One year removed from its debut, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 has a solid footing in the subcompact crossover utility vehicle segment. Some may consider the CX-3 a tall hatchback, given its relatively modest ground clearance. This model is versatile, handles well, and is fuel efficient. It is also nearly the same size as the Mazda 2, a model you can no longer get in the US.
What's New for 2017
Following its much-anticipated debut last year, the 2017 CX-3 features modest updates. Importantly, Mazda has held the line on its base price.
The CX-3’s 18-inch alloy wheels found in the Grand Touring edition are now standard in the Touring model. The other change of note is a sharp reduction in the price of the available Mazda i-ACTIVESENSE package of safety technologies in the Grand Touring edition—it's $750 cheaper this year.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-3
Mazda offers the 2017 CX-3 in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available for this five-passenger model.
Every 2017 CX-3 is powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder engine making 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode and sport mode.
The EPA rates the front-wheel drive model at 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive model is rated at 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
Mechanically, all three trim levels are alike. Therefore, the Sport trim is a sensible place to begin shopping. Add $1,250 to obtain all-wheel drive.
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