CX-3 - Mazda's newest addition
Mazda has marked its entry into the sub-compact crossover segment with the CX-3. Based on the platform of the Mazda 2 sedan, the CX-3 manages to provide adequate head and legroom throughout the cabin as well as a respectable cargo area. The interior is sporty, and the instrument cluster has a racing-inspired feel with an oversized tachometer.
Mazda utilises unique colour schemes and high-quality materials. Our Dynamic Blue Mica tester was handsomely finished with ivory and burgundy leather and suede inserts present on the dashboard, seats, and door handles.
The CX-3 also features a seven-inch touch screen controlled by a rotary knob with dedicated function buttons around it by the gear selector.
Loaded with driver-assistance technology, the CX-3 is equipped with head-up display
illustrating the current speed, lane-departure warning, and collision detection. Engine auto start/stop and adaptive cruise control are also features of the CX-3 we tested. While meandering along the congested roads of Kingston, the auto/start stop function was one of the smoothest and most unnoticeable ones experienced.
Powered by a 'SKYACTIV' 2000cc 4-cylinder engine, the car is peppy with a 'can-do' attitude. The sport-tuned suspension and taut handling makes the CX-3 a fun car to drive. Power is delivered to an all-wheel drive system through a six-speed automatic transmission. The electric steering is well tuned and makes manoeuvering effortless in the CX-3. The driving position is elevated, providing a good view of surroundings and provides the feeling of driving a much larger SUV.
The exterior of the CX-3 is enhanced by dramatic 18" wheels and Mazda's current Kodo design language. Upscale detailing is carried throughout the exterior and interior of the car, adding a luxurious touch.
The CX-3 is a trendy, well-designed subcompact crossover that provides good fuel economy and an enjoyable driving experience.
Model Tested: 2016 Mazda CX-3
Engine: 2000cc 4-cylinder Petrol
Fuel Consumption: 8.8L/100KM
f LCD Touchscreen Bluetooth Radio
f Head-up Display (HUD)
f Push-to-start technology, Keyless Entry/Exit - Key Fob
f Engine Auto Start/Stop
Price as tested: $4.85M
Competitors: Hyundai Creta, Nissan Qashqai, Suzuki Vitara, Mitsubishi ASX, Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V
Vehicle Provided by: Executive Motors. Tel: 929-5274. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Competing vehicles: Suzuki Vitara, Asx, Hr-v 2015 and Nissan Qashqai
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