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2016 Mazda CX-3 Official US Specs Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

2016 Mazda CX-3

You may already know that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover is set to go on sale in the fall of this year. This weekend, Mazda revealed the models official specs ahead of its production debut.

Under the hood, the Mazda CX-3 will only be available with a single engine and transmission option. It’ll be a 2.0L Skyactiv-G with output rated at 146 hp at 6,000 rpm and 146 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 RPM. The engine will only be offered with a six speed automatic transmission. There’ll be no manual CX-3 models offered in the US, at least for 2016.

2016 Mazda CX-3 rear

Why won’t Mazda offer the CX-3 with a standard transmission? Simply because there isn’t enough demand. However, just like they did with the Mazda 3, a manual transmission isn’t out of the question for future model years if there is enough demand for it.

Of course, Mazda gave us more details than just the engine and transmission. The CX-3 will use Mazda’s i-ACTIVE all-wheel drive and ACTIVSENSE safety suite (including lane-departure warning, Smart Brake Support, rear cross-traffic monitoring, rearview camera and Mazda Radar Cruise Control). Inside, the CX-3 will use the Mazda Connect infotainment system through a beautiful seven-inch color touchscreen. All trims will include Bluetooth phone-pairing and audio streaming, push-button start, cruise control, AC, power windows and doors, and keyless entry.

2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

The trim levels start with the Sport package, which comes with all the features listed above. Starting price for that model will be in the low $20,000s (specific pricing has yet to be revealed). Then, the Touring package gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded six-speaker audio system, armrests, and fancy mirror-mounted turn signals. The top of the range is held by the Grand Touring package which gets larger 18-inch alloys, a moon roof, leather seating, BOSE seven-speaker audio, and a whole bunch of other cool features like paddle-shifters and heated seats.

Want more details on the 2016 Mazda CX-3? You can read the full press release here.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan Juke

2012 Nissan Juke

This Nissan Juke is the undisputed king of the subcompact crossover class, with the new Honda HR-V looking like the other big rival to the throne. If the Mazda CX-3 wants to compete, it’ll have to stand up to cars like this one.

2012 Nissan Juke rear

The Nissan juke is the perfect example of what makes the subcompact crossover so appealing for drivers.

  • First, the Juke stands out; it has an eye-catching design, even if it’s a bit quirky.
  • Second, it feels like a car, not an SUV. Look at that interior – it’s cozy and well-appointed and it CAN have cargo space with the seats folded.
  • Finally, it’s efficient and fun. It has a 1.5L engine with an automatic transmission, similar to the CX-3 but with a smaller engine.
2012 Nissan Juke interior

To learn more about this auction find, keep reading below the auction sheet for a full rundown of the specs:

2012 Nissan Juke auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered 2012, Urban Selection model, FAT, AC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, HDD navigation system, digital TV, M-SV, interior trim scratches, marks as per map”


2016 Mazda CX-3 Makes European Debut as a Diesel

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

2016 Mazda CX-3 in action

Mazda has been on the upswing lately, so we were anxious to see the newest addition to their lineup at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. That car is the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover, which is already on sale in Mazda’s home market of Japan at the time of this writing.

2016 Mazda CX-3 silver

The Mazda CX-3 made a good showing at Geneva despite sharing the stage with similar offers from other big-name automakers like Nissan, Ford and, to a lesser extent, Suzuki. What makes the Mazda CX-3 different from most of the other crossovers at Geneva though is that (A) it’s a production-ready vehicle and (B) it’s powered by a diesel engine.

In fact, even though diesel cars accounted for less than 3% of all new cars sold in Japan during 2014, Mazda’s CEO Masamichi Kogai told Reuters that they would only be offering the diesel version of the CX-3 in the domestic market. He apparently believes that Japan is positioned where Europe was a few years ago. Today, half of all new cars sold in Europe are diesel-powered, so it’s clear that at least some of today’s drivers somewhere are beginning to get curious about diesel.

