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. Driving it puts a smile on your face. It's one of the more appealing entries in a new class of wee SUVs, with agile handling and good fuel economy. But it's snug inside.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Very responsive in my driving conditions"

GARY M., BC (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"The motor is super-efficient, but wish it was bigger/faster. Is very loud, you can tell how small it is. Handling is excellent."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"The transmission, steering and fun to drive factor in my CX-3 are top notch!"

STEVEN R., IL (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"The acceleration has a slight lag, but accelerates well after that. There is a "sports mode" that will temporarily speed the acceleration response.The steering is wonderfully responsive."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Agile. Excellent visibility. Excellent headlights. Lots of technology, all works well."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Lacks a little power but overall not bad for the size"

JOAO G., CT (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"It has great pickup, the AWD was one of the most important features when buying. The blind spot monitoring and rearview camera are great as well."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"It really is fun to drive. Handles like a dream very responsive."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Drives well and has outstanding handling"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Excellent handling, acceleration. Very nimble, has allowed me to avoid accidents/other issues multiple times in the last year."

LESLIE H., MA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"fun to drive"

RONALD B., OH (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Very responsive steering. Good acceleration and pretty smooth shifting."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Very agile and quick. Fun to drive."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"It really is fun to drive."

Cathy J., NJ (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"great handling"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Very responsive and great acceleration, especially for passing."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Dives and handles like a car with a much bigger engine."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"slightly underpowered, slow acceleration...fine at highway speeds"

Jay M., RI (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"the car has a lot of pep and accelerates and handles really nicely."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"fun to drive, handling. but too noisy"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"I didn't expect much from this little car but it excels in what it does. Great fun to drive, easy passes made (with some engine noise of course), handles great, wonderful in the snow."

Bruce E., OR (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"fun to drive"

Thomas M., NH (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"More than I expected in this class of car and plenty of options from auto sport mode to auto stick to have fun with it"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"The CX-3 acceleration is good from a stop, but if I 'gun it', trying to get around or ahead of traffic, it balks (hesitates). That is disappointing, since I bought it for the acceleration that I thought it had."

Alice G., WA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Zipping little car that handles well. But, it is just that, a "little" car, and precise handling comes at a cost of a very stiff ride. Prefer the ride on the highway, backroads that aren't nicely paved is felt like a kick in the pants."

Timothy S., MA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"For the size of the motor is has a lot of acceleration and suspension holds corners well"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Handling is excellent, nimble and fun. Acceleration is dismal and unappealing. The noise from the engine during acceleration is crude and unrefined. I would have gladly paid extra for a more capable engine."

Stanley D., IL (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"The car is fun to drive"

Elliot M., CA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"This is the All Wheel drive model and it is quick and responsive."

Mark V., CA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"The Mazda CX-3 handles curves very smoothly and has plenty of acceleration!"

Charles J., AR (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"It handles like a German car--very responsive, good acceleration"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda CX-3)


W D., CA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"very fun to drive"

Seth N., FL (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"drives like a sports car"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mazda CX-3)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"the cabin is a bit noisy but the seats are ultra confortable."

LOUIS-GIL L., QC (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Comfort is the main problem...driver seat is bucket and presses on hips. Back seat cramped for kids. Not a good long distance drive. Otherwise fairly comfortable."

ALICE G., WA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Leg room is lacking"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Back seat has minimal leg and head room. Designed for smaller than average person."

GEORGE Z., NY (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"The driver's seat isn't as firm as I'd like. I got sore from sitting in less than an hour on our first trip in the vehicle."

TOM W., MD (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Seats are extremely comfortable for me. A/C seems slow to distribute cool air around the cabin. Pretty noisy."

Anonymous, VT (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Road noise and choppy ride"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Very solid suspension. A little noisey at high RPM but 6 speed transmission helps. Excellend front seat support; we traded a Lexus to get more supportive seating"

Robert N., NC (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"road noise is excessive at freeway speeds, especially if the road surface is grainy. Seats are fine. Ride's ok for a small car."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"The driver's seat fits me like a glove - so comfortable that it was the major reason I purchased the car."

Anonymous, VT (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"It rides rough on the road and i hear road noise and air movement while driving it,"

Louise K., MN (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"wind and road noise is very noticeable and disappointing. Noise from the engine during acceleration seems unrefined and unappealing. The center armrest is a cheap piece of plastic that I only carefully place my arm on for fear of cracking or breaking and it creaks with any minimal weight placed on it. The seats are attractive and comfortable, the ride is acceptable. Sadly, power seat controls are not available at any trim line or cost for this vehicle."

Stanley D., IL (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"The CX-3 is relatively comfortable, except that the back seat is too cramped for my teen, and the front bucket seats get a bit uncomfortable after an hour or so. Otherwise it's ok."

Alice G., WA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Well shaped seat with easy adjustments. It's a really quiet ride."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Fairly comfortable ride but head rest tend to push head forward, ride noise is noticeable, rear headrests have to be removed to lay backseat flat."

Julie O., CO (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"biggest downside is road noise at relatively high speeds. seats ARE comfortable."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda CX-3)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Great value"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"CX-3 lease is quite reasonable"

Anonymous, RI (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"worth every penny"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"i like the pep, styling, parkability"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Well made car that is comfortable and handles well! Great gas mileage also!"

Charles J., AR (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"We love this car, its fun to drive, very economical (35 mpg) for an AWD, great in the snow (with snow tires), and just great looking, comfortable, with great seats and sound system, couldn't ask for more for the price."

Bruce E., OR (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"you get good value for your money"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda CX-3)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Poor exterior & interior color options. Parchment (off-white) - easily dirtied, or black - hot & boring for interior? Why not grey or saddle? Lots of dark exterior but no slate blue, like most other Mazda models, or pearl or something fun like Minis?"

JEFFREY W., DC (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Sportscar-like styling. I read that Mazda designed their cars to look like they're moving even when standing still, and I think they achieved that. Car has an aggressive look in the front (styling lines and headlights); interior looks upscale."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"It is very cute and fun to drive. I love the looks inside and out. Get lots of complements on it all the time. Being a single person the size is perfect. Can go to the barn and lug my gear and also parallel park in the city in small spaces. Cargo space is not an issue especially with the fold down seats. If I had to critique one thing it would be the drink holders under the center armrest. It's awkward and literally the only annoying thing about the car. Would not prevent me from rating it h"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"I love the look of the vehicle and am surprised I do not see more of them on the road ..... but I like that as well."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"Sleek styling sacrificed storage space. Glove compartment is cavernous making it difficult to find things, Would've been better to have 2 smaller compartments. No pocket on the back of the drivers seat. Arm rest/cup holder arrangement makes no sense. audio/navigation/phone controls should be on dash to be more visible and easier to reach"

Anonymous, VT (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"People like the looks of my Mazda CX-3, and I like the Soul Red paint."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Mazda CX-3)

"The styling is really nice in the CX-3. My car-guy friends love it, especially the inside, and I really like the look on the outside."

ALICE G., WA (2016 Mazda CX-3)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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