The new CX-3 has also gone to the same finishing school that Mazda sent the CX-5, where more weight has been added to suppress road and wind noise and the suspension has been retuned more for comfort than handling. It's another case where Mazda has decided to sacrifice the Zoom-Zoom character of its cars to appeal to a wider group of shoppers. A good business decision? Perhaps, or maybe they're alienating the faithful.

– John Neff