Love the handling and styling of my new Mazda CX-3
written on 11-04-2015
I had a 2016 Acura that I purchased earlier this year and it had a defect that could not be fixed so I decided to trade that car in. I saw the CX-3 on the road and loved the styling. I started researching and read the really good reviews on Consumer Reports and other various you tube reviews. I went and test drove the car and was not disappointed. I had a Mazda 6 in the past and this car handles like a little sports car and is very fun to drive. The acceleration is great, fit and finish are first rate. I was disappointed that you could not get a power seat, but to be honest I have not missed it. The Bose System sounds great, the navigation, bluetooth and infotainment system are really easy to use. There is a mute button instead of an on/off switch for the stereo so that also took some getting use to. The gas milage is really good and even with it small fuel tank I am only filling up once a week. For a small car the ride is very good, it is firm, but that is what makes it such a great handling car. Road noise is really good and even though the engine has a course sound to it, it sounds really sporty. I choose Soul Red with Almond Leather interior, it is beautiful. Update: The Mazda CX-3 is a great car, I still love it now with 6700 miles. It really handles well, has great acceleration for a small engine and looks very attractive.
Well, my parents and I have owned our CX-3 for seven months and I have to say it's still a great little car! It has a little over 5600 miles (yeah, I know, that's not a lot. It should have way more at this point!) and drives like a sporty champ! Although it's not my car, it's my parents, I still have my fair share in driving it. As much as it is fun and sporty to drive, it does have a couple cons going for it. But let's start with the pros. Firstly, the simplistic interior layout comes in handy very well when compared to the thousands of complicated buttons and gadgets that make up many cars today. You have your simple climate control nobs, user-friendly buttons on the steering wheel, an easy-to-read instrument cluster, a well shifting dual-clutch transmission, a big built-in screen mounted on the dash that's easy to read and function, and rounded a/c vents with air flow control. It even has a CD player which comes handy to old-school music-lovers like my parents and I who rely on CD's. To me, that's all you really need to make for a great daily driver! The styling cues are what really makes this Mazda stand out from other cars. Every time when we're in a parking lot and examining all the other cars around, nothing compares to the look of this one. This is one of the most stylish-looking compacts in this segment, with its predatory stance, sleek body lines, soft corners, and pointy lights and grille. That's what makes Mazdas great overall. They keep a simplistic layout while still expressing aggressive and sleek body lines and curves, both inside and out. The acceleration is great in heavy traffic or open road. When you need to get up and go, this car will deliver with no hesitation. I always end up leaving other cars behind me in the dust because of its great pep. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a speeder, but when I drive this sometimes, it sure feels like it! Braking distance is superb! If you need to stop quickly, it sure will brake hard, which is good. The 4-wheel pads are very sturdy and stiff. It comes in handy to be alert for not-so-smart drivers out there! The crash safety rating is very comforting. The IIHS recently released the frontal and side crash test ratings and was rated an IIHS Safety+. That's very good to know, especially for a compact! As great as it may seem to be, it's had a few cons going for it. Firstly, the rather cheap plastics. My pet peeve with this car is the wrap-around plastic. You know how plastics are. They easily scratch, discolor, pop off, or crunch if in an accident. Although newer plastics have gotten better, they're still a little cheap. I've noticed many chips, scratches, and sun-faded areas all around the plastic. I use Turtle Wax trim restorer on it every once in a while, but I still see them. The inside has its fair share in hard-touch plastics too and as a result, there are many scratches, especially in the occupied areas. One example is the panel that's aside where the seat-belt rests. Since the seat-belt constantly rubs and hits that area, there are many scratches on it. Although you can't really help that, it doesn't look the greatest. It may sound like OCD, bit I just happen to notice areas that others don't really pay attention to. Recently, we had to go to our dealer to look at the driver side headlight because of a leaking problem. Several weeks ago, I noticed when I washed the car and was starting to dry it, water and moisture seeped inside the driver-side headlight lens. The bulb still worked, but if it we waited any longer, it would've blew. So, the dealership had to replace the lens in a two-hour process but it was worth it. Ever since, the light has been fine. However, the original light shouldn't have done that in the first place. The main drawback to this car is the lack of storage capacity. Like I said before, even a small load of groceries will fill the trunk! Even when the rear seats are folded down, there's still a lack of space. Good luck trying to load big and bulky boxes in there! We've done that before but it was a pain! The space was so cramped that the box actually scraped up the headliner towards the back, which really irked me! So if you're a light traveler, this may be the best option. If you want a more family-oriented car, I'd go to its bigger brother, the CX-5. On the whole, it's a great little car! It's had its fair share in cons, but when you think about it, all cars have that. There's no such thing as a perfect car in my book. Every car is going to have its ups and downs, and many people are going to focus on the pros rather than the cons. That's what this is. It has more pros than cons which is something to be desired. I would still recommend this car to any person who's looking for a daily driver that's practical, sporty, fun, stylish, and light-weight with enough room for family and friends and a little bit of light storage. Zoom zoom!
