The 2018 Mazda cx-3: strong appearance, not so much practical


There is still some good news in some sectors, including pickup trucks and small transboundary companies, as the U.S. auto market finally peaks and begins to slide in 2017. Under the background of the small car sales fell, the growth of small utilities especially surprising, but the carmaker has introduced this year to join the CH – R new models, will be launched in 2018 ford EcoSport and modern kerner. Is Mazda’s cx-3 continuing to compete as it enters the third model year?
Compared with some models such as the Honda hp-v, Chevrolet Trax and fiat 500X, the cx-3 has the most dynamic and aggressive design, unlike nissan Juke’s radical antics. Mazda’s Kodo design language is well suited for everything from compact cx-3 to substantially larger cx-9 and car types.
Especially in terms of appearance, the cx-3 seems to be failing the brand slogan of the “car accident”. Upright grille and more upright windshield, combining to the small proportion of Mazda a long hood, which means it has vertical engine, drive layout on the contrary, although the actual situation after compared with Honda, the roof line low 2.4 inches, while lean back belt line, make CX – 3 a very compact greenhouse. Although Honda’s wheels are more than 1.6 inches from the corners of the wheel, they are less than an inch apart in the overall length of the Mazda and Honda.

The overall result is Mazda, which looks more sporty, but offers significantly less utility. Like its sibling Fit, hr-v is also a marvel of small car packaging that provides 1, 00 cubic feet of passenger traffic and 23 cubic feet of cargo space. In contrast, Mazda has only 88 cubic feet of passengers and 16 cubic feet of stuff behind it. The difference is felt when you climb inside. Even in the front seat, a high waist line can make you feel uncomfortable.
I wasn’t particularly tall at 5 feet 10, but when I went out to dinner with my wife and our five-foot-four daughter and her boyfriend, they all felt the squeeze. Another interior design defect is the previous cup seat. The two empty cavities are installed below the center handrail, which makes it very awkward.
Other CX – 3 other parts of the engine is a typical contemporary Mazdas, have excellent the front seats, with the console installed high rotating controller central display screen and the common material of high quality brand. Around the same time that Mazda was on my driveway, winter was full. The top level of travel decoration increases the premium suite, heating the steering wheel already in this model heating seat. The kit also adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.
The only power transmission system available in the U.S. market is cx-3, which is a straight jet of Mazda 2.0 liter SkyActiv four-cylinder six-speed automatic transmission. At 146 horsepower, this is not the most dynamic power device in the segment, falling well behind the 180 litres of fiat 500X and 1.4 litres of turbocharged. On the other hand, Mazda is about 150 pounds lighter than Honda, so it doesn’t feel like it’s sluggish. The addition of Mazda’s SkyActiv Dynamics torque vector system makes the cx-3 feel very agile and sensitive, even though I don’t have much chance to actually exercise it before Christmas Eve. Previous tests in warm weather showed that cx-3 really felt like belonging to the Mazda family, even if it wasn’t a drag driver.
Despite the cold weather and snow, the cx-3 has performed quite well in fuel efficiency. The epa has 27 miles of the city, 32 miles of highways and 29 miles. The weather scheme dragged my average down to 26 miles.
The front-wheel drive cx-3 Sport starts at $22,335, including shipments, and the bottom line of my full wheel drive Grand Touring example is $29,615. If you’re looking for a small crossover with style and very good driving dynamics, cx-3 is a good place to start, and may end your search. On the other hand, if you really need real usability, then you might be better off using a larger cx-5 or one of the smaller competitors.


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