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2016 Sport 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility
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Price:   -  From $19,960
2016 Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $21,210
2016 Touring 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $21,960
2016 Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $23,210
2016 Grand Touring 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $24,990
2016 Grand Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $26,240

Overview

One of the newest entries to the burgeoning subcompact crossover segment, the CX-3’s design resembles a miniature CX-5 in many ways. Offering the same versatility as the larger compact, the CX-3 also features firm handling, excellent road manners and a well-equipped cabin. The result is a very compelling option for anyone who likes the overall crossover experience, but prefers a more intimate ride.

What's New for 2016

2016 marks the debut of the CX-3.

Mazda CX-3

Choosing Your Mazda CX-3

All trim levels come with a SkyActiv 2-liter engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode that delivers 146-horsepower and a class-leading EPA-estimate of 29 mpg city/35 mpg highway.

Mazda CX-3

CX-3 Sport

The entry-level CX-3 comes with a 7-inch monitor, rear camera, AM/FM/CD player, Bluetooth compatibility, USB input, air conditioning, cruise control, push-button start, and power windows and door locks. All-wheel drive is available.

Mazda CX-3

CX-3 Touring

Starting with all the features on the Sport, the Touring adds a six-speaker audio system, moonroof, heated exterior mirrors, mirror-mounted turn signal lamps and a center armrest. Additional options include a seven-speaker BOSE audio system, power glass moonroof, leatherette seats and heated front seats.

Mazda CX-3

CX-3 Grand Touring

Choosing the Grand Touring trim gets you 18-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, leather seats, LED daytime running lamps, LED fog lights, a BOSE premium audio system with seven speakers, head-up display, paddle shifters, and driver and front passenger seat heaters. Choosing the optional GT i-ACTIVSENSE package adds adaptive cruise control, smart brakes, lane-departure warning and rain-sensing wipers.

CarsDirect Tip

Since all CX-3s have the same engine, frame and suspension, we feel that the base Sport trim comes very well loaded and represents great value for the price.

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Mazda CX-3
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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Mazda’a all-new CX-3 is attractive inside and out and an absolute blast to drive, offering plenty of zoom zoom, but not a lot of room room.

Pricing and Equipment

The five-door 2016 Mazda CX-3 is available in three trim levels. All CX-3 models are powered by a 146-horsepower 2-liter inline four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all three trim levels can be configured with an optional all-wheel drive system.

The base CX-3 Sport, which includes 16-inch alloy wheels, starts at $19,960. The Sport AWD (all-wheel drive) starts at $21,210.

The CX-3 Touring adds keyless entry, leatherette-trimmed seats (heated in the front), blind spot monitors and more. Prices start at $ 21,960; adding all-wheel drive raises the price to $21,960.

The top-tier CX-3 Grand Touring ups the interior’s luxury factor and adds a touch of sportiness to the exterior. Featuring 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed seats, a BOSE 7-speaker audio system, a moonroof and much more, Grand Touring pricing begins at $24,990. The all-wheel drive model starts at $26,240.

Prices do not include an $880 destination charge.

Performance Pros

Mazda CX-3

I am not sure if the folks at Mazda use a different horsepower standard than other car companies, but after spending a little time behind the wheel, the CX-3’s horsepower and torque ratings actually seem understated. Pulling onto highway entrance ramps takes place with ease and passing is a breeze. Many comparable crossovers, with better performance numbers on paper, feel sluggish in a direct comparison. Mazda’s famous Zoom Zoom slogan is rather fitting.

  • The steering is precise and accurate thanks to Mazda's electric power assist steering.
  • The suspension is firm enough to pleasantly surprise driving enthusiasts, but comfortable to the point that the CX-3 makes a great daily driver. Mazda has found a nice balance between driving excitement and ride comfort.
  • Braking is more than adequate; in many ways the CX-3 is a driver's crossover, if there is a such a thing.

Gas mileage is excellent. Front-wheel drive models earn a respectable 29 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. All-wheel drive adds stability in the weather, but takes away a little economy with 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway -- still quite excellent considering just how fun and sporty the CX-3 is to drive.

Performance Cons

The CX-3 builds power as it revs through the gears. Unfortunately, it is a bit noisy -- and not in the good way -- while doing it.

Interior Pros

Mazda CX-3

I had heard great things about Mazda’s new interiors, but until I was able to spend a week with the top-trim Grand Touring model, I truly did not believe all the hype. To my surprise, the CX-3’s interior shares a great deal in common with many crossovers costing almost twice the price.

Yes, there are still ample hard-touch plastic surfaces and small compromises throughout the cabin that you won’t find in the best examples from companies like Lexus and Acura, but I found myself making more comparisons to those brilliant (and brilliantly expensive) crossovers. I even joked that the CX-3’s interior “evoqued” memories of a Range Rover that I recently reviewed.

The CX-3’s seats are nicely bolstered and comfortable for longer trips. The instrumentation is thoughtfully designed and everything is easily within arms reach. The infotainment system, especially the 7-speaker BOSE unit in the Gran Touring, is simple to use and sounds great. The fuel economy computer programs work well at helping you learn how to drive the CX-3 for the best efficiency, but also prove that misbehaving a little won’t break the bank.

Interior Cons

As with many small crossovers the rear seats are very tight. I tend to sit hugging the steering wheel and even in my formula one racecar driving position, rear seat passengers found their knees touching the seat back.

The rear cargo area has a very high floor, especially in the Grand Touring with a BOSE audio system that takes away storage space. I think the space left is just enough to accommodate the luggage for a small family's weekend road trip. Four adults would have to pack sparingly, or simply wear lots of layers and skip the bags altogether.

Most Pleasant Surprise

Mazda CX-3

I really enjoyed driving the CX-3. I happened to review Mazda’s little crossover the same week that I was reviewing the all-new Miata MX-5 roadster and I was surprised at how much shared DNA the two really have.

I also think that as lovely as the bold lines of the CX-3 look on paper or on the computer screen, you really need to see it in person to appreciate what Mazda has created.

Least Pleasant Surprise

Although the CX-3 is a crossover, the back seat may not work very well for families with older children. As always, I suggest an extended test drive with everyone who will be regularly riding in the CX-3 before finalizing a purchase.

Bottom Line

Mazda has essentially built a mildly spicy hatchback that is pretending to be an SUV -- and an attractive one at that. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive crossover that earns excellent miles per gallon, and you value driving performance over maximum utility, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is well worth adding to the shopping list.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 146 HP / 146 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
29 / 35 / 32 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 146 HP / 146 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
29 / 35 / 32 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
12.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$48
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
44.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
88 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
168.3 "
Exterior Width
69.6 "
Exterior Height
60.7 "
Front Headroom
38.4 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
41.7 "
Rear Legroom
35.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
53.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
50.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,809 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 16.0 " Steel / 16.0 " Gray Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Gray Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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