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Mazda's entry in the mini-utility segment delivers agile, fun-to-drive handling; a solid and substantial feel; and good fuel economy. The ride is firm but does a good job absorbing impacts, although noise levels can be high. The CX-3 is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and the sole powertrain is a 146-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic. It's a smooth, willing mill but isn't overly powerful. The infotainment system includes a 7-inch center display screen and a rotary knob to control phone and audio functions, but it takes time to get familiar with its operation. The rear seat is very tight, and cargo space is modest. This is the first nonluxury mini-SUV to offer blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

Road Test

In a market growing with several tiny SUV options, the Mazda CX-3 is a dapper, well-designed choice. Unlike competitors that appear tall, narrow, and not quite grown-up (Chevrolet Trax, we're looking at you), the CX-3 is a fully formed vehicle. Drivi...

Highs

  • Agile handling makes it fun to drive
  • Very fuel efficient

Lows

  • Not much room inside; tight rear seat and narrow driving position
  • Noisy cabin

Best Version to Get

The Touring trim is the best combination of equipment and price; we're particularly fond of its blind-spot monitoring system, a feature that many competitors lack.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (146 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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