Based on the smallest Mazda available the 2, the CX-3 is the smallest crossover from the manufacturer. This little crossover can be classified as a hatchback more than an SUV, providing its compact dimensions but it main surprise you how fulfilling this little crossover is.

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From the side, the CX-3 looks a little like a shoe, with long, sloping hood and a short rear overhang some would even say this little car is “cute”. Obviously, style is for each to judge but the CX-3 has some really unique lines. Starting from the front grille, the chrome lines on the side stretches into the headlights. From the side, the front lines flow over the headlights and hood dipping just behind the rear doors to create a strong shoulder line creating a sportier, raked look. Over the wheels have plastic cladding giving the CX-3 almost an over fender wide body rugged look.

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Some have said Mazda is the Japanese equivalent of BMW because of the way they drive. It’s pretty clear Mazda has put a lot of R&D into how the car drives and feels, with any new car in it’s lineup it’s almost expected they have to drive well. Behind the wheel, the CX-3 is basically a much larger Go-cart. Handling is predictable, throw the car into a turn and it’ll stick and carve beautiful lines within what physically capable. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a Miata but comparing to the HR-V the CX-3’s only real competitor the CX-3 drives like one. Steering is communicative telling the driver exactly what the front wheels are doing, lost of grip, pothole it says it all. This is truly a subcompact crossover that’s made for driving enthusiasts.

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Inside the CX-3 the interior is nicely appointed, the tester we have is the GT model so it does come with all the bells and whistles including leather seating surfaces, sunroof and heated front seats. Sitting in the leather and suede driver’s seat is very comfortable, support is ample with great forward visibility. Directly in front of the driver features a nice large read out for the tach and a digital readout for the speed. Most cars these days omit the tachometer as most drivers don’t need to know about the engine speed but rather how fast they’re going, only in selected performance cars you’ll have a nice tach in the centre of the instrument cluster and this is so nice to see Mazda’s went with this option. Above the cluster, there’s a little pop-up display that shows the vehicle speed and navigational information. Personally, I found the pop-up to be too low on the dash comparing to other projection types found in the CX-9 for example. Just off to the middle of the dash, a 7” Touchscreen display that houses the car’s infotainment system, the touch screen works only when the vehicle is stopped, to aid with adding in navigational instructions. But with most of the control is handled by a rotary knob in the middle between the two seats. Just by looking the knob and controls are put in an odd place as its nowhere near the display but functionally it works well, by resting your right hands down the controls are laid out logically. However, for those of who needs to see what buttons are before pressing it, this might take a while to get used to.

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Overall the CX-3 is an amazing vehicle for someone and possibly even for a small family that puts driving experience before practicality. Someone who enjoys a bit of fun on road even if it’s a drive to and from work.

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