The Mazda3 is packed with “State-of-the-Art” features and technology and shines beyond other sub-compact SUVs aspiring to stand on level ground. Mazda’s “Connect System” offers a level of control not found in its competitors and features taken directly from it’s more expensive counterparts.
The Mazda CX-3 has inherited the Mazda family looks of its sportier Mazda siblings, but the CX-3 is shorter than even its Mazda3 Hatch counterpart yet just as wide, thanks to its platform. This gives the Mazda CX-3 an impressive, planted stance, one that enhances its sporty, athletic appeal.
Of course, the Mazda’s aggressive appearance is more than mere window dressing. Unlike some of its competitors, the CX-3 boasts a fairly large engine: a 146-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional. When it comes to pinching pennies, Mazda’s fuel economy is commendable.
The CX-3’s goodness belies its numbers. This fun-to-drive CUV lends the driver the confidence to take on the world, be it tackling a twisting road or a snow-covered cul-de-sac. The steering is nicely weighted, and firm suspension keeps everything snubbed down and under control. The CX-3 remains composed under any of the conditions that you throw at it, so this is a true Mazda.
From the front seats and you’ll find a sophisticated, sporty instrument panel that’s visually clean and clear. A pleasant simplicity that looks as it comes from a pricier vehicle.
The CX-3 is offered in three flavors: entry-level Sport, mid-level Touring and all-in Grand Touring.
No matter which trim level you choose, you’ll find the CX-3 to be a smartly styled, fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive, affordable all-weather friend.
Its bigness of spirit belies its small size. So even though the world is getting smaller, there are good things to be found in small packages.