Disclaimer: Thanks to Mazda for letting me test drive the 2017 Mazda CX-3 in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Recently, we had the chance to test drive the 2017 Mazda CX-3. It has been a long time since we’ve been in such a fun car. This compact crossover SUV holds some of the great features of a larger crossover while keeping the moves to handle city and off-road handling.
2017 Mazda CX-3 – A Sporty Way to Commute and Play
The Quick Specs:
- Type: Compact Crossover SUV
- Price: Starting at $19,960
- Seats: 5
- MPG: 29 city/34 hwy (FWD); 27 city/32 hwy (AWD)
- Best For: Families with tweens/teens, commuter car
2017 Mazda CX-3 Review – Space
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is a compact crossover SUV. You can expect to see similar features to the Mazda CX-5, such as a hatchback, features and technology. However, the hatchback is significantly smaller. You will not be able to comfortably store a stroller and pick-up groceries, for example. We were able to fit our large shopping trip in the back, but that was about it.
This vehicle is a 5-seater. While our car seats did fit comfortably into the backseat, the room between the front and back was short. I needed to move the passenger seat closer to the dash for our daughter to sit comfortably in her car seat.
Overall, the ride is very comfortable for two. Without our kids in the car, my husband and I could put the seats back for stretched seating. This is why I think this would be an excellent choice for a family with tweens/teens or a commuter car that can also be used for distance driving. A good amount of space, but smaller from the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9.
2017 Mazda CX-3 Review – Performance
My husband and I had a lot of fun in this car. It has some get up and go with its’ SKYACTIV-G 2.0L 146 HP at 6K rpm engine. The transmission is 6-Speed automatic with a manual-shift and Sport mode; which makes the drive even more fun. I’ll admit, I’ve never been one to drive a stick-shift, however; my husband showed me how to properly work the manual-shift mode and I was hooked.
The steering and breaking is very touchy. It really did feel like I was driving a go-kart. You eventually get used to it, but something to keep in mind when first driving. The turn radius is pretty killer though. I’d say 3-point-turns are nearly a thing of the past in this car.
The gas mileage did better than I had expected from the specs. We took several drives into the city without needing to fill the tank. We also noticed the Hill Launch Assist, which is a nice feature living here in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. The halogen headlights are something else I’d like to make note of. You will have no problems seeing with these. I would say I could see about three times more of my surroundings than with standard headlights.
2017 Mazda CX-3 Review -Technology
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 had all of the bells and whistles I expected from the previous Mazda models I have driven. I’ve fallen in love with all of their features. My husband now asks about the available BOSE audio system. A natural favorite feature of his.
I personally am a fan of the center console controls. I like that I can easily navigate the infotainment system from radio selections to GPS navigation. It has become very familiar to use.
I noticed the feature in the armrest where you can slide in your smartphone. Having a Samsung Note 5, I didn’t think my phone would fit. Surprisingly, it did! A helpful feature to keep your phone from sliding around and accessible without distraction.
Overall, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 was an enjoyable car to test drive. It is a vehicle I would choose to commute with on a daily basis. Like I mentioned, the space isn’t as convenient as other vehicles and Mazda’s I have test drove, but it is enough to get around in. The drive is smooth and easy, making for a comfortable commute. I also noticed the the interior front seats basically conformed to my body. Making for a better ride. With the luxury look and feel of this compact crossover, you’ll feel like you can ride in style while taking on anything the road gives you.