Among the trim choices for the 2016 Mazda CX-3, the GS sits firmly in the middle, offering the perfect balance of premium features and the ability to meet your budget. It starts at just $22,695, making this compact SUV an affordable option for most people.


Mazda CX-3 GS Engine, Transmission, and Drivetrains


The engine in the GS is the same as the other CX-3 models, the SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder with 16 valves. This direct-injection engine has a compression ratio of 13.0:1 and generates 146 pound-feet of torque and 146 horsepower. It is paired with a standard SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic featuring a Drive Selection switch and a SPORT mode or you can upgrade it to a version that also has paddle shifters. Front-wheel drive is standard with i-ACTIV all-wheel drive an option. Expect 8.2 L/100 km in the city and 6.7 on the highway with front-wheel drive models and 8.8 city/7.3 highway with AWD models. 


Mazda CX-3 GS Safety


The long list of standard safety in the 2016 Mazda CX-3 GS includes dual front airbags, dual side air curtains, front side airbags, height-adjustable head restraints, child-seat anchors, front seatbelt pretensioners, Hill Launch Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, a Traction Control System, an Anti-lock Brake System, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution.


GS Seating and Convenience


The2016 Mazda CX-3 GS comes standard with a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way adjustable passenger’s seat, both of which are heated. The rear seatback splits 60/40 and folds and there is standard premium cloth upholstery with the option to upgrade to leatherette-trimmed upholstery with the Luxury Package. The Luxury Package also adds a power moonroof to the interior. This model also comes standard with leather on the parking brake handle, steering wheel, and shift knob. To wrap up interior comfort and convenience, you also get Push Button Start, cruise controls on the steering wheel, air-conditioning, and the HMI Commander for audio and navigation at your fingertips.


If you are concerned about storage, the cargo area has a length of 785 mm with a width of 1,000 mm and the rear lift-gate is 969 mm wide with an opening height of 781 mm, more than enough to let you maneuver large objects inside. If you keep the seats upright, you have access to 452 liters of storage, which increases to 1,528 liters by folding the rear seats.


GS Technology


The GS trim is ready for navigation, as long as you buy the navigation SD-card accessory. It also comes with a rearview camera and 12-volt power outlet. Other standard technology on the 2016 Mazda CX-3 GS includes the trip computer, warning lights, tachometer, MAZDA Connect, a 7-inch color touch-screen, AM/FM/CD player with MP3 functionality, 6 speakers, Bluetooth and audio controls on the steering wheel, SMS texting, an auxiliary audio input jack, and 2 USB ports.


GS Exterior


The power-operated and heated door mirrors have turn indicators and are body-colored, as are the rear roof spoiler and door handles. The standard halogen headlights have an automatic on/off feature and there are rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers in the front with an intermittent washer and wiper in the rear. You can pick from 5 exterior paint colors: Crystal White Pearl, Soul Red Metallic, Jet Black Mica, Dynamic Blue Mica, and Ceramic Metallic.




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