Mazda CX-3: A Crossover We Didn't Need, But Now Want
Did the CUV market need another compact crossover? That would have been an emphatic "No." That is, until we set eyes on this – the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3. In a segment already bursting with handy but generally uninteresting people-shufflers, there appears to be something a bit special about the newcomer. The CX-3 is Mazda’s fifth model to get the Skyactiv treatment, which chases higher performance and efficiency. It also dons the automaker’s edgy "Kodo" design language. If it drives as good as it looks, the CX-3 should do the trick. RELATED: Take a closer look at the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 crossover
According to Mazda, the CX-3 will arrive early next summer and come fitted with the firm’s 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gas engine, though currently no power outputs are given. The rest of the world receives Mazda’s Skyactiv-D 1.5-liter clean diesel, and though it’s almost painful to say, the pint-sized diesel does sound quite enviable. Imagine the MPGs.
The US-market CX-3 puts its power down through a six-speed automatic transmission – to the dismay of stick-shifters – powering the front wheels in base trim and all four wheels in the step-up models. A six-speed manual version will head overseas.
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With more space inside than the Mazda 3 and less heft to haul around than its CX-5 bigger brother, the CX-3 makes a dive for the pocketbooks of young people – trendy, mobile, on-the-go. And, other than the impending arrival of the Honda HR-V, we’re left with few reasons why you shouldn’t go out and have one.
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