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The subcompact crossover SUV segment has many options, but the 2016 Mazda CX-3 holds its own. This stylish and nimble vehicle has appealing features and remains quiet even when you get it up to speed. The sporty handling forms a rare combination with top fuel economy, letting drivers enjoy a thrilling ride without wasting gas. As with most Mazda models, the 2016 CX-3 is available as a GX, GS and GT.

 

2016 Mazda CX-3 Review of Engines

 

The Mazda CX-3 runs on a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, SKYACTIV-G engine with Variable Valve Timing. This engine generates 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque through its advanced direct injection system. To boost performance, the CX-3 has SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. This allows it to achieve the perfect combination of fuel economy and unmatched driving dynamics.

 

Every model has the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission featuring Sport and manual shift modes, but drivers can choose between a front-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive. Front wheel drive maximizes fuel economy with 29 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. All-wheel drive only lowers these numbers slightly to 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

 

2016 Mazda CX-3 Review of Styling

 

Looking at the exterior of the CX-3 will show you a sleek crossover with a rear roofline spoiler and roof-mounted “shark fin” antenna. It also has a black side body trim, body-colored side mirrors with power, and body-color door handles for style. The daytime running lights, clear-lens auto-off halogen headlights, intermittent rear wiper and variable-intermittent windshield wipers add to the convenience. The sporty styling is complete with the 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

 

The cabin of the Mazda CX-3 is designed to let you focus on everything you need to drive and most 2016 Mazda CX-3 review articles say it achieves this goal. All controls are within easy reach and the cabin is laid out to be comfortable. This includes the Mazda Connect Infotainment system with its 7-inch color touch-screen, E911 emergency notifications, SMS text message with audio delivery, voice command, multi-function commander control, Radio Broadcast Data system, and internet radio via Aha, Stitcher, and Pandora. All models also have a CD player, Bluetooth, auxiliary audio port, and USB input within reach of the driver.

 

Even as a compact crossover, the 2016 CX-3 is able to offer a reasonable amount of cargo space. Behind the rear seats, you get 12.4 cubic feet. By folding down the rear split seats, this number increases to an impressive 44.5 cubic feet.

 

Review of Safety

 

Many 2016 Mazda CX-3 review articles suggest taking full advantage of this crossover’s available safety features. Options such as Mazda radar cruise control featuring close proximity warning help keep you safe by preventing accidents. Other available safety features include high beam control, the adaptive front-lighting system for better visibility on corners, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, smart brake support featuring collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and Smart City Brake Support.

 

Even base models with only the standard safety features tend to receive a positive 2016 Mazda CX-3 review for safety thanks to the rearview camera and other great features. Just some of these are traction control, stability control, antilock brakes, side curtain airbags, and front side airbags.

 

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