Mazda CX-3: Compact yet Loaded for Adventure

 

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The Mazda CX-3 is envisioned to take on adventures off road and to navigate city streets in luxury and style. The Mazda CX-3 is Mazda’s offering in the Compact Crossover segment. The Compact Crossover Segment is a favorite for people looking for vehicles that take can drive away from the city for adventure with the family. The segment has fierce competition like the Honda HR-V, Toyota Rush, and Nissan Kicks. The Compact Crossover Segment is a relatively newer segment relative to other vehicle classes but despite that, the competition is stiff in the crowded market segment but the Mazda CX-3 is able to stand out from the rest of the competition with its beautiful design, powerful performance, and excellent safety ratings.

 

Mazda CX-3 Overview

 

Mazda has adapted their Kodo design philosophy in all their vehicles and the graceful lines of the Mazda CX-3 are evidence of Mazda’s continued pursuit of automotive excellence. The Mazda CX-3 stands out from the rest of subcompact crossover because it offers more than just good looks and sporty lines, it also has the performance and fun to drive vibe that comes with all of Mazda’s car.

 

Mazda has outdone itself in the design of the CX-3 because of its careful attention to detail and minute refinements that can be found outside and inside the vehicle. The subtle yet elegant floating roofline to premium quality trims and side panels all contribute to the Mazda CX-3’s refined yet aggressive stance.

 

The Mazda CX-3 comes in two drive configurations, the front wheel drive and all wheel drive variants with four trims. The Mazda CX-3 has one engine and transmission configuration across all variants.

 

Mazda CX-3 Exterior

 

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The Mada CX-3 despite its 3 nomenclature is more closely related to the Mazda 2 than the bigger Mazda 3 sedan. The CX-3 is the Mazda 2 with sports shoes on. Its strong and aggressive design cues echo than from its bigger cousins like the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 and reflect Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy and their sporty Zoom-Zoom tagline.

The exterior design of the Mazda CX-3 is well proportioned and balanced from the wide bumpers with angular headlights and fog lamps, to the aggressive grille, graceful lines, floating roofline, and well sculpted rear bumpers. The sporty design is a prelude of the powerful engine under the hood.

 

Mazda CX-3 Interior

 

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Mazda CX-3 has achieved a perfect balance of luxury, refinement, and practicality in the design of the interior of the Mazda CX-3. The vehicle is pleasantly equipped with features and functions that are commonly found in bigger and high-end cars like push-button start across all variants. The vehicle also has some high tech modern features standard across all variants like wireless entry, steering wheel with audio, Bluetooth, and cruise control. All variants have AUX, and USB input to their entertainment system standard.

 

CX-3 Skyactiv GS 2wd

 

The Mazda CX-3 Skyactiv GS 2wd is the base model of all the trims but despite that, the GS trim is still packed with modern features and a refined interior. The GS trim is equipped with a 4-speaker entertainment system,  aircon with heater, height adjustable sliding and reclining seats and 60:40 foldable rear seats for extra cargo spaces.

 

CX-3 Skyactiv GT 2wd

 

The GT variant has trim improvements over the GS like an entertainment system equipped with a TFT screen plus command switch. The GT infotainment system is also equipped with 6 speakers for a better listening experience. The GT trim also has a center armrest and an overhead console for sunshades.

 

CX-3 Skyactiv GTL 2wd

 

The GTL 2wd trim is the high-end trim level of the 2wd configuration with upgraded entertainment systems, improved trims in the door panel, side panel, and center console. The GTL is also equipped with a leather steering wheel and shift knob.

 

CX-3 Skyactiv GTX awd

 

The sole trim level of the all-wheel-drive variant of the Mazda CX-3 is the GTX. It offers top of the line premium entertainment system and is equipped with a 7 speaker Bose audio system and infotainment with Heads up display. The interior seats of the CX-3 GTX takes luxury to a whole new notch with pure white leather equipped with power adjustment and memory function.

 

The GTX variant is also equipped with the latest tech and gadgets like automatic rain sensing front wipers. The GTX also has a leather steering wheel with cruise control and entertainment systems plus paddle shifters that help drivers concentrate more on the roadway.

 

Engine and Transmission Performance

 

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The Mazda CX-3 only has one engine and transmission configuration across the lineup. It has a 4 cylinder in-line gasoline engine with 16 valves and has a displacement of 1998cc. The engine is capable of delivering 148 PS at 6000 Rpm and 198 NM of torque at 2800 Rpm. The 4 cylinder engine delivers more than enough power to give the car its sporty performance. The engine is perfectly matched with a 6-speed Skyactiv transmission that delivers power efficiently and economically.

 

Safety Features

 

The Mazda CX-3 has plenty of active and passive safety features that are standard across all trim and variants like the ABS-equipped brakes with EBD and traction control. Dynamic Stability control is also standard along with dual airbags, electric parking brakes with auto hold and a speed alarm.

 

The Mazda CX-3 has a 5-star overall rating for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It also has a 5-star rating for a frontal collision, 5-star rating for side-impact collisions, and a 5-star rating for roll-overs.

 

Conclusion

 

The Mazda CX-3 is one of the best compact cross-overs available and will surely satisfy the need for speed and adventure of its drivers. The Mazda CX-3 combines the ride and handling of a sedan and the visibility of a compact SUV. It is at home in the city and in the wide open roads. With its 5-star safety rating, it is a favorite for families with children and is among the most demanded vehicle in the ezhire fleet.

 

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