Mazda CX-3 in scenic Virginia

5 Fun Reasons to Drive the Mazda CX-3

A 2016 Mazda CX-3 was loaned to me for a week so that I could test drive it and share my thoughts and experience with my network. During my one week test drive, I drove my Mazda CX-3 around town (errands), on highway and small country roads, and on some fun unpaved roads.

Categorized as a subcompact crossover, the Mazda CX-3 is ranked number one in its class, followed by Kia Soul and Nissan Juke.

You can easily find other online sources which will spew performance statistics and other deep analysis. I focus on the fun reasons to drive the Mazda CX-3.

Exploring Virginia with the Mazda CX-3

Exploring Virginia with the Mazda CX-3

 

5 fun reasons to drive the Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3 at Bull Run Winery

5 Fun Reasons to Drive the Mazda CX-3

Funness. The Mazda CX-3 drives like a regular car but has all-wheel drive so it enjoyed exploring dirt roads just like an SUV would. I had a lot of fun, and no trouble, driving the Mazda CX-3 on unpaved roads, up steep hills, and in grass. In its comprehensive review, Car & Driver cited “fun-to-drive” as the primary reason to buy the Mazda CX-3.

5 fun reasons to drive the Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3 on dirt road

 

Visibility. I am not an automotive expert but I do know most vehicles I drive require me to lean forward when I am stopped at red lights (traffic signals). The Mazda CX-3 did not. So, I deem the Mazda CX-3 to have better than typical visibility. The moon roof and hatchback window are fun and add to the sweet visibility.

Mazda CX-3 at Manassas Battlefield

Mazda CX-3 can read historic signs (not really)

Comfort. Driving the Mazda CX-3 was a breeze and after an hour it was still fun. Since the Mazda CX-3 handles like a car, the road noise is much less than a typical crossover or SUV. For the driver it is very comfortable. It is easy to drive, park, and turn around (compact turning radius). The back is pretty tight for adults or older children.

Mazda CX-3 in scenic Virginia

Mazda CX-3 is comfortable in all situations

Cool Features. The interior dashboard is elegantly designed. The one rear seat passenger I had during the week remarked that the interior material reminded her of an elegant briefcase. The Active Driving Display is a space-age plastic screen that pops up from the dashboard when you start the Mazda CX-3. Wicked cool. Watch the video!

5 fun reasons to drive the Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3 Active Driving Display

5 fun reasons to drive the Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3 “Briefcase” interior

Extras. “My” Mazda CX-3 had the Grand Touring package which includes a fun entertainment system, with Sirius XM radio and navigation system. The Mazda CX-3 averaged about 29 MPG combined local and highway mileage for me, right in line with the published data. These are the best mileage efficiency stats in the subcompact crossover category and Mazda says the 2017 model averages 35 MPH. The starting price of the baseline model is under $20,000. That is amazingly affordable. My model had all the available bells and whistles, and its MSRP is a shade under $30,000. Finally, it just looks cool, right? The coolness factor rated pretty high for me!

Mazda CX-3 navigation display

Mazda CX-3 nav display

What do you think of my 5 Fun Reasons to Drive the Mazda CX-3?

McCool Travel tip: the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is now available at many dealers. Deals may be available on 2016 Mazda CX-3 models as dealers want to clear space and display the new version.

Dear Mazda, here are some proposed new ad slogans for the Mazda CX-3. If you like them, deliver a briefcase full of twenties inside a brand new 2017 CX-3 to me! With love, Charles McCool

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Reasons to drive the Mazda CX-3

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5 Fun Reasons to Drive the Mazda CX-3

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Mazda CX-3: Go Almost Everywhere, See Everything

5 Fun Reasons to Drive the Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3: Go Almost Anywhere, See Everything

 

5 Fun Reasons to Drive the Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3: Go Almost Everywhere, See Everything

Have you ever driven a Mazda CX-3? Do you own a Mazda CX-3? What are your reasons to drive a Mazda CX-3?


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Thank you to DriveShop for providing me with the opportunity to drive a cool Mazda CX-3 for a week. DriveShop even gave me a #DriveForGood $25 gift card to donate to charity. I was not otherwise compensated and this content represents my independent thoughts about the Mazda CX-3.

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10 Responses to “5 Fun Reasons to Drive the Mazda CX-3”

  1. Carole Terwilliger Meyers August 10, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

    The Mazda CX-3 does, indeed, look like a fun little car! I think I’ll go in for a test drive soon, even though I’m not in the market for a car right now.

  2. shelleymck August 8, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    I would go with “Go Almost Anywhere, See Everything”, as the Mazda CX-3 is saying “road trip!” to me. If the road noise is low and the all-wheel drive got me through our icy winters that is a bonus 🙂

    • McCool Travel August 8, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

      Hey, thank you so much. Wonderful road trip vehicle.

  3. The GypsyNesters August 8, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    “require me to lean forward when I am stopped at red lights” Can’t remember the last time I drove a car that this didn’t happen. Granted its been mostly motorhomes for the past 8 years, but still… like the sound of not having to lean up to see a light. Looks like a fun car too, I’d say go with: Go Almost Everywhere, See Everything

    • McCool Travel August 8, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

      Thank you for the note. So annoying, right, with these low modern windshields. Really messes with the visibility. Much better visibility, though, with the Mazda CX-3.

  4. Janice Chung August 8, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    OK, even though I LOVE my Mini Cooper, I hate when it hits pot holes. The Mazdas have always intrigued me and this is a cute looking car. (Sorry about the “cute”). Price is great …in the US. Likely in Canada it would be $10000 more but worth considering. Thanks for sharing your review!

    • McCool Travel August 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

      Yes, there is THAT Canadian surcharge. Oh well. 😀

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