- mazda is dropping the cx-3 from its lineup after the 2021 model year.
- the cx-3 is smaller and older than the newer cx-30, which is similar in size and price.
- 2021 cx-3s should remain in inventory for a little while longer.
the sun will set on mazda's smallest crossover, the cx-3, after the 2021 model year. we're not too surprised to hear this, as mazda essentially replaced this older model with the newer cx-30 recently. the two compete alongside each other in the subcompact-crossover segment, and the cx-30 is more powerful, more spacious, and more upscale than the dated cx-3.
while the cx-30 is based on the compact mazda 3, the cx-3 was based on the tiny subcompact mazda 2, which meant it was considerably smaller inside than many of its competitors. it debuted for 2016 and has received only minimal updates over the years. mazda reduced its lineup to a single trim level recently, marking the beginning of the end for this model.
we wonder if mazda may eventually rename the cx-30 to cx-3 as a result of this change. this would provide more consistency in the brand's suv lineup, as other models have single-digit monikers including cx-5 and cx-9.