2016 Mazda CX-3 Review

The CX-3 is Mazda’s latest product, featuring edgy design and a fun, feisty attitude. 2016 Mazda CX-3 belongs to the class of compact SUV`s, in this category of vehicles is great competition and it is difficult to reach customers.


In comparison to CX-5 crossover, Mazda CX-3 is about 11” shorter front to back, 4” shorter from the top, and pulled about 3” inside. However, there are still buyers who find CX-3 too large.

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The exterior design of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is inspired by a new version of the Mazda 2 hatchback. The styling introduces Mazda’s latest design motif Kodo, meaning “soul of motion”. The vehicle is enriched with a trapezoidal grille, nicely shaped fenders and high waistline.

The designers have particularly focused their attention on the lighting. Through featuring LED elements, the headlights have gained a fresh and modern look. Mazda is planning on retaining and applying this look to the future models.

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Although it’s obvious that the interior isn’t the highlight of the 2016 Mazda CX-3, you can’t say that it’s uninspired.

The CX-3 is said to go further than CX-5 and Mazda 6 when it comes to upper trim levels, stitched and padded synthetic leather surfaces, genuine leather-suede upholstery, and metallic and colored panels.

The trunk capacity hasn’t been announced yet, but based on the interior photos, the capacity should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 12.4 ft3.

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As for the infotainment part, the CX-3 offers Bluetooth connectivity and Mazda Connect smartphone integration, including Aha Internet radio as well as hands-free text-messaging, whereas combined dial controller and touchscreen display should control both navigation and entertainment.

According to the company, the vehicle features a “wheel slip warning detection system” also known as world first. However, more details will be available once the CX-3 is released, most probably this summer.

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Engine and performance

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 uses a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine, similar to the one the Mazda 3 and CX-5 use. The company hasn’t revealed the CX-3 power numbers yet, but it’s known that this type of engine produces 155 hp and 150 pound-feet of torque in the aforementioned vehicles. There’s been some talk of a 6-speed automatic as the only available transmission in the USA, while elsewhere in the world the CX-3 should be equipped with manual transmission. Mazda’s all-wheel-drive system will be optional, whereas front-wheel-drive system is standard.

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According to expectations based on the results scored at the test drive with Mazda 3 which uses the same engine, the CX-3 should be capable of accelerating 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds.

Price and release date

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 should appear on the market in the summer of 2015. Although officially the price still remains unknown, the rumor has it that the base model price should start at approximately $20,000.

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