Every time Mazda drops off one of their cars for me to drive, besides having the desire to whisper “zoom zoom”, the vehicles always wow me on their style and features. Without a hefty price tag the Mazda CX-3 was delivered to us full of options. The car looks stunning, the overall body was beautiful and inside had just about everything we wanted. There were a few quirks in the car, but nothing that would be a deal breaker for purchasing the car.
Obviously the first thing you notice about the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is the stunning exterior. But inside is where it really starts to shine, with a mounted GPS system and a pop up speed gauge and distance monitor. While I liked the convenience of the monitor being mounted, without a way to remove it or hide it if you wanted to. It is mounted centrally which makes it easy to see your GPS or back up camera.
The pop up screen allows you to see your speed as well as how many car lengths are between you and the car in front of you. Once you set it’s position all of the information is directly in front of you. Checking the speed on the read out does take some time adjusting to and there isn’t an analog read out like we are use to. But after some time, it becomes a second nature to use and you get use the Lucite read out closing when you power down the vehicle.
Space inside the CX-3 is a bit tight, while it does qualify as a CUV, the interior is a lot like a smaller sedan. Mazda did make the best of the interior space even though it is small. This however did create a couple of weird situations. The CX-3 had standard cup holders, but they were nested under the arm rest. Only bottles about 20 oz could fit under there, and to get them you had to lift the arm rest. This only was an issue if you’re trying to pay attention to the road and have to get to your drink.
Even though inside the Mazda CX-3 wasn’t super spacious, the vehicle does offer large trunk space that fit anything we needed. Because of the hatch back style of the vehicle, the trunk isn’t a full trunk – but has a drop down privacy shield that covers your items. Additional storage was available under the floor mat.
There were a couple times while getting into the back of the vehicle I had problems opening it. While it was frustrating for me, I found that it was because there are actually two buttons on the back latch. One releases the trunk latch when your key fob is near, the other is a quick lock button. Not being fully use the car, I found myself stumbling over this several times. And when I went to put something larger in the back that needed more space I had a hard time laying the back seats down. The seat releases are actually in the trunk and hidden from views. I’ve been assured this is a safety feature so if someone breaks into your car they can’t access your trunk – but this caused for a bit of a frustrating moment at Home Depot.
The Mazda CX-3 was a fun and zippy car to drive around town, it just had a few quirks. The ride was comfortable even if it didn’t provide a ton of extra space inside. But the other benefits outweighed the quirks and I could easily see this little CUV as a great car for small families or commuters. With its estimated 34 mpg on the highway, it will surely zip you to and from work in style.
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