Mazda CX-3

2017 Mazda CX-3

Pros: Agile handling; peppy acceleration with good fuel economy; classy, high-quality interior trimmings; good selection of rare-for-the-class available safety and convenience features

Cons: Stingy cargo capacity and rear-seat space; some tedious infotainment-system controls; fold-down front-seat armrest blocks access to cupholders

CG Says: The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is little changed in its second year. Touring models now have standard 18-inch wheels. The subcompact CX-3 slots below the compact CX-5 in Mazda’s crossover lineup, and is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The sole powertrain is a 146-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Available features include keyless entry and starting, heated front seats, adaptive LED headlights, blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, and 18-inch wheels in place of 16s. An “i-Activsense” package for top-line Grand Touring models includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking. Even when measured against its similarly diminutive class competitors, the CX-3 is rather tight in rear-seat space and cargo room. However, its sporty driving demeanor, impressive list of available equipment, and all-around refinement make the CX-3 a fine choice in this segment.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mazda
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Sport: $19,960
AWD Sport: $21,210
Touring: $21,960
AWD Touring: $23,210
Grand Touring: $24,990
AWD Grand Touring: $26,240

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)