2016 Mazda CX-3 red

The Japanese version of the Mazda CX-3 will be sold with a new 1.5L SkyActiv-D turbocharged four-cylinder engine… You may find it interesting that this is simply a smaller version of the 2.2L SkyActiv-D that Mazda hopes to adopt in the US Mazda6 as soon as it meets their own self-set emissions and performance standards.

To briefly look at the new 2016 Mazda CX-3’s aesthetics, it follows closely in the steps of their other Kodo designed models, with the Mazda CX-5 bearing the closest resemblance. No surprise there since the cars share the ‘CX’ moniker! It has a boldly aggressive snout with an overall lively stance, but it’s been refined and simplified to appeal to a wider audience.

2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

New drivers will be able to choose from five trim levels of the new Mazda CX-3. Those trims are SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav. However, you’ll get a few standard features regardless of trim. For example, you’ll get 16-inch alloys, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, DAB radio and Bluetooth, standard airbags, cruise control, and several newer safety features like Tire Pressure Monitoring, Dynamic Stability Control and Hill Hold Assist… All regardless of trim.

A few noteworthy trim-specific features are:

  • 18-inch diamond-cut gunmetal alloys with chrome body accents and LED headlights at the Sport Nav trim
  • Lane Departure Warning & Smart City Brake for the SE-L and Sport Nav trims
  • Rear-parking sensors for all models above and including the SE-L trim
  • Bose surround sound, keyless entry and Mazda’s HUD system – Active Driving Display – in the Sport Nav trim

US sales of the new Mazda CX-3 are expected to start by summertime of this year, although we will only get access to the 2.0L petrol powertrain. Sales in Europe will likely start at a similar time, complete with the diesel option that Mazda is currently offering in Japan.


Mazda CX-3 Debuts in LA w/ New CX-5 & Mazda6

Posted by Stephen On Friday, November 21st, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen… The 2014 LA Auto Show is finally here!

To kick off our coverage, we’re going to look at everything that Mazda has brought to arguably the largest remaining automotive event in 2014. As you continue reading, you’ll learn about Mazda’s all-new CX-3 compact crossover, their makeover for the 2016MY Mazda6 and their refresh for the CX-5.

Mazda CX-3 Compact Crossover

2016 Mazda CX-3

First up, we have Mazda’s entry into the compact crossover segment, otherwise known as the Nissan Juke bandwagon. Even though it’s a highly competitive class of vehicles, you can see here that the segment’s top dogs shouldn’t underestimate Mazda’s newest offering. Even without Mazda’s mechanical prowess, this is one sharp-looking crossover.

The Mazda CX-3 is built on the same platform as the award-winning Mazda2. They’ve expanded the hatchback’s body to match crossover proportions with an extra 21.5cm length and 5.5cm height. Meanwhile, the interior cabin bears closer resemblance to the 2, although the extra size keeps the CX-3 feeling like an SUV behind the wheel.

2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

The CX-3 will be offered in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Mazda hasn’t given us specific details about the available powertrains, but we do know that there’ll be a 2.0L petrol in the US and a 1.5L diesel in other markets.

For more information about the new Mazda CX-3, read Mazda’s official press release.

Mazda CX-5 Crossover

2015 Mazda CX-5

Shown alongside the all-new Mazda CX-3 is the new compact’s older brother – the 2016 Mazda CX-5. All in all, Mazda didn’t do a whole lot to this car… It’s a great SUV that really didn’t need much updating, and they certainly wouldn’t want to detract from the CX-3’s debut. Still, there are a few noteworthy changes:

Outside, the front grille has been tightened up, and Mazda says they’ve tried to enhance the eye-like look of the headlights to “heighten the car’s look of vitality.”

2016 Mazda CX-5 interior

Inside, the biggest change is a 10% improvement in NVH – noise, vibration and harshness – on rough roads. With new safety features like Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart Brake Support, drivers of the 2016 Mazda Cx-5 should feel more comfortable and more confident than ever before.

