48 L
Engine2.0 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC S-VT petrol engine2.0 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC S-VT petrol engine2.0 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC S-VT petrol engine2.0 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC S-VT petrol engine
Engine CodeSKYACTIV-GSKYACTIV-GSKYACTIV-GSKYACTIV-G
Max Power110kW @ 6000rpm110kW @ 6000rpm110kW @ 6000rpm110kW @ 6000rpm
Max Torque195Nm @ 2800rpm195Nm @ 2800rpm195Nm @ 2800rpm195Nm @ 2800rpm
Country of ManufactureThailandThailandThailandThailand
Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)1,200 kg1,200 kg1,200 kg1,200 kg
Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)640 kg640 kg640 kg640 kg
Manufacturer Warranty5 year(s)5 year(s)5 year(s)5 year(s)
Dimensions
Kerb Weight1,293 kg1,367 kg1,305 kg1,293 kg
Ground Clearance155 mm160 mm160 mm155 mm
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