Great fun for the $$. 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Tourin
written on 10-08-2017
Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
Traded a 2005 Mazda 6 with 110k and was looking at the New 3's with the 2.5l engine but this one caught my eye. Never liked the Crossovers much but this was different. The style is great and the features are what I expected for much more $$ in other brands. For a great run around car this is nirvana. 35+mpg so far, Bose sterio, safety features +++, phone, tablet friendly. Cruising around Vegas in traffic or 70+mph this car is awesome and a lot of Fun. Extremly responsive in city, and quiet on highway which I did not expect. Back seat and cargo are a bit small, but 99% of my driving is alone so no biggie for me. The lack of middle armrest is a bit weird but the center controller is awesome. If you are in the market for a Crossover, Do yourself a treat and give this car a test drive. For 26k you just cant beat it. Zoom Zoom
It has a smooth, firm ride, and the steering is responsive. The CX 3 handles curves, corners, and turns extremely well. Cannot wait to take it on winding country roads and scenic drives when I travel far enough away from Chicago and suburbs. The compact SUV size makes this the perfect urban ride that can handle starts and stops. Very good burst when light goes green. This is a useful vehicle that can also be fun to drive for distances. Interior and dash design are awesome, IMO. Everything is within reach, and the center strip knobs below the gear shift make it easy to operate the stereo, the sound, the station, the XM channels, or any of the modes this 7-inch tablet style screen offers. Screen visibility is very good. Back up camera imaging is crystal clear. Blind spot and lane warning signals provided on side mirrors, with accompanying beep sound when other vehicles are getting close in other lanes. Stereo system is excellent, with 7-speaker Bose sound system. I purchased the AWD due to winter conditions that come and go here. But the CX 3 does not seem confined by this, as it drives and handles like a FWD in stable weather, while AWD kicks in when snow and ice are present. I am enjoying the CX 3 very much, and look forward to several more years owning this. BTW, the CX 3 boasts a sporty appearance, with smooth flowing sides, an elegant front, and well designed rear with easy hatch and dual exhausts.
I am 5'3" and looking over the hood is a problem....I had to buy a tail bone cushion to raise me up another 2" so that I can see over the hood.....The hood should be slanted down a little for better visibility for short people.....I am still trying to learn all the electronics and there is many to learn and understand...I have not checked miles per gallon and it has a small gas tank
This is a small SUV with Mazda's usual attention to everything. We wanted something safe and reliable for our daughter to use mainly commuting. The CX-3 doesn't pretend to be anything its not. Storage space is minimal, but the competitive offerings weren't much different. I was told that the rear seating space was lousy, but spent a couple hours back there on a recent drive (I'm 6') and was not uncomfortable. I don't know that I would want to go cross country in the back seat though. As usual with Mazda, the little SUV holds the road well. Safety features that cost extra in some competitors are standard.