The stand-out attributes for the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 are its driving dynamics, superb fuel economy, and long list of standard equipment. During a week-long test drive, the CX-3 subcompact crossover utility vehicle’s supportive seats and attractive interior made city and highway driving trips exceptionally comfortable. The cabin’s upscale materials and trim stitching are a nice compliment to the CX-3’s energized driving dynamics. The 101.2-inch wheelbase CUV provides 41.7 inches of front legroom and 35 inches for rear seat riders. CX-3 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring.

Powering the standard push-button start CX-3 is the Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 146 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 146 pounds-feet of peak torque at 2800 rpm. The engine mates to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift sport mode. CX-3 is available in front wheel drive or all wheel drive. Suspension is an independent MacPherson strut in the front and a torsion beam in the rear. Standard equipment includes rear camera, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system with 7-inch color touchscreen. The test driven all wheel drive CX-3 Touring collects estimated miles per gallon of 27 city/ 32 highway and carries a base MSRP of $23,210.