2016 Mazda CX-3: Can It Capture the Sporty Qualities for the New Segment? [Preview]

2016 mazda cx-3 small crossover
2016 Mazda CX-3

Mazda releases more details and specifications on the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3. The sub-compact crossover segment continues to grow and Mazda is looking to into the game with a sporty entry.

There is a 2.0L SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine under the hood that is good for 146 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 146 lb-ft of torque at a relatively low 3,000 rpm. The 6-speed automatic transmission is the only choice. Yes, the CX-3 will not offer a manual transmission, although many of the would competitors offer it in FWD models (2016 Fiat 500X, 2016 Honda HR-V, 2015 Jeep Renegade, and some others).


The CX-3 will come in FWD and AWD variants, although EPA fuel economy ratings are not yet available. Expect the MPG numbers to be inline with the new Honda HR-V. The same goes for the starting price. The CX-3 will go on sale in the fall of 2015 at a starting price “in the low $20,000s”, according to Mazda.

The 2016 CX-3 will over the whole host of driver assistance technologies. This includes the adaptive radar cruise control, lane departure warning, brake assist, high beam control, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. Mazda calls this package the i-ACTIVSENSE.


The new crossover will be available in three flavors: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring.

The other noteworthy items is the torsion-beam rear suspension system. Mazda chose it over the independent rear suspension for weight and packaging reasons. Lets hope it retain the Mazda “zoom-zoom” fun cornering performance.

Check out the debut of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 and the design walk-around with Head of Mazda Design – Derek Jenkins.