First came compact crossovers, but those weren’t small enough for some, so automakers took it a step further and created subcompact crossovers. These tiny people haulers take everything that makes a crossover great – additional ride height and some off-road capabilities, without compromising that car-like feel – and placed them in an easier-to-handle package.
Having debuted in 2016, the Mazda CX-3 is a relative newcomer to the world of subcompact crossovers. It rides atop the bones of the new Mazda2, which is no longer sold here in the US, and like most Mazda models, it combines usefulness and a compact footprint with the zoom-zoom personality the automaker is known for.
We spent some time behind the wheel of a CX-3 to see just how many boxes this small utility vehicle can check. Continue reading to find out what we think about it.