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View Poll Results: Which car would you buy?
Mazda 3 39 92.86%
CX-3 2 4.76%
Other 1 2.38%
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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-11-2017, 12:22 AM
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I was in this exact predicament 3 months ago.

I really like the look of the CX-3, and for someone on their own or who doesn't carry more than 1 passenger it'll be fine. However if you use your back seat for anything more than storage you'll want to look elsewhere.

The only real advantage to the CX-3 is the AWD option.

Other advantages subject to personal preference are the styling (I think it's a great looking vehicle) and the slightly elevated ride height - if that matters to you. Otherwise, every single other advantage point goes to the Mazda3, including the 2.5L engine (at least here in NA), interior space, cargo space, etc.

The CX-5 wasn't an option for me - the current gen isn't my cup of tea. Needless to say I went with the 3 hatch.

Now if Mazda would have only brought the 6 wagon back to NA I would've had NO hesitation in paying the extra to take the step up to that - but it wasn't even an option for me.

After seeing the interior of the top-spec facelifted 3 compared to the Mazda 6 I had no issues making my choice.
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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-11-2017, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Amazing discussion guys! I read some very good points regarding the CX-3 but even better points on why you would stick with the Mazda 3. Also is very interesting that many of you at least checked and drove the CX-3 prior to purchasing a Mazda 3. That simply tells me that the driving experience in the Mazda 3 beats the one in the CX-3.

I want to clarify that I'm not purchasing a new vehicle lol , I want to know your opinions and create a meaningful discussion since you guys are Amazing!!!


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post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 01:57 AM
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Bit biased since I own a 3 but the size difference isn't worth getting the CX-3 for over the hatch if you needed an SUV to begin with.
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I wanted to get a 3sGT but they didn't have any that I could trade up to in the same model year so they brought out a cx3. Decent vehicle but the anemic for it's size engine (147hp? 2.0) at the GT level, and well my 3 already being tuned left a lot to be desired. The interior for anything but the front seemed tiny and the trunk/hatch space was laughable. I would rather get a full blown SUV if I needed it, especially with the new CX-9 turbo.
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Gents, my apologies for the crappy armrest. I sent Mazda a nasty-gram back in Dec 2014 making my remarks about their lack of a center armrest -- such a common thing in today's cars. Mazda's reply is below...I'll take ownership on this one...

"Service Request Number 1-16960163

Dear Mr. Jennings,

Thank you for taking the time to contact Mazda.

We have received your e-mail in regards to your recommendation for a driver's armrest in the Mazda CX-3 and wanted to let you know that we at Mazda appreciate customers like you and the passion you have for our vehicles.* It is ZOOM ZOOM embracing enthusiasts such as you that provide us with the energy to produce driver-focused vehicles.*

We do appreciate your suggestion and have forwarded your request to our Product Planning team for further review and evaluation.* Your feedback is very important as we are always looking for ways to continually improve our great products and services.*

Should you have additional questions or feedback, please contact me at the number below and reference your Service Request number.

Sincerely,

Jose F.
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800.222.5500
Ext. 1180

[SR Number: 1-16960163]"
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We actually own both. I have the mazda 3 and my partner brought a cx3 sport last year. I've driven both over long distances and both are fine cars. I agree with some of the comments on here though. The lack of arm rest in the cx3 really bothered me. More than I'd of thought. Also the lack of space. We've had people in the back with no complaints but we are going to be trying for a baby soon and are concerned about the boot size. I also have trouble with leg room in the front passenger seat if I don't have it all the way back but then I am 6ft 2.
Apart from this I really like the cx3. It looks stunning and drives nice. I'm particularly jealous of the heads up display and speedo. Would I have one over a mazda 3? Probably not but I'm very happy for my partner to have one and let me use it lol.
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The Mazda3 all day.
The CX-3 has no centre console, nor an arm rest. I sat in both the basic trim level and the top spec with leather seats and there was nothing, just a big empty space. Also there is no mechanical handbrake, so on those two points its a fail for me. Plus in my driving position it has the same amount of space behind the driver's seat as the 3, same amount under the dash for my legs, and getting out of both vehicles has the same amount of effort. So there is no real difference from my point of view.
But correct me if I'm wrong, is not the CX-3 based on the Mazda2? If so, why does it have the same basic interior dimensions as the 3? Side by side, there are almost the same. Am I wrong?
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Nice award for the CX-3!

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Originally Posted by ChicagoNews
CHICAGO NEWS NAMES 2017 MAZDA CX-3 BEST CROSSOVER OF THE YEAR

Recognized for its unparalleled combination of premium amenities, efficiency and value, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 has been awarded as the “Best Crossover of the Year” by Chicago News.

The 2017 CX-3 won competing against four other vehicles in the segment and was recognized for its “seamless integration into the entire Mazda lineup.”

The award for “Best Crossover of the Year” was presented to Robert Davis, Senior Vice President, Special Assignments during the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

“Mazda CX-3 is a perfect balance between style and substance with its beautiful design, upscale interior and all-weather utility,” said Robert Davis, senior VP, Special Assignments, Mazda North American Operations. “We’re thrilled that the 2017 CX-3 was named Best Crossover of the Year by Chicago News, as it’s a perfect vehicle for on-the-go Chicagoans who desire the ruggedness of a crossover SUV in a smaller, more efficient package for the urban jungle.”

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When the CX-3 was announced in 2015, I was very excited for it. I was coming from a 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT and the CX-3 was what I thought I wanted. But it wasn't out yet and I wanted to be thorough, so also test drove some other vehicles including the 2015 CX-5 and 2015 Mazda3. The CX-5 felt a bit too large for me. However, I instantly fell in love with the way the Mazda3 drove. What's more, it had the same 6.1 inches of ground clearance as the CX-3, more cargo room, more passenger room, and WAY better fuel economy. The CX-3 had AWD as an option, but that was about it. I ended up buying a Mazda3 and put snow tires on it for winter and haven't had a problem with it. I would make that decision again in a heartbeat.

Although, if Mazda were to bring out the CX-4 here, I would definitely want to give it a test drive. It's like a lifted and enlarged Mazda3 (almost the same size as the Mazda6 wagon with more ground clearance). That might just be my ideal vehicle for handling snow and the stupid-high driveways around here that I keep scraping my front bumper on. 6.1 inches just isn't enough for me, but that's high for a car it seems.

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I would say get a mazda3 because it has a more diverse driving feel than the CX-3 and manual transmission option
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