Introduced for the 2016 model year, the Mazda CX-3 represents Mazda’s entry into the growing subcompact SUV segment.
Mazda CX-3 Overview
Demand for smaller crossovers is on the rise, and a number of automakers have responded with subcompact SUVs that offer a great combination of utility, fuel efficiency and tech features. Mazda’s entry into the class is the Mazda CX-3, which competes with models like the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman.
Among subcompact crossovers, the CX-3 stands out as a stylish, fun-to-drive option. All models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system is available, which analyzes temperature, road conditions, steering inputs and weather to help maximize traction.
The Mazda CX-3 seats five and comes in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims. The base Sport trim comes with cloth upholstery, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth, push-button start, a USB port and the voice-activated Mazda Connect infotainment system with smartphone app integration, hands-free text messaging and a 7-inch display.
A number of options are available, including heated front seats, leatherette or leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Bose audio system, navigation and a moonroof.
All CX-3 models come with standard safety features that include a suite of air bags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and a rearview camera. Driver assistance features are included with the i-Activsense package, which adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam headlights, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic braking.