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When the CX-5 is a Tad Too Big.
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By: Erick Ayapana
November 18, 2014


The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show ushers in a refreshed and growing Mazda lineup. One of those new models is the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3, yet another entrant in the exploding subcompact crossover segment that already includes the Nissan Juke and the recently announced Honda HR-V. The 2016 CX-3, which slots below the CX-5, is based on the new Mazda2 unveiled earlier this year in Japan.

Mazda initially said the CX-3 would be powered by either a 1.5- or 2.0-liter inline-four, depending on the market. The 2.0-liter has been confirmed for the U.S.-spec model, but power figures have yet to be announced. Expect about the same output as the Mazda3's mill, which is rated at 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. That 1.5-liter engine, by the way, is the new Skyactiv-D diesel engine that will make its debut in the Mazda2. Don't expect that mill to make it to the U.S. anytime soon (if ever), especially given the fact that Mazda is still hard at work tuning the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D (for the Mazda6 midsize sedan) to meet U.S. performance demands.

That said, CX-3's 2.0-liter will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It's unclear if a manual gearbox will be available, as well. Front-drive is standard, and an all-wheel-drive system with active torque control is available. If the CX-3 handles anything like the CX-5, then it should be fun to drive.

From the photos, the CX-3 looks like a puffed-up 2016 Mazda2. Both share a 101.2-inch wheelbase, but the CX-3 is longer and wider with an overall length and width at 168.3 and 69.5 inches, respectively. That makes the CX-3 pretty much identical in size with the Chevrolet Trax and Mini Countryman, but it's slightly larger than the Nissan Juke.

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I have mixed feelings about this little fella. Dead-front-on it looks great, but from some other angles it looks extremely awkward and frumpy. The black plastic that exaggerates the wheel arches reminds me a lot of the Lexus NX, and that's not a good thing.

Mazda is definitely on a roll and I'm really happy for them, so, I'll reserve final judgement until I see it in person at NAIAS.
 

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Very curious to see this in person. Looks like a high riding Mazda3 but they say it's based on the Mazda2 and has the same wheelbase? How small is this thing?? And is there anything behind those rear seats? The cargo area looks very small.
 

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Sleeker design, nicer interior, and 12 more hp than the Trax. GM will have to up its game against the new competition. Expect Trax upgrades in 2016.

Nissan will probably be forced into bringing the Qashqui to the states since all its competitors are jumping in the sub compact CUV game here in the US. It's by far the best looking sub compact inside and out. A top seller in Europe.
 

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Sleeker design, nicer interior, and 12 more hp than the Trax. GM will have to up its game against the new competition. Expect Trax upgrades in 2016.

Nissan will probably be forced into bringing the Qashqui to the states since all its competitors are jumping in the sub compact CUV game here in the US. It's by far the best looking sub compact inside and out. A top seller in Europe.
the qashqui is a short version of the ROGUE and is a size bigger then this as this is sized like the Juke ford ecosport
 

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Sleeker design, nicer interior, and 12 more hp than the Trax. GM will have to up its game against the new competition. Expect Trax upgrades in 2016.

Nissan will probably be forced into bringing the Qashqui to the states since all its competitors are jumping in the sub compact CUV game here in the US. It's by far the best looking sub compact inside and out. A top seller in Europe.
I would hope to expect an MCE on GM's Gamma II vehicles in 2016 for the 2017MY. I'm hoping that will include a powertrain update to the new small engine family.

I think the new 1.5L DI I4 Turbo that is supposedly going to be in the new Cruze would go nice in the Trax as well.
 

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No all-wheel-drive will hurt sales for the CX-3. I think the Honda HR-V will do better in this segment
This has AWD option plus better looking than the H-RV. May become the top seller in its class, although Honda reputation will keep HR-V a tough competitor to beat. Both have good looking interiors for small CUVs with lots of soft touch surfaces.
 

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This has AWD option plus better looking inside and out than the H-RV. May become the top seller in its class.
I initially read Mazda wasn't going to offer AWD to CX-3. They changed their minds which is good. The CX-3 looks nice so is the HR-V they both will take the lead in this segment which Subaru XV had no competition. Now they do. This vehicle would be an excellent second car or a commuter mobile or whatever. I'm looking forward to performance, fuel efficiency, and other specifications.
 
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