If you’re looking for information on a newer Mazda CX-3, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Mazda CX-3 Review
These days, almost everyone seems to be shopping for subcompact SUVs. Out of that strong demand Mazda created the CX-3, a newer face in the highly competitive small crossover segment. We have five reasons the 2017 Mazda CX-3 will definitely be around for a while.
The CX-3 offers all-wheel drive as an option, and it’s certainly worth it. Either form though definitely delivers an engaging drive. We enjoyed putting the CX-3 through tight corners. Even though the 146 horsepower doesn’t pack a serious punch it has ample power for merging and passing. There is also a cool Active Driving Display that keeps you focused on the road in front of you.
Inside the CX-3 there is a standard 7-in touchscreen and the interface it uses is called MazdaConnect. Compared to others, it does take a little longer to get used to. Once you get a good grasp of how everything operates though, you’ll find the system works really well. There is standard Bluetooth and a rearview camera of course. However, there is one upgrade we do highly recommend: the powerful 7-speaker Bose Surround Sound system. See the 2017 Mazda CX-3 models for sale near you
Mazda designers deserve a lot of credit as their entire lineup is very impressive. The CX-3 has some sharp style as well. There is a standard rear spoiler and 16-inch alloys. The top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim level comes with beautiful 18-inch alloys. The body is athletic and we especially fond of the color selections available.
Let’s talk about pricing. The CX-3 starts around $20,000. Take into account how much fun the CX-3 is to drive and all of the available features and others really have a hard time competing. The top Grand Touring trim level checks in around $26,000, which is very reasonable. It even has an innovative i-ActiveSense package option which includes adaptive cruise control.
The sole engine offered is a good one, a 2.0-liter 146 horsepower 4-cylinder. This engine leads the segment with a 34 miles per gallon rating on the highway with front-wheel drive. That number drops just slightly to 32 miles per gallon highway with the all-wheel drive. Another added plus is the six-speed transmission which is surprisingly smooth and fairly quiet at highway speed.
You may have heard some talk about how much fun Mazdas are. Well maybe it’s time you actually check one out. Get into the 2017 Mazda CX-3 and see what all the hype is about.