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Behind The Wheel: 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

Looking for a Sub Compact car that will not only fit your budget check out our review of the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

The exterior or the CX-3 we tested is Dynamic Blue Mica with black and chrome accents. The hatchback from the side makes it look like the back end was either cut off or hit. If you are looking at it from any other angle, the hatch looks normal. The wheel arches, lower trim, and rear bumper are the black trim. The front grill, front splitter, and touches on the side are chrome. Mirrors are color matched with heaters and features integral turn signals. The rear roof spoiler is also color matched to the vehicle.

The wheels on the CX-3 we tested are 18 Inch wheels wrapped in all season tires. The 18 Inch rims are standard on the Grand Touring Edition.

Power is provided by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0 Liter engine. This puts out 146 Horsepower and 146 Lb-FT of torque. This is paired with a 6 Speed SKYACTIVE-DRIVE Sport transmission. This give you both the automatic, plus the ability to manually shift up and down when you feel like driving sporty. Our CX-3 seemed to have a slight lag when using the sport mode for shifting. In auto the shifts were crisp. This is paired with the Mazda all wheel drive. This gives your sub-compact car traction in all weather conditions. Only weather we were able to test in was rain and dry. The car handled well in both situations. 

Cornering on the CX-3 produced mild body roll, but nothing more than to be expected by a small, non-sports car. The ride was comfortable on both highway and back roads. The road noise was louder than expected, but not so loud as to keep you from carrying on a conversation with the passengers in the back seat. 

Lets move into the interior. I feel that the combination in the CX-3 Grand Touring we tested let this car down.  The interior is parchment color. The seats are parchment color leather with black lux suede inserts, sides and back. The black lux suede inserts on all seats make it look like an afterthought. In my opinion, the seats would have looked much cleaner and more attractive with solid parchment leather. The seats are firm and hold you into the seat thanks to the side bolsters. Both driver and passenger seats are heated for those cold winter mornings. The driver has 6 way power seat.  The rear seat is 60/40 split and will fit 3 children of small adults comfortably. If the driver is tall, there is not much room left behind the seat for someones legs. 

The doors are trimmed in black leather with suede accents. The doors around the window controls also have carbon fibre look panel. The steering wheel, Shift knob, and emergency brake handle are wrapped in black leather. The carpet is also black and comes with carpeted floor mats. 

Back to the exterior, the front of the CX-7 Grand Touring features LED headlights with adaptive lighting. This turns the headlight in the direction of your turn to illuminate the roadway ahead of you better. There is also LED daytime running lights and LED fog lights. The Grand Touring package also comes with Automatic High Beams that will turn off the High Beam when a oncoming car is detected. The rear combination lights are also LED

The CX-3 features MAZDA’s MAZDA Connect Infotainment system. This comes with a 7 inch touch screen that you can use to control the entire entertainment system as well as settings in the car. This includes HD Radio, SiriusXM, Voice Controls, Hands free bluetooth phone calls and audio streaming, Aha Internet radio, Pandora, Stitcher, RBDS, and Rear View Camera. Controls for the Infotainment system are both touchscreen as well as controls on the center console. These controls are hard to reach as you can see in the picture. Due to the height of the arm rest, the placement of the dial knob and buttons are difficult to reach. 

Some of the great technology that Mazda features in the CX-3 Grand Touring include rain sensing wipers which allows you to have your wipers come on when the sense rain, keeping your hands on the wheel more. The steering wheel also features all the controls you need to control both the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system as well as the instrument cluster. You can also answer all of your phone calls via steering wheel controls with a connected bluetooth enabled phone.  You also have an advanced keyless entry system that will unlock the door when you get near the car and lock the doors when you walk away. The keyfob is also needed for the push button start system. This allows you to safely park your car with limited worry about your car being stolen when you have the keys with you. 

The Active Driving Display gives you a heads up view of your Speed, Lane Departure Warning, Cruise Control,  and Navigation. 

MAZDA didn’t stop there though. They have also added Blind Spot Detection via audible alert and visual alert on the mirrors, Rear Cross Traffic Alerts, Smart City Brake Support, and Smart Brake Support. 


Safety wasn’t forgotten with the CX-3 as you get front driver and passenger air bags, side curtain airbags, front side airbags, LATCH System, SKYACTIV Body Ring Structure, Anti-lock brakes, hill launch assist, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The MAZDA CX-3 Grand Touring comes with a 60 Month/60,ooo mile powertrain warranty and a 36 Month/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty with 24 hour roadside assistance.

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