2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD

This modern ride is 95 percent grocery getter, 5 percent Miata: a small, efficient crossover.

  • Likes
  • Value
  • interior finish
  • sportiness
  • Dislikes
  • Limited rear seat & cargo room

Mazda enters the ballooning small-crossover market with the CX-3. A sleek, modern crossover with the best fuel-economy in its class and lots of power to boot. The all-new model is meant to serve as a compact SUV for city dwellers and even suburban drivers alike. Competing with similar crossovers, including the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke and Fiat 500X, the CX-3 distinguishes itself with better steering and a well-designed interior. As with all of its recent "skyactiv" product line, the CX-3's fuel-economy is near the top of its class.

In line with Mazda's efforts to build a reputation as the company that makes "fun-to-drive" cars, the CX-3 exhibits more responsive handling and more communicative steering than most crossovers. Despite a fair amount of body roll and a undefeatable stability control system, the CX-3 can hustle down back roads with a reasonable facsimile of eagerness.

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD we sampled had a well-designed interior. Borrowing cues from the excellent Mazda 3 and Miata, the CX-3's cabin feels sporty and focused. However, we did find that the placement of the cup holders was a little awkward, a necessary concession to the narrowness of the car.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance,

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Specs

Base Price: $26,240

  • 27 / 32 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.5 sec
  • 0-60
  • 146 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 125 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter inline-4
  • Horsepower: 146 hp
  • Torque: 146
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 2,809 lbs
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc with ABS
  • Suspension: Independent MacPherson strut front; multilink rear
  • Traction: Traction and stability control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 7.5 sec
  • Top Speed: 125 mph
  • EPA City: 27 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 32 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 29 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5

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