Phoenix Area Mazda Dealers First Look At The Sporty Mazda C-3

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is Mazda’s smallest and most affordable crossover. But the Phoenix area Mazda dealers assure us that the low price doesn’t involve making any sacrifices. In fact, the CX-3 delivers class-leading performance as well as sporty handling. Most importantly, it’s fun to drive.

Another reason we like the CX-3 is its outstanding fuel economy. Its low curb weight and ultra-efficient engine allow the CX-3 to achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 31 mpg combined.* Even AWD models get outstanding ratings of 29 mpg.

Inside, you’ll find high-quality materials used throughout. Gadget lovers will enjoy the complement of tech goodies, including a standard infotainment touchscreen and advanced safety equipment that’s available on the upper Grand Touring trim level.

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 seats five and is offered in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine developing 146 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque, teamed to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

The CX-3 delivers the perfect mix of performance and fuel efficiency, thanks to Mazda’s renowned SkyActiv technology. EPA-estimated fuel economy with front-wheel drive checks in at 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel-drive models get 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

The CX-3 Has a Sporty Engine That Will Get You Around Phoenix Without Breaking The Bank

The engine provides exceptional power for both city and highway driving. Motor Trend wrote: “The CX-3 gets off the line quick enough around town and nicely accelerates to highway speeds. There's plenty of passing power too, as I learned in what's pretty much a perfect example of a worst-case scenario: on the highway, passing two eighteen-wheelers, uphill, at 4,000 feet, and in 95-degree desert heat. Not too shabby.”

Standard features on the base Sport trim include a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 16-inch wheels, push-button ignition, a rear roof spoiler, automatic headlights, cruise control, air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system, internet radio, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, voice controls and a rearview camera.

The Touring starts with the features of the Sport and adds leatherette and cloth upholstery, 18-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a front-row center armrest, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Step up to the top-of-the-line Grand Touring and you’ll get adaptive LED headlights, LED foglights and taillights, leather and synthetic suede upholstery, a head-up display, updated instrumentation, automatic climate control, a navigation system, a sunroof, a rear cargo cover and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Audiophiles will appreciate the Grand Touring’s Bose audio system, which includes seven speakers, HD radio and satellite radio.

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 has excellent crash-test scores, receiving the highest overall crash test rating of five stars from the NHTSA. The IIHS bestowed the CX-3 with its top scores in all crash tests and named it as a Top Safety Pick+ model.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.