2017-mazda-cx-3-reviewThe 2017 Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact SUV with a starting price of $19,960. It comes in three trims, all of which use the 2.0 liter engine with 146 horsepower. The estimated mpg for all trims are 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

The 2017 CX-3 uses the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch full color touch screen. It can also be used through voice command. Bluetooth, a USB port, steering wheel-mounted audio and push button start all come as standard.

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is one of the most sought after compact SUVs on the market and has very good fuel economy. It comes loaded with many standard features and is an exciting car to drive. It does suffer a bit from a smaller than usual cargo area and limited room in the rear seats.

Specs

The 2017 Macda CX-3 features a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 146 horsepower. It has plenty of power for city driving but could use just that little bit more for passing motorists on the highway at top speeds. The handling feels athletic and the steering responsive.

Quick from a take off the CX-3 has pretty good acceleration from low speeds. All CX-3 models use a 6-speed automatic transmission. Manual transmissions are not available on this model. Front-wheel drive comes as standard and you can upgrade to all-wheel drive for about an extra $1,300.

Because the same engine is used in all the trims the EPA estimated fuel economy is the same regardless of model. The 146 horsepower engine gets 29 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway. This is outstanding fuel economy for an SUV.

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Interior

The 2017 CX-3 cabin interior looks upscale and compares well to other SUVs on the market. It’s equipped with many of the latest tech features but does have smaller cargo space than some rivals.

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The CX-3 comes with push button start and power windows that include the driver’s touch down/up feature. The air conditioning system uses a pollen filter to remove allergens. Keyless remote entry comes as standard, as does the 6-speaker audio system.

The 2017 CX-3 uses the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system that includes a 7-inch full color touch screen, giving you easy access to all the controls from a central position. A rearview camera also comes as standard on the base trim, as does Bluetooth, cruise control and advanced front and side air bags.

Price

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is available as either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. All models come with an automatic transmission. The base trim, the CX-3 Sport has a starting price of $19.960 for the FWD and $21,220 for AWD. The other two trims have a starting price of $21,960 for the Touring and $24,990 for the Grand Touring.

Alternatives

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is one of the highest ranked subcompact SUVs. For alternatives you may want to have a look at the 2016 Honda HR-V, the 2016 Jeep Renegade and the 2016 Buick Encore.