2017 Mazda CX3 (AWD) Review

Mazda CX3 2017
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Product Name: Mazda CX3

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3.6

Summary

The all-wheel-drive variant of the Mazda CX-3 is powered by146-hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the same as the two-wheel-drive variant, but the 2017 iteration of the is merely a logical step rather than a dramatic revolution.

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The all-wheel-drive variant of the Mazda CX-3 is powered by146-hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the same as the two-wheel-drive variant, but the 2017 iteration of the is merely a logical step rather than a dramatic revolution. The CX-3 is smaller than the CX-5 and the CX-9, but this might be of benefits to those who want a nimbler SUV instead of a larger, lumbering SUV.

The all-wheel-drive variant looks sleek and opulent like its front-wheel drive counterpart (as you would expect), but most of the noticeable changes appear to be mostly cosmetic, even though there have been some engineering improvements.

The choice between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is a no-brainer for some, but it can be a tricky choice for others. If you only ever plan on using it for your daily commute or occasional jaunt to the beach, the front-wheel-drive variant should be sufficient. But if you’re constantly navigating terrain that gets marshy or muddy, the all-wheel-drive variant is sure to get you out of some sticky situations that the two-wheel variant would not.

Ironically, the CX-3’s biggest competitors come from within Mazda’s own lineup of subcompact crossover SUVs. Speedwise, the CX-3 is reasonably zippy for a crossover SUV; it is capable of reaching 100 km/h in a shade over 8 seconds, according to real-world testing, but as this is the all-wheel drive model, it is expected that the decreased weight of the front-wheel drive variant might boost its acceleration stats in dry sealed-road conditions.

If you’re looking for a family SUV that looks as smooth as it drives — and you don’t mind forking out a bit extra for the privilege — the 2017 CX-3 is a reasonable choice.

Pros

  • Option for two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
  • Very high safety standards
  • Top speed of approximately 193 km/h
  • A sleek chassis with a focus on style
  • Decent acceleration for an SUV

Cons

  • Back seat is a bit cramped, especially for an SUV
  • Monochrome gauges look cheap rather than classy

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