Overview (Final Score: B-)

Despite Mazda being one of the smallest automakers, they have consistently produced vehicles that not only stand up to models from larger automakers, but also have beaten in them in certain classes. A perfect example is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Introduced in 1989, the Miata brought back the idea of an affordable roadster from the fifties and sixties, and added reliability. A number of automakers tried to build a competitor to the Miata, but they all seem to fall flat for one reason or another. This is why many consider the Mazda Miata in a class by itself.

Mazda hopes to do something similar as they enter the growing subcompact crossover marketplace with the CX-3. It has Mazda’s SkyActiv technologies which should give it edge in fuel economy, along with the driving fun the brand is known for. But is that enough to stand out?

What We Loved About the 2016 Mazda CX-3

  • A fun to drive crossover
  • An exterior that stands out
  • Powertrain that is responsive

 

What We Didn’t Love About the 2016 Mazda CX-3

  • Small interior space for passengers and cargo
  • Abundance of road noise coming inside
  • Can get pretty expensive

 

For the full review, visit 2016 Mazda CX-3.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 3

 

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