2017 Mazda CX-3

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The new 2017 Mazda CX-3 is thrifty at the pump, has comfortable and well-equipped interior, serene on the highway, and has a sporty handling. These and other specs make the new model a standout on its class. The Mazda CX-3 release date should be expected sometime in early 2017.

Once again Mazda has shown the world what it its capable of despite it being among the smallest automakers in the automotive industry. Interestingly, it continues to churn out excellent vehicles that compete with the top-dogs such as Jeep, Honda, and Nissan. The all-new CX-3 is one of them, only this time it is better than ever before.

It carefully combines the maneuverability of a small hatchback and those of a crossover to offer a sporty handling, razor-sharp steering, and ample interior space thanks to the improved dimensions. Moreover, it comes with a stylish cabin, and an available all-wheel drive system. All told, it’s arguably one of the best vehicle to drive in its class.

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Another thing we particularly love about the CX-3 is its impressive fuel economy ratings. According to EPA, it should be able to check in at 31 mpg in combined highway/city driving with the front wheel drive system. Additionally, it offers respectable acceleration that aides in taking some of the stress out of the highway passing and merging.

A critical mass of rivals is available on the segment, but even so, the Mazda CX-3 is a truly capable vehicle that offers a strong performance and a plethora of technologies. Rivals in the subcompact crossover segment includes vehicles such as the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade 2017, Honda HR-V, and the Nissan Juke for 2016.

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2017 Mazda CX-3 Review of Trims

Three trims are available for the 2017 Mazda CX-3: Grand Touring, Sport, and Touring.

2017 Mazda CX-3 Interior & Exterior Changes

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Some of the features available for the CX-3 Sport model include a cloth upholstery, an auxiliary audio jack, a seven-inch touchscreen interface, a USB port, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, full power accessories, a rear roof spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, a rearview camera, voice controls, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic headlights, sixteen-inch steel wheels, a redundant control knob, a six-speaker audio system, and variable intermittent wipers.

Upgrading to the CX-3 Touring gets you a cloth upholstery, a blind-spot monitor, leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, a front-row center armrest, and cruise control.

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring model adds a navigation system, LED taillights and foglights, adaptive LED headlights, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather and synthetic suede upholstery, a sunroof, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Options exclusively offered for the Grand Touring model are bundled by the i-Activsense package that tacks on features like adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlight control, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, forward collision mitigation system, and automatic wipers.

Exterior Mazda CX-3 colors include Crystal White Pearl Mica, Dynamic Blue Mica, Ceramic Metallic, Soul Red Metallic, Meteor Gray Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Dynamic Blue Mica, and Jet Black Mica. Slight changes on the palette should be expected on its release date.

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2017 Mazda CX-3 Engine Specs

Under the hood of the new 2017 Mazda CX-3 is a 146 horsepower- and 146 lbs. ft. of torque – generating 2.0L four-cylinder engine. Transmission pairing is done with a six-speed automatic and a front-wheel drive system. The all-wheel drive system is optional.

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The 2017 Mazda CX-3 0-60 mph takes about 8.5 seconds with the Grand Touring which is a decent time for the segment relative to other models.

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EPA estimates the fuel economy for the all-wheel drive CX-3 stands at 27/32/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 29/35/31 mpg with the front-wheel drive system.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 5.2 in. (101.2 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 0.3 in. (168.3 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 9.6 in. (69.6 in.)
Passenger volume: 87 ft³
Cargo volume: 12 ft³
Curb weight: 2809 lbs
Top Speed: 121 mph
0-60: 8,5 sec
MPG: 29/35 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ceramic Metallic, Crystal White Pearl Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Dynamic Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Meteor Gray Mica, Soul Red Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

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2017 Mazda CX-3 Release Date & Price

Availability of the CX-3 should be expected in early 2017. Starting price point should be expected at an MSRP of around $19,960.

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