The sporty 2017 Mazda CX-3 crossover screams fun on the inside and outside, while keeping the automaker’s handling and “zoom-zoom” signature intact.
Not only does it impress with its 29 mpg (27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway) fuel economy, but it delivers a fun 146-horsepower, 146-pounds of torque that combines its sporty feel with its equally sporty handling.
While Mazda claims it can seat up to five people, I find this to be pretty inaccurate. The cargo and rear seat space is extremely limited and anything more than four human beings would feel like sardines stuffed in a can.
What I liked: I really enjoyed driving this car.
It’s a unique ride, and Mazda’s smallest model in its Skyactiv generation lineup. The exterior is really sharp, and continues on Mazda’s momentum in simply making attractive vehicles. Seriously, the automaker was able to design a CX-3 that was different enough from the CX-5, MX-5 Miata and other models while still keeping the strongest design aspects.
Between the comfortable driver’s seat and quiet highway driving, the CX-3 will keep drivers coming back for more. My favorite moment with the CX-3 was seeing the movie “Baby Driver” on a late night, downloading the movie’s soundtrack and cruising into Detroit on an empty highway with the music pumping through the high-quality speakers.
Like I said, it’s a fun ride that appeals to a far-stretching demographic, especially with the low price when compared to its main competitors. Out of all the vehicles in the subcompact SUV category, my pick would be the CX-3.
What I didn’t like: The backseat and cargo space feels extremely limited for a vehicle aimed at people who like to hop in a vehicle and go do things. When you have a vehicle that incites the feeling of “drive me and do things with me,” you need to have space to pack some more people and cargo in.
Pay attention to the back seat’s windows in the photo gallery above, as they seem to appear smaller each time I study them.
Here’s one from Mazda, just for another prospective:
MSRP of model reviewed: $25,935
I personally drove the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Touring All Wheel Drive edition that came in ceramic metallic and a slick black interior with a nice red accent line throughout the cabin.
The standard model starts less than $20,000, so the Touring really piles on the additional features, styling tweaks and more. While I, glaringly obviously, enjoyed the touring edition, the standard model comes with exactly what you need for that impressive price.