Mazda CX-3: Crossing Sensible With Fun

Crossover vehicles have taken the auto industry by storm. Combining the handling and spaciousness of an SUV with the smaller profile and sportiness of a compact vehicle, it’s no wonder the crossover has become such a popular vehicle. Responding to the rising demand of crossovers, the Mazda has created the CX-3, which has both the sportiness and the practicality car buyers are looking for.

Styling

Image via Flickr by Insert Magazine

Image via Flickr by Insert Magazine

The Mazda CX-3 is styled like a much more expensive vehicle, with a thoughtfully crafted and minimalist interior that plays off contrasting colors and a sleek design. For the lowest-tier trim, the Sport, the seats are covered in a modern black monotone cloth. Leatherette is the next step up, available with the Touring trim. The top of the line, Grand Touring, has leather and Lux Suede with second color piping for a stylish, luxurious interior.

The upright design of the CX-3 allows for a generous dashboard with relatively few instruments, making the car’s features easier to operate and control. A 7-inch display screen comes standard and is housed in Mazda’s innovative “Head’s Up Cockpit” design for ease of access. The technology included is just a finger touch away and includes SMS functionality and music connectivity. Despite all the fancy tech built in, the Mazda CX-3 keeps a clean, uncluttered dashboard for a streamlined yet practical design.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is rapidly becoming one of the most important selling points when potential buyers are looking at vehicles. The Mazda CX-3 is keeping pace with the rest of the industry with an excellent EPA rating that places it as one of the best fuel-efficient crossovers available. With the standard front wheel drive setup, the CX-3 gets 29 miles to the gallon in the city and 35 on the highway. The all-wheel drive option slightly reduces those numbers to 27 in the city and 32 on the highway.

Capacity

With the upright height of an SUV but the length of a sedan, the CX-3 is a practical vehiclethat works great for commuters and small families alike. The vehicle doesn’t have the storage space of an SUV, but the luggage space available in the trunk and the backseat is enough for smaller families or road trips with friends.

Because of the small frame length, the CX-3 is easy to park and lacks the cumbersome body of a traditional SUV. Two rows of seats make enough room to seat four comfortably, and five when needed. The seats are particularly comfortable due to Mazda’s careful consideration of their buyers.

Power

The Mazda CX-3 is not a sports vehicle, but it’s still an entertaining drive with up to 146 horsepower with a quick-responding six-speed automatic transmission that adds a little extra fun to the four-cylinder engine. One of the strongest points of the engine is the 13.0:1 compression rate for a snappier driving experience.

A strong competitor in the market, the Mazda CX-3 is a solid addition to the Mazda lineup that can easily transition from a personal to a family vehicle, not to mention its excellent fuel economy.

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