It’s time to take a trip with the new 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD! Just a few short weeks ago I needed to take a trip from my hometown in the mountains to the coast. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to test out the CX-3. As a mom, I am always looking for a family car…but this trip was about ME. I didn’t need an SUV or larger vehicle. I wanted a compact car that got great gas mileage. Well, I got was I asked for! The CX-3 is the perfect commuter car.
It’s always fun to have a new car pull up at your work! My good friends couldn’t wait to check out my new ride for the week… Soul Red Metallic… fiery just like me. I took them for a little spin from the back parking lot to the front parking lot. It was a tight fit for 4 grown adults (especially my friend Brandon who is 6’6″…he had to squeeze into the front seat with his LONG legs). Though it was a tight fit for 4 adults, it wasn’t too bad for 2 adults and 2 kids. My children, ages 6 and 8, still sit in booster chairs. Their seats fit great in the back, but they did kick the driver and passenger seats (not on purpose, but because it was very compact in the back).
The interior was absolutely beautiful! They call this color Parchment…but as you can see it has some sporty details with the black at the base of the seat and trimmed with red to match the exterior paint. It’s all in the details! LOVE IT!
The CX-3 is a keyless entry and start. With a push of the button the car will jump into action! Everything is within your grasp…back-up camera, music, volume, navigation, phone, air, seat warmers (FYI — the seat warmers didn’t automatically turn off when the car was off), USB outlet, etc.
The back-up camera is one of my favorite features. Every car needs one! My second favorite feature is the built-in USB port. We are in an age of technology…and everyone has a cell phone. I love being able to charge my phone while I travel. With 2 USB ports, you can charge your phone and tablet at the same time (or two phones). It’s nice to have that feature when you have a family, are traveling, or just commuting to and from work.
The navigation system was my least favorite. Please note, it was a very valuable tool when traveling from Oakhurst to Monterey…but in my opinion it could have been better. First of all, I really wanted the screen to be a touch screen. I kept touching it thinking it was, but alas it wasn’t. The controls for the navigation were close at hand, which was nice. However, when selecting your route the screen would get stuck (or at least I couldn’t easily click to make it navigate to where I wanted to go…it kept asking me to type in the destination over and over again). Once I finally got the navigation system to work, all was good. My second observation was the brightness of the screen. When driving, I couldn’t adjust the brightness level (I never tried when I was stopped) and got stuck in the “settings”. At night the screen was VERY bright. I wish it had a automatic night setting.
Let’s talk about the trunk! When traveling, having enough room for my luggage is key! The CX-3, though compact, has a nice amount of storage. I used it to deliver the 80 t-shirts and dye to my classroom on Friday before I left. What was nice is that even though the box was a little tall, when you closed the trunk door the “lid” adjusted so the door could close. (Flexibility…love it.) My suitcase, laptop, and lunchbox had room to spare on my trip. PLUS, there is a hidden compartment underneath! So if you wanted to store your purse while walking the pier in Monterey, just hide it and go!
If you are looking for a compact car that get’s great gas mileage, then I highly recommend checking out the 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring! It was a fun car to drive…I am sure going to miss it!
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Check our my review of the 2015 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
Disclosure: Drive Stop loaned me the Mazda CX-3. I was allowed to test drive this vehicle for one week. All opinions are 100% my own. No form of compensation was received in exchange for this post.