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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Mazda 3 or CX-3

If you were on the market for a new car, and Mazda was your first choice, and you would have the option between a Mazda 3 or CX-3, which one would you choose and why? If none of those options, which other car would you consider to buy?

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In Israel, the CX-3 will be available very soon for the first time, and frankly I would have bought the CX-3 since IMO it looks more versatile and useful than the Mazda 3.


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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 11:13 AM
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I'm a Mazda 3 owner, and i'd still go for the mazda 3 hatchback - it provides most of the utility of the CX-3, and its a compact vs sub-compact CX-3. I prefer a sportier drive, and the mazda 3 provides that, plus it looks better (cx-3 looks great - for a subcompact suv).
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The lack of a manual trans option on the CX-3 took even our considering it off the table for our needs. However, I spent a fair amount of time looking at the CX-3 last month at an auto show and it was very, very nice.
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I had a brand new CX-3 Grand Touring as a loaner once and I loved it
The styling, the way it drives, the taller driving position and ease of entry was awesome
Also, I felt it was much easier to drive and park because it was smaller
The LED headlights and fog lights were amazing, but now the refreshed 3 GT also comes with them now
The seats were extremely comfortable because the outer bolstering was leather and the center portion was a suede material - it also looked very good
Also, I'm not sure if it was because of that suede material, but the heated seat function worked much faster than on my 3

But now the negatives;
Rear seat legroom is pretty bad, worse than the 3
The center arm rest was my biggest complaint, it's terrible... feels like an afterthought, it's just a hard padded piece of plastic that moves up or down
In fact, the pre production model didn't have a center arm rest at all
If you're using it, you really can't use the center control knob at all because it sits right ontop of it
On the 3, you can comfortably be resting your arm on the center console and still use the center control knob
If you move the arm rest up if you don't want to use it, it STILL gets in your way because you can't move your elbow back!
If I owned one I would end up ripping it off the car
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I have the 3 and have test driven the CX-3 just because it looked so damn sharp on the showroom floor. The first thing I noticed was the ease getting in and out due to the increased ride height. However, getting in and out of the rear could be more difficult due to a narrower opening. When I sat inside the cabin felt more cramped and visibility was less than in my 3. In fact the interior looked awfully familiar - it was a Mazda2! Not sold here in NA but I drove one as a rental in the UK.

Given that the CX-3 is based on the underpinnings of the 2, it explains why there's so much less space inside, especially for the rear passengers. Behind the second row is not much better, there's a little extra storage cubby but otherwise you might actually be loosing space. I suppose if you live up north and feel the AWD will help you out in the winter, you might be tempted to get the CX-3, but otherwise I'd vote for the 3 hands down.
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If you were on the market for a new car, and Mazda was your first choice, and you would have the option between a Mazda 3 or CX-3, which one would you choose and why? If none of those options, which other car would you consider to buy?

Let's get the discussion started

In Israel, the CX-3 will be available very soon for the first time, and frankly I would have bought the CX-3 since IMO it looks more versatile and useful than the Mazda 3.
In brief, I would get a CX-5 if you're looking for a more versatile Mazda3, not the CX-3.
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The only "cool" option the CX3 has is the 2 liter AWD option. If Mazda was smarter they would have found a way to put it in a US 3.
Outside the US they sell an AWD 3, in gas and diesel. That being said, If I had to buy again I would have looked more I would have still bought the 3.
My wife does have a CX5 and I cant wait for her to get a bigger car so I get it.

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Great analysis and info above. As I have posted in my "signature", lots of smart and friendly folks on M3R!
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No 2.5 option, no deal for me. Also being higher up, does not feel as nimble as the 3. And not really any more practical than the 3. I would opt for the cx5 if you need more room.
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Mazda 3 or CX-3

Several months ago, I was hell-bent to get a CX-3. I hadn't even considered a Mazda3. But when I test drove the CX-3, the salesman said, "You really should check out the 2017 Mazda3.... I think you'd like it much better." He started telling me all the advantages. The price wasn't all that much different. After driving both cars, I immediately knew he was right a week later I got my Mazda3.

Go drive them both; you may find it's an easy choice.

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