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2016 Mazda CX-3: LA Auto Show

author photo by Colin Ryan November 2014

What Is It?

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is an all-new compact crossover making its world debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show. Bordering on a subcompact crossover, the CX-3 is one size smaller than Mazda's current CX-5. Alongside optimized visibility, comfort, support and ergonomics, the CX-3 also boasts rader-based sensors and optional all-wheel drive. With the sophisticated safety system of a luxury car, Mazda is confident that this 5-seater will score well in crash tests around the world.

How Much?

Nothing official yet, but a decent guess is $22,000.

When Can You Get It?

Spring 2015.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

Aside from the fact that small crossovers are a hot commodity these days, the CX-3 is made by a company that excels at smart designs and desirable driving experiences. Factor in the safety equipment and what should be a decent balance of thrust and fuel economy from the 2.0-liter engine, and the 2016 Mazda CX-3 makes a strong case for itself.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Chevrolet Trax -- Coming to the United States in January.

2015 Jeep Renegade -- Tiny, funky and blessed with typical Jeep ruggedness. Due on sale in December.

2016 FIAT 500X -- Has 500 in the name, but is not actually based on that little Italian cutie. Instead, it's based on the Jeep Renegade thanks to the FIAT/Chrysler/Jeep hookup. Anticipated in early 2015.

2015 Honda HR-V -- Expected at the end of this year, the HR-V is based on the excellent and highly practical 2015 Honda Fit.

Used MINI Cooper Countryman -- A slightly more upmarket feel and a suspension tuned by parent company BMW brings the fun level up a notch or two.

Used Nissan JUKE -- The JUKE is one of the vehicles that started the small CUV trend. With Nissan reliability and distinctive looks behind it, a used JUKE will be an attractive option to some.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2016 Mazda CX-3: LA Auto Show - Autotrader