Looks and design only tell half of the story of 2017 Mazda CX-3 as a whole new exhilarating performance awaits its buyers. And the availability of 3 trims – Sport, Touring and Grand Touring only accentuates different performance nuance which makes this new Mazda CX-3 a versatile subcompact crossover SUV.
Under the Hood
The makers didn’t go fancy under the hood of 2017 Mazda CX-3 as there’s just 1 powerhouse; the SKYACTIV G 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder 16-valve mill. This engine uses an SKYACTIV 6-speed automatic transmission (with manual shift) to deliver a torque of 146 lb-ft and power of 146 HP at 6,000 RPM.
Fuel economy of this engine varies with drive configuration. With a front-wheel drive, the ratings go 29 mpg in city, 35 mpg on highways and 31 mpg on a combined scale. These figures decrease a tad bit in all-wheel drive at 27 mpg city/ 32 mpg highway/ 29 mpg combined.
Further details of this engine go as:
- Compression ratio – 13:1
- Bore and Stroke – 83.5 mm ×2 mm
- Engine Block & Cylinder Head – Aluminum Alloy
- Fuel System – Advanced Direct Injection
- Emissions (Fed/Cal) – Tier2 Bin5/ ULEV
- Valvetrain –4 valves per cylinder with VVT (Variable Valve Timing)
2017 Mazda CX-3 Chassis
This new Mazda CX-3 is built off of a unibody frame which has a ring structure. For braking, Mazda has used disc units in all the 4 wheels which have a diagonal hydraulic system. Both discs (front and rear) measure 11.02 inches.
The suspension system also has received several tweaks which solitary adds improvements in overall performance. This model incorporates MacPherson Struts in the front and Torsion Beam on the rear.
Styling of Exterior and Interior
The revisited exterior styling of 2017 Mazda CX-3 shouts modernness. As the makers have been doing with most models, this new CX-3 wears the signature Kodo design language which includes muscular haunches in the front fascia.
The headlights are bit tilted and join the grille with a metallic trim. The grille boasts of horizontal slats which feature chrome accents. There’s one single oblong air intake on the rear part which is accompanied by two fog light sections on either side. Overall, the body profile seems athletic.
Fascination has undoubtedly graced the interior cabin as there’s a striking combination of color, fabrics and stitching. The center console flaunts 3 multi-functioning rotary HVAC controls which are LED lit. The infotainment display sits on the dashboard which can be folded down. The instrument cluster holds a monochrome display which is easy to read.
Besides, class-leading performance and fuel economy, vehicle safety is in high priority these days. Mazda has saved all the essential safety features for this new CX-3 which includes:
- Foldaway brake pedal assembly
- Side impact door beams
- Rear-view camera
- Front safety belt pre-tensioners (with force limiters)
- Passenger weight sensors
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Engine immobilizer anti-theft system
Rivalries and Price
2017 Mazda CX-3 faces rivalries from Honda HR-V, Fiat 500X, Chevrolet Trax and Jeep Renegade. Pricing varies with trims; 2017 Mazda CX-3 Sport starts at $19,000, 2017 Mazda CX-3 Touring starts at $21,000 and Grand Touring starts at $24,000.