2016 Mazda CX-3 Review, Price, MPG

2016 Mazda CX-3 compact crossover SUV is an all-new model from the Japanese manufacturer. Mazda revealed its CX-3 SUV late last year, and showed us what we can expect from this great-looking model. Its production will be done in Hiroshima, Japan, and its manufacturer doesn’t plan to change the place of Mazda CX-3’s birth any time soon, or to expand it to other facilities. The CX-3 crossover is unique combination of various models, including its older and bigger cousin CX-5, bit also Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 hatchbacks.

2016 Mazda CX-3 front

2016 Mazda CX-3 exterior and interior

The upcoming model will be built on the same platform used for Mazda 2, and, as a surprise, came the fact that this is the model with whom CX-3 shares the most in common. Exterior appearance of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is designed with KODO design language, used in most of latest Mazda’s models. The key features that indicate the recognizable Mazda’s design include front grill that incorporates greatly with narrow headlights, which we had a chance to see on CX-5 model. D-pillar is blacked out, which gives new SUV modern and attractive look. Rear end resembles the Mazda 2 hatch, and its styling cues are visible on the CX-3.

On the inside new CX-3 features great design that matches its exterior. Used materials are high-quality, and beside handsome looks, 2016 Mazda CX-3 also offers great deal of equipment. Interior design is mainly focused on the driver. Some features that will be available for this SUV include latest Mazda Connect infotainment system as well as 7-inch touchscreen connected to it.

2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

2016 Mazda CX-3 performance

Under the hood of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 will be available two engines. However, not all customers will have the choice between, since Japanese manufacturer decided to offer two options, but depending on the market. The US customers will be able to purchase Mazda CX-3, compact SUV will come with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv G engine with an output of 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque.  It comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive is standard drivetrain, and all-wheel drive will be available as optional, but on demand.

Second engine choice, which will empower the CX-3 on other markets, is a 1.5L Skyactiv D engine paired with either manual or automatic 6-speed transmission. Fuel economy figures are not released yet, but according to all latest reports, 2016 CX-3 will be one of most economical SUV on the market.

2016 Mazda CX-3 rear

2016 Mazda CX-3 price and release

Mazda CX-3 had its debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show, in November. It will be available for sale during the summer this year, for US, and slightly earlier, during the spring in Japan. Price of the model is expected to start around $20,000, although the exact pricing isn’t revealed by manufacturer. Its closest competitors will be Jeep Renegade, Nissan Juke and, of course, Honda HR-V.

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