2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport AWD, Review, Specs, Price

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport has kept quite a lot of features from its previous model. It has ample features to offer to give a good value for your investment. It’s edgy, stylish and sporty ready to take on the road. It maintains Mazda’s unique brand of driving pleasure providing good performance on the road and being driver friendly.

2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport front

2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport – Drivetrain Specs:

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport is powered by 2.0-liter four cylinders and a six-speed automatic with standard front-wheel drive, and an option all-wheel drive, the engines produces 146 hp and 146 ft torque. The interior too is well designed and well equipped.

The 4 wheel arrangement features a front wheel slip warning detection system which allows better handling of all the wheels making them turn, and Active Torque Control Coupling, i-ACTIVSENSE is optional for increased performance. Mazda overall will be appealing to SUV enthusiasts, having huge potential in US market.

The 2.0-liter four cylinder engine hits 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. This paired with Sport’s low curb weight of just 2809 pounds in front drive, makes for an EPA fuel economy of 29/34 mpg city/highway with FWD and 27/32 with AWD. With 16 inches alloy wheels.

2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport engine

2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport – Performance and Technology:

The exterior has the hint of sportiness, with a sophisticated interior. But with the price offered the monochrome gauges fall low when it comes to quality and the heads-up display isn’t very useful either. The front seats have limited space making it difficult to accommodate even two passengers. But because it is targeted towards young couples instead of families it is justified. Despite all this Mazda offers a wide range of active safety features including, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, automatics emergency brakes, and rain sensing wipers.

Even though it is small in size, it has a lot to offer, stylish features, athletic effect. Its basic trim features, air con system, six speakers, power door locks, start/stop button, keyless entry, and also smartphone connectivity. The front is occupied by a 7-inch touch screen. For elegance, the dashboard is covered with soft-touch fabrics. Sport’s steering looks good and has buttons controlling the features. The cargo space is 12.4 cubic feet with rear seat up and 44.5 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down.

The performance on the road is confident and impressive, adaptive to driving style. Even at high speeds, the engine remains quiet and calm. But in its Sports mode the engine races to 6500-rmp redline. With the help from its power shifters, the engine is capable of racing through its six-speed automatic all by itself. The computer controlled system can detect when more torque is needed at the rear wheels. The system is intelligent sensing through the ambient temperature, steering effort, acceleration.


The safety reviews for 2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport are mixed. Side impact testing has shown in the case of a strong impact via collision to the side door could increase chances of spinal injury. But the SUV still includes the standard six airbags and stability control.  Overall it delivers well on the road.

2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport rear

2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport – Price:

Its base price being $20,860. It is rather a small SUV but still promising.

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