Mazda CX-3 Owner's Manuals
These days, most automakers sell one model in each SUV category. But do a little research on Mazda, and you’ll find that it sells a couple of super small SUVs: the CX-3 and CX-30. So what’s the difference? Well, both models demonstrate the brand’s penchant for elegant styling, thrilling driving dynamics, and upscale interior design. But since Mazda introduced the CX-30 last year, the CX-3 has played more of a supporting role.
Power is more than enough for typical city driving, and the CX-3 merges seamlessly into traffic. But as soon as you pick up speed, cruise down the highway or even maintain speed on longer climbs, almost maximum throttle is required.
Despite its lack of power, the CX-3 remains one of the best SUVs in its class. The CX-3’s responsive steering makes it easy to take fast, smooth turns. But the tires howl even at very modest cornering speeds, interfering with how much fun you can have on a twisty road.
Front seat passengers enjoy a relatively spacious cabin with ample shoulder and leg room as well as arm room for the driver. Adults sitting in the rear may feel a little “cramped”, especially if the passengers in the front are tall. But children should have plenty of space in the back.