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Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Mazda CX-3 has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2017 Mazda CX-3 Review

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 ranks near the top of the subcompact SUV class. It has a zippy engine and a smooth ride, along with outstanding safety scores and below-average ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent, athletic handling
  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Impressive interior design
  • Outstanding crash test results
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Small cargo area

2017 Mazda CX-3 Overview

Is the 2017 Mazda CX-3 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is a very good used subcompact SUV. It has the best handling in the segment and offers a fuel-efficient engine that delivers quick acceleration. Inside, you’ll find lots of top-notch materials. Still, no vehicle is perfect. The CX-3’s rear head- and legroom are cramped for most adults.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, the total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 24 professional evaluations for this 2017 Mazda CX-3 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Mazda CX-3?

There are about 190 listings on our site for the 2017 CX-3, ranging from $17,800 to $25,000. The average list price is $21,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 CX-3 are estimated to be $22,257. That’s below average for the subcompact SUV segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CX-3?

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 has a starting price of $20,110, and it tops out north of $27,000. Mazda retuned the suspension for 2018 and made low-speed automatic braking a standard feature. Beyond this, there are no notable differences between the 2017 and 2018 models. You’re better off getting the used 2017 model to save some money.

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The 2017 CX-3 has an average list price of $21,300. If that’s the upper end of your budget, but you’d still prefer a new vehicle, you have a couple of choices. The 2018 Hyundai Kona starts at $19,500 and has more front and rear headroom than the CX-3. The Kona adds standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and its touch-screen infotainment system responds well to inputs and is easier to understand than the CX-3’s system. The 2018 Honda HR-V starts at just $19,670. It has an adult-friendly back seat and a versatile cargo area.

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Which Model Year of the Mazda CX-3 Is Best?

Mazda introduced the CX-3 for 2016, and there have been few changes since. The 2018 model offers an improved suspension, but you’ll be happy with the considerably less expensive 2016 model if this change is unimportant to you.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is considered average.

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2017 Mazda CX-3 Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 Mazda CX-3.

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Which Used Mazda CX-3 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 comes in three trims: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. You’ll find the base Sport trim to be a good choice. It is well-equipped with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a USB port, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display and voice-command activation. The Touring trim adds leatherette-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, proximity-key entry, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Grand Touring adds auto-leveling and adaptive LED headlights, leather and suede seats, automatic climate control, a Bose seven-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and navigation.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mazda CX-3 Warranty

Even with the CX-3’s average predicted reliability rating, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. Just note that, according to our analysis, Mazda’s CPO program is below average compared to those of rivals. GM’s CPO programs are more robust and offer more perks.

For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. To qualify as CPO, each vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the CX-3?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Mazda CX-3 a Top Safety Pick+, giving it top scores in every crash test. The CX-3 also received a top score for its available Smart City Brake Support system, which includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CX-3 five out of five stars for the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars for the rollover crash test.

Standard active safety equipment in the CX-3 includes only a rearview camera. Available equipment includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, and the Smart City Brake Support System.

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2017 Mazda CX-3 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mazda CX-3 or 2017 Honda HR-V?

Two-thirds of the vehicles in the subcompact SUV class are closely matched, so it’s the little things that set these models apart. The CX-3 is highly regarded for its handling, steering, and braking, while the 2017 Honda HR-V has a spacious cabin with good cargo space. However, if you can live with slightly less space, the CX-3 is the better choice. It has a voice-activated infotainment system and a top safety ranking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mazda CX-3 or 2017 Mazda CX-5?

You can think of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 as the CX-3’s big brother. The CX-5 is a compact SUV that offers considerably more rear leg- and headroom than the CX-3, as well as more cargo space. If you need that space, the CX-5 is the way to go.

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2017 CX-3 Performance

How Does the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Drive?

Like other vehicles in the Mazda lineup, the 2017 CX-3 is fun to drive. It has invigorating handling and precise steering, as well as a comfortable ride with no excessive body roll.

The CX-3 has a 146-horsepower four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. It delivers sufficient power around town, accelerates well to highway speeds, and has plenty of passing power.

Does the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel-drive 2017 Mazda CX-3 gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for the subcompact SUV class. The all-wheel-drive model drops slightly to 27/32 mpg city/highway.

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2017 CX-3 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 CX-3 Seat?

The 2017 CX-3 seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Available seating features include leatherette-trimmed seats, suede seats with leather trim, and heated front seats. The front seats are spacious and supportive, but rear-seat head- and legroom are tight.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mazda CX-3?

The 2017 CX-3 has a full set of LATCH car-seat connectors on both of its outboard rear seats, plus a middle-seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Mazda CX-3’s LATCH system an Acceptable rating – the second-highest score – because the anchors are buried too deep in the seats.

2017 Mazda CX-3 Features

Standard interior features in the 2017 CX-3 include a six-speaker stereo system, a USB port, an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, and voice command activation. Available features include HD radio, satellite radio, and a seven-speaker Bose system. The infotainment system has its quirks, though; for example, several steps are required to tune a radio station.

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2017 Mazda CX-3 Dimensions

Mazda CX-3 Cargo Space

The 2017 CX-3 has 12.4 cubic feet of cargo room with its back seats in place and 44.5 cubic feet of space with the seats folded. Both are low numbers for the subcompact SUV segment.

2017 CX-3 Length and Weight

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is 14 feet long. The curb weight for the front-wheel-drive 2017 CX-3 is 2,809 pounds, while the all-wheel-drive CX-3 weighs 2,952 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 3,840 pounds for the front-wheel-drive model and 3,990 pounds for the all-wheel-drive CX-3.

Where Was the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Built?

Mazda built the 2017 CX-3 in Japan.

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