The latest generation of Mazda vehicles are definitely eye-catching in their styling. Beside more traditional small crossovers like the Honda HR-V and Hyundai Kona, it definitely stands out as one of the most appealing in the US market. The grille isn't overly large, but the lateral chrome blades give it an aggressive face that matches the sleek LED headlights and daytime running lights. Looking at it from behind, the large taillights are far from blocky, suiting the sharp lines of the lower part of the tailgate and the rooftop spoiler. There are dual exhaust outlets in bright finish that set off the parting view. Keeping with the overall diminutive dimensions, the CX-3 rides on smaller 16-inch alloy wheels.
It is hard to appreciate just how small the Mazda is based on images alone. From tip to tail, it measures just 168.3 inches in length, but the short 101.2-inch wheelbase creates a rather cramped cabin. Add to this a height of 60.7 inches and a width of 69.6 inches, and it is hardly a surprise that the base curb weight starts as low as 2,851 pounds. Opting for the AWD model sees this increase to 2,994 lbs. However, while the CX-3 claims to be more like an SUV than a crossover, its ground clearance of just 6.1 inches does not inspire the confidence to take it off-road.
|Mazda CX-3 Trims||Sport|
|Max Width||69.6 in.|
|Mazda CX-3 Trims||Curb Weight|
|Sport||2,851 - 2,994 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||16" x 6.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||16" x 6.5"|
The exterior of the CX-3 can be gussied up in one of seven colors for 2021. If you aren't willing to spend more than the absolute minimum, you can choose between three mica options - Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, and Eternal Blue - or Ceramic Metallic. But, if you want to spoil yourself a little, you can dole out an extra $395 for Snowflake White Pearl Mica or $495 for Machine Gray Metallic. However, since almost all the promotional photos of this stylish subcompact are shown in the sensational Soul Red Crystal Metallic, we have basically been conditioned to want it. So the extra $595 feels like a small price to pay to be in vogue.