The smallest iteration of Mazda’s SKYACTIV-generation lineup might just be one of its mightiest, as the 2017 CX-3 returns for its second model year a proven companion for whatever the road may throw its way—from urban sprawl to the wilds of winter or the Great Outdoors.
CX-3 boasts a very strong resumé after just one year on the market, from its Northwest Automotive Press Association 2016 overall class win at Mudfest, handling the beaten path with ease while toppling tough competition, to its finalist status as a 2016 World Car Design of the Year candidate alongside the eventual winner, Mazda’s own MX-5 miata roadster. Debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, CX-3 was developed to “Create the standard for the next era.” It’s a vehicle designed to meet the needs of a new generation of car buyers, supporting creative, adventurous lifestyles.
CX-3 is shorter and lower than Mazda’s best-selling CX-5 but delivers a similarly upmarket experience with its available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, a punchy 146-horsepower, 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine and Mazda’s full suite of i-ACTIVSENSE safety features available, including lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, Smart Brake Support, rear camera, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC). CX-3 is tailored to deliver a rich, inviting experience not just for its driver, but also for its passengers, with rear seats set slightly inboard to ease conversation between front and rear passengers.
It is a vehicle with interior details that look and feel as elegant as they are forward-thinking, from the dark red seat stitching to the soft touch materials. And it is a vehicle that carries itself with style, with a long hood, short overhangs, large wheels and a slim cabin, presenting proportions that lend themselves to a sense of strength and vitality, conveying a sense of motion even when standing still.
For 2017, CX-3 continues its successful formula. Entry CX-3 Sport trim level remains unchanged. The mid-level CX-3 Touring adopts 18-inch wheels, trickling down from the Grand Touring trim level. And as for the CX-3 Grand Touring? It’s more of the same subcompact crossover that’s won over fans, owners and media worldwide. Only now, its i-ACTIVSENSE package of safety features costs less–$750 less, to be exact. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for features like Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support and lane-departure warning, among other options, comes in at $1,170.
In the quickly growing subcompact crossover segment, CX-3 stands alone with its attention to detail, purposeled ergonomics and amenities. Standard inside all CX-3s is a push-button start and MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment offering Bluetooth phone pairing, audio streaming, USB ports for entertainment connectivity and Commander control knob, as well as a standard seveninch color touchscreen interface with a built-in backup monitor – all means of keeping connected in a quickpaced environment.
MAZDA CONNECTTM also features SMS text message audio delivery and reply, voice command and Aha/ S t i t c h e r/ P a n d o r a / H D Radio connectivity. Other available features include: Other available features include: – BOSE® seven-speaker audio system – Active Driving Display – Blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert – Heated exterior mirrors – One-, two- or three-tone premium cloth, leatherette or leather interior seating surfaces The driver-oriented cockpit comes adorned with thoughtful touches, such as available stitching on the gauge hood, premium textures and rich, soft-touch materials, red accenting throughout the interior and handles and switches that evoke a feeling of tailored craftsmanship.
CX-3 feels distinctly “Mazda,” from its materials to its layout that puts the driver and passenger comfort and control above all else. Yet, it charts new territory with an intimate environment designed to feel timeless and personalized, catering to those who sweat the details and crave not just a mode of transportation but an experience and expression of their personalities—a philosophy called “Mazda Premium.” Curb appeal aplenty CX-3 exudes a sense of confidence and maturity with bold looks and beautiful proportions. Upfront, a pronounced grille borders in a signature wing. This element lends a sense of flow to the body and looks as though it were formed from a single piece of metal, and the body’s overall proportions are not fettered by conventional classifications of vehicle type.
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