Mazda makes a wide range of vehicles, from sporty roadsters to sedans to SUVs. If you’re in the market for a new SUV, then there are three different 2016 Mazda models to choose from. Whether you need a small Mazda crossover or a 3-row model with room for seven, there’s a Mazda SUV to suit your needs.
The all-new Mazda CX-3 is the smallest of the lot, offering the benefits of an SUV and the smaller packaging of a crossover. Three different trim levels ensure you’ll be able to get your CX-3 with the features you want at a price that fits your budget.
Every Mazda CX-3 includes a choice of either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with a 146-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It has 146 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-3 gets 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway when equipped with front-wheel-drive.
The base Sport model starts at $19,960 with push-button start, a USB audio input, and room for five passengers.
Seating is cloth with a six-way manual driver’s seat and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats that provide added versatility for passengers or cargo. There are 12.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Fold them flat for 44.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The Mazda Connect infotainment system features a 7-inch full-color touch screen with Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, AM/FM/CD/MP3, and a six-speaker sound system.
Step up to the Touring at $21,960 for additional comfort features like leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. This Mazda model also has added safety features, including blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
Mazda’s best-equipped CX-3 is the Grand Touring, which starts at $24,990. This model has a power sliding-glass moonroof and a seven-speaker Bose surround sound system.
If you need a Mazda SUV with more cargo capacity, move up to the Mazda CX-5. There is still seating for five passengers, but with 34.1 cubic feet of cargo space (64.8 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded).
Once again, you have your choice of either Sport, Touring, or Grand Touring models. The base Sport features a choice of two engines, each paired with a different transmission. Opt for the six-speed automatic transmission and you’ll get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. If you choose the six-speed manual, your CX-5 comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque.
The base Sport model starts at $21,795 and includes a choice of front- or all-wheel drive with standard features like cruise control, remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescopic steering column, and a 12-volt power outlet in both the front and the cargo area.
Automatic transmission models receive a 7-inch full-color touch-screen display with the Mazda Connect infotainment system and HD Radio. Both transmissions include AM/FM/CD/MP3, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, a USB audio input, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Move to the Touring at $25,215 and the driver gets a six-way power adjustable seat with lumbar support and a 40/20/40 split one-touch fold-down rear seatback for greater versatility when it comes to loading cargo. The steering wheel and shift knob get leather wraps and the front seats come heated for cold weather months. The Touring is only available with the larger 2.5-liter engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Grand Touring has a starting price of $28,220 and offers the same single engine and transmission option as the Touring, but with a more luxurious interior. It has a moonroof, an eight-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, leather sport seats, and a Bose Centerpoint 2.0 surround sound audio system with nine speakers.
The largest Mazda SUV is the completely redesigned Mazda CX-9, which adds yet more cargo room, seating for up to seven passengers, and an exclusive Signature trim level. All trims offer a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive with a six-speed automatic transmission. Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with up to 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, depending on the type of fuel you use.
The CX-9 offers the most cargo space of any Mazda SUV. There are 14.4 cubic feet available with the rear seats up, 38.2 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 71.2 cubic feet available with the second and third rows folded.
The base Sport starts at $31,520 and includes three-zone automatic climate control, two front console USB inputs, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The second row split-folds 60/40 and reclines and slides to access the third row. The third row split-folds 50/50 for flexibility with cargo or passengers.
Choose the Touring at $35,970 for added features like a power rear liftgate with programmable height adjustment, eight-way driver’s seat with power lumbar support, a four-way power front passenger seat, heated front seats, and leather trim for the first- and second-row outboard seats. Infotainment also gets an upgrade as the 7-inch infotainment screen in the Sport grows to eight inches in the Touring.
Add even more luxury with the Grand Touring trim, which starts at $40,170. It includes a moonroof, LED accent lighting, second-row retractable window shades and a Bose Centerpoint 2.0 surround sound system with AudioPilot and 12 speakers.
Finally, there’s the luxurious Signature trim, which has a starting price of $44,015. This trim level features genuine rosewood inlays, Nappa leather-trimmed seats, and unique stitching on the steering wheel.
No matter your needs, Mazda offers an SUV that’s a perfect fit. With models ranging from the compact CX-3 crossover to the full-size CX-9, there’s a combination of features and versatility for every budget.