The 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover is the latest addition to Mazda’s crossover line-up. Don’t be misled by the mini-ute’s affordable price that start’s with $19,960 for the Sport trim and is still a good deal at $24,990 for the Grand Touring trim. In the past compact cars and entry-level crossover SUVs were economical in price and short on features. Today’s current generation of affordable vehicles include a list of features that were once only found in the higher priced cars.
One of the latest technology features available with the Mazda CX-3 is being able to initiate a remote start from an Android or Apple iOS smartphone with Mazda’s Mobile Start. Remotely starting the car is just the beginning. With the mobile app, users can control the door locks, find the car’s location, panic alert the alarm, and start the car’s defroster.
Owners who live in particularly hot or cold climates will truly appreciate the remote control over their cars. Using the mobile app, the CX-3 can run idle for up to 30 minutes, cooling or heating the based on the climate settings before the crossover was turned off. For those who have ever forgotten where they parked their car, the ability to track down you car in crowded parking lot without having to set off the panic alarm is almost worth the cost of Mazda Mobile Start.
In addition to the CX-3, Mazda Mobile Start is available for the 2016 Mazda6 sedan and CX-5 crossover. Cost to purchase and install this feature is $500 from the dealership. After the first year of subscription, an annual fee of $65 is required.
Watch this Tech Demo video demonstration that shows how the Mazda Mobile Start works in action.