I've had the CX-3 Sport AWD for about two months and I can honestly say that it handles incredibly well. The drive is very comfortable, and engine is very responsive. Cabin noise is very minimal (compared to my 2013 Honda Fit, this Mazda CX-3 is a massive improvement). I'm averaging about 26 MPG with mostly city driving. Seats are very comfortable and the technology inside is very user friendly and ergonomic. Only drawback is that the back seat is small. But other than that everything is great!
I've owned the car for about a month and so far I love it. The interior is the nicest I've ever owned. The car is surprisingly quick for only 146hp, and is much more fun to drive than the CX-5. The NHSTA safety scores were just released and it scored the highest 5 Star rating. It's one of those cars that looks more expensive than it is. It has a perfect balance of luxury and sporty fun to drive dynamics. The only cons are that the cargo space isn't the best if the back seats are up and in use, and the fuel tank capacity is too small for this car. I have too many trips to the gas station compared to previous cars I've owned. It really needs an additional 1 or 2 gallons more capacity and then it would be perfect. Overall, great car though. *Update: After owning the car for 7 months and racking up about 14k miles, I'm still enjoying the car and its been very reliable so far. The only issue is the navigation software has some issues every now and then, but that can be corrected by a future firmware upgrade. The other thing that can get annoying is the armrest/cup holder set up. This needs to be changed/upgraded in future models. --I recently had the opportunity to take a 6 hour road trip with my family of 4(including me) driving up the coast of California. The car handled everything well, especially a heavily rain storm we caught on the way up. The AWD was excellent. The car was so steady, with NO hydroplanning at all. I averaged about 33mpg highway miles on the trip. Again though, the biggest issues that needs to be addressed in future models is a larger gas tank. Just another gallon or 2 would be perfect, otherwise I've been getting less than 300 miles on a full tank. Don't get me wrong, no car is perfect, I still love the car and am glad I bought it. It's a great and unique looking car and fun to drive.
6-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport and manual modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Numberswise the CX-3 is one of the quicker cars in the class, although the engine never feels all that eager. It's not thrashy at high rpm, but it is pretty loud and never sounds great. When you first hit the gas pedal from a stop there is about a half-second delay, then it gets off the line well but not in an abrupt fashion. Upshifts are quick, and seemed a bit quicker with Sport mode engaged. It always upshifts at 6,500 rpm regardless of gear or mode. We tried manual shifting, too, and matched the best Drive mode time. With manual shifting you need to start the 1-2 upshift at about 6,000 rpm, though, because the revs will still rise after the shift and you need to stay out of the 6,500-rpm limiter. Power-braking (overlapping throttle and brake prior to launch to bring the revs up) improved times by about three-tenths, and it would even get a slight amount of front wheelspin. Manual shifting is via steering wheel paddles or the console lever (push forward for downshifts). It blips the throttle on downshifts and holds gears to a 6,500-rpm limiter in manual mode.
A reasonably good braking performance. The brake pedal was medium-firm with a short travel, which helped give the whole stopping experience more confidence. Nosedive was well-controlled and the CX-3 tracked perfectly straight every time. It exhibited considerably more ABS noise than most cars. You didn't feel the pulsing through the pedal but you could hear all the electronic actions going on to keep the tires from locking up. The first stop was the shortest at 121 feet, with the fourth stop the longest at 126 feet and the sixth and final stop at 125 feet.
Slalom: Stable, intuitive and quick with good steering feel but also lots of body roll. Better roll control would make this a sharper handler, but as small SUVs go, this is one of the best. Impressively easy to drive quick. Typical Mazda precision and control with minimal intervention from non-defeat stability control system (ESC). Skid pad: Grip feels reasonable, but truly this is just an exercise in working the ESC, which takes over the situation early. You can just plant the gas pedal to the floor and steer, whether with traction control on or off, and the ESC system modulates throttle and speed.