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2018 Mazda CX-3 gets new tech and refinement upgrades

One of America's best-handling crossover SUVs gets a bit more grown up with added features for the new model year.

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Chris Paukert
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New tweaks to the CX-3 for 2018 are aimed at staving off a growing field of rivals like the Honda HR-V, Toyota CH-R and Chevrolet Trax.

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An upscale two-tone leather cabin is available.

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Smart City Brake Support is new for 2018, and will auto-brake the vehicle at speeds under 19 miles per hour to help prevent low-speed accidents.

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A heated steering wheel is optional for 2018.

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Mazda's Advanced Driving Display gets full color for 2018. Mini is the only other company to offer an inexpensive subcompact crossover with a head-up display, but both systems still have their detractors. 

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