Mazda CX-3

Model Overview

Although the Mazda2 isn’t returning to the North American market for a second generation, the Mazda CX-3 serves as the automaker’s entry-level crossover. Like the rest of the vehicles in Mazda’s lineup, the CX-3 features engaging driving dynamics and is one of the most fun to drive entries in the growing subcompact crossover class.

The Latest Generation

Because it’s based on a subcompact car, the CX-3 has a much smaller interior than the compact Mazda3 hatchback. In comparison, the CX-3 has 10.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and only 42.3 cubic feet down versus the Mazda3 hatchback, which has 20.2 cubic feet and 47.1 cubic feet respectively.

We were generally impressed with the CX-3 and in a 2016 First Test, saying that its interior is a stand out and felt luxurious. The car’s driving dynamics is confidence-inspiring and acceleration is quicker than many rivals save for the more powerful Nissan Juke. In a 2015/2016 subcompact crossover comparison test, the CX-3 landed in second place, hindered by its high cost of ownership and lack of interior space.

Why You’d Consider One

Even though there are more powerful vehicles in its class, the Mazda CX-3 is one of the most fun to drive. The car’s interior also score high marks for its attractiveness and build quality.

Why You’d Look Elsewhere

Interior space is where the Mazda CX-3 falls short compared to competitors including the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and Subaru Crosstrek.

Body Types: SUV/Crossover
Overall Rating:
3.5 of 5

Rating based on 2019 Model

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