The Mazda CX-3 is a sharp looking compact crossover, which is smaller than the CX-5 (like the name suggests) and is closely related to the Mazda 2. The CX-3 is so competent and convincing, that Mazda decided to put the Mazda 2 to rest to avoid cannibalization. The CX-3 is unmistakably Mazda is design with that Mazda family face and sharply cut rear. The plastic cladding all around and the right use of chrome highlighting makes the CX-3 stand out.
The interiors on the CX-3 are minimalistic, quirky and unconventional, but definitely add to the sporty character of the compact crossover. The centrally placed tachometer, the rotary AC controls, the soft touch dashboard with stitched-effect leatherette together create a really nice cabin. But being a compact crossover, do not expect too much space on the inside. Space can at best be described as adequate and the rising beltline and small windows don’t help either.
The only engine option is the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine which generates a decent 146HP and 192Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed transmission that is fast and responsive. The steering is well weighted and the suspension is taut and has been set up for handling over ride quality, and makes piloting the CX-3 a real treat. However, due to a tall floor hump, the rear seat occupants don’t get to have as much fun as the driver gets to have.
The CX-3 can be specified in three variants – Skyactiv GS in 2WD, and Skyactiv GT & GTX in AWD configurations. Standard safety ticks on ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and surprisingly ESP too. The GT variant gets side and curtain airbags, traction control and blind spot monitoring. The GTX gets lane departure warning, smart brake and auto leveling LED headlamps in addition. GT gets auto AC, cruise control, rear camera on the convenience features front, while the GTX gets adaptive cruise control, navigation support and heads-up display to create a well-equipped compact crossover.
|Engine||I4 2.0 AWD|
|No. Of Gears||6A|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
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