Over the past decade or so, sales of mid-sized crossovers have shown an upwards trend. This is clearly indicative of the fact that SUVs have experienced a surge in popularity, which can be credited to the indulgences such vehicles offer and their convenient size. Consequently, this has driven more and more car manufacturing giants around the world to introduce new and improved vehicles to the general public. The Mazda CX-3 and the CX-7 are two such examples, but today we will focus solely on the 2017 Mazda CX-3. The CX-3, unlike the name suggest, resembles the Mazda 2 hatchback more than any other product of the company.
According to test runs done by numerous websites and car enthusiasts, the CX-3 despite being a crossover offers a carlike driving experience and lucrative interior designing, which puts it above a lot of its rivals.
The crossover is available in both front and four-wheel drive, and capable of accommodating five passengers.
2017 Mazda CX-3 – Interior and Exterior Changes:
The interior of the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is a lot like that of the Mazda 3. It closely follows the “KODO – soul of motion” design template, which makes the inside cabin classy and modern. The dashboard is equipped with soft touch wrapped elements to give it a premium look and feel. While the center stack is simple yet tasteful, the HVAC control buttons are sturdy and highly useful in their functions.
However, some find that the gauges used in the CX-3 do not complement the contemporariness of the crossover. They make use of a monochrome display, which due to its lackluster, gives the interior an overall timeworn look.
The automobile giant has tried to incorporate a sportier feel into the latest version of the Mazda CX-3. In addition to this, Mazda has also tried to make the size of the vehicle more compact as compared to previous generations. This, however, has resulted in the vehicle compromising on most functions. Furthermore, the wheelbase of the CX-3 has also been updated to include 18 inches wheels, which were only available in the Grand Touring options. The crossover uses unique sheet metal and intricate detailing on the surface, which gives it more expensive look than it is.
2017 Mazda CX-3 – Engine Specs:
The Mazda CX-3 makes use of a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine, which is capable of providing a 146 hp and upwards. The engine is powerful enough to accelerate the crossover to a speed of 60 mph from 0 mph in a mere time span in 8.1 seconds. This along with the lower curb weight of the CX-3 has earned a reasonably well fuel economy. If you are driving the front-wheel version than the EPA ratings are 29 mpg in the city, and 35 mpg on the highway. However, if you are driving the all-wheel drive then expect a fuel efficiency of 29 mpg in the city, and 35 mpg on the highway.
The engine has DOHC 16 valves, with Atkinson-capable 4-inline, and aluminum block and head.
2017 Mazda CX-3 – Dimensions:
|Height||60.7 to 60.9 inches|
|Passenger Volume||87 to 88 cu ft|
|Cargo Weight||10 to 12 cu ft|
|Curb Weight||2800 to 2950 lb|
2017 Mazda CX-3 – Price Details and Release Date:
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 can be a bit on the expensive side. Grand Touring models start north of $27,000.
Base Prices are as follows:
|Grand Touring AWD||$27,140|
The release date has yet not been officially published to the public, but many car pundits and gurus expect it to be in the last quarter of 2016 or the early months of 2017.
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 looks very promising, and anyone who wants to buy a new car should certainly include this on their list of potential purchases, given such enticing features. However, like always we advise the readers to consult professionals and/or gather appropriate information before buying anything. Also, make sure to purchase a crossover that will endure long periods of time.