The demand for crossovers is ever increasing and automakers continue to give consumers more choices to meet their active lifestyle needs. Enter the new 2016 Mazda CX-3 compact crossover, a pint-size sport-ute ideal for small families, city dwellers, or empty-nesters who want something stylish, fun-to-drive, and able to fit into tight spaces.
Mazda’s new compact crossover gets a 2.0-liter engine that is good for 146 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 146 lb-ft of torque at low 2,800 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission is the only available gearbox with the front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive layouts. EPA estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg city/35 mpg highway/31 mpg combined for the FWD configuration. Estimated gas mileage for AWD models are a little less — 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway/29 mpg combined.
Inside the smartly designed cabin of the CX-3 is MAZDA CONNECTTM, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. All 2016 CX-3 compact crossovers have a backup camera, push-button start/stop, power windows, power door locks, and remote keyless entry.
Today’s crossover packs more technology and safety features than ever before. Step up to the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels, and the following features are standard equipment: Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, heated door mirrors, a center armrest, and leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter.
The Grand Touring trim adds even more content with a power moonroof, adaptive front lighting system, head-up display, leather, 7-speaker Bose premium audio system with SiriusXM satellite and HD radio, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and LED lights all-around. Choose the optional Grand Touring i-ACTIVSENSE package–which includes advanced features such as adaptive cruise control, Smart City Brake Support, automatic high beam control, lane departure warning, and rain-sensing wipers–and get features usually available in larger and more expensive cars.
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is expected to go on sale mid-August. Starting MSRP for the entry-level Sport with FWD is $19,960; Mazda’s iACTIV all-wheel drive is only an additional $1,250 and actively monitors temperature, road conditions, steering angle, and weather to optimize power to each individual wheel for better performance and stability.
MSRP** for each CX-3 trim level is as follows (add $1,250 to each model for i-ACTIV all-wheel drive):
- CX-3 Sport: $19,960
- CX-3 Touring: $21,960
- Touring Technology Package: $1,410
- CX-3 Grand Touring: $24,990
- i-ACTIVSENSE safety package: $1,920
** MSRP does not include $880 for destination and handling ($925 in Alaska).
Mazda CX-3 class competitors: Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, MINI Countryman
Check out this fun and informative TFLcar video review of the 2015 CX-5 with Emme Hall.