2016 Mazda6 Sedan

2016 Mazda6 Sedan

As one of the first cars to get fitted with Mazda’s Kodo design language, the sedan has had its current exterior mostly unchanged for the past three years. Thus, this update is mostly aesthetic. You can see that the grille has been updated with new chrome bars, restyled LED lamps both up front and in the back, a shark fin antenna, and two new colors to choose from (Titanium Flash Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic). Mazda also refinished the 19-inch aluminum twin-spoke alloys with a darker gunmetal tint.

Under the hood, Mazda has embraced their KISS mentality by offering just one 2.5L petrol powertrain option for the 2016 model year. It currently looks like the only state of tune offered will be at 184hp.

2016 Mazda6 Sedan interior

Inside, just like in the Mazda CX-5, Mazda quieted the 6’s interior by 10% on rough roads, and a full 25% on smoothly paved highways or city streets. The sedan also gets the same upgraded i-Activsense safety suite. Unlike the CX-5, though, the Mazda6 gets a new Electrical Parking Brake (EPB), making it the first car in Mazda’s lineup to receive such a feature.


Nissan Juke-Rivaling Mazda CX-3 Could Come by 2015

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Mazda CX-5

What if you could see a Nissan Juke remade from the ground up with Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology and Kodo design language?

We’ve been hearing rumors of a Mazda CX-3 for a while now, but this is the first time we’ve heard an official reference to the car. It comes via an interview between The Motor Report and Martin Benders of Mazda Australia.

Basically, the interview confirmed one thing: Mazda is definitely interested in the compact crossover segment. They are officially gearing up to jump on the Nissan Juke bandwagon. Benders elaborated, saying, “There is opportunity there [in the compact SUV segment], absolutely. We’ve made it clear that it’s an area we’d like to be represented in.”

In the interview, The Motor Report used a bit of psychological trickery to pry a little more info out of the Mazda Australia boss. They bemoaned the fact that all previous rumors indicated a distant launch date for the CX-3, prompting Benders to say, “Oh, it’s not that far away.”

Brilliant, The Motor Report, simply brilliant! This means we can probably expect the Mazda CX-3 as early as next year, perhaps as a 2016 model year. This would fit with Mazda’s previous commitment to launching five new SKYACTIV models by the end of 2016.

As you can probably guess, the new CX-3 would fit into the Japanese automaker’s lineup right below the Mazda CX-5, and would likely share much of its design with the larger SUV. However, it’s looking like Mazda will take the CX-3’s platform and powertrain options from the new Mazda2. Previous rumors suggested that the crossover would share its design with the new hatchback too, but this report implies that Mazda will maintain a rugged SUV feel with the car’s design.

If the Mazda CX-3 does in fact make it to production with the Mazda2’s powertrains, that’ll mean drivers will choose between a 1.5L SKYACTIV-G petrol and a 1.5L SKYACTIV-D diesel (depending on the market). No further powertrain options have been hinted at, but it wouldn’t surprise us if Mazda teased a sportier engine option closer to the crossover’s launch date. That’d be a great way to build some extra hype.

Either way, compact crossovers make up one of the fastest growing segments on the market, so it’s no wonder that Mazda is anxious to get a competitor out on the field. And, it explains why they’d leak this new timeline information to TMR. All in all, we’re thrilled to hear that the Mazda CX-3 is “not that far away,” and we’ll definitely keep you updated as we learn more.

Thanks for reading!


Mazda CX-5 Closes in on 100,000 Units per Year, CX-3 Incoming

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Throughout 2013, we were eager to point out what a great position Mazda was in. All of their most recent vehicles have received stellar reviews (eg. the new Mazda3 and Mazda CX-5) thanks to their breathtaking design and efficient SkyActiv technology suite.

Well, it turns out, we were right, and the numbers most clearly show it when you look at sales of the Mazda CX-5: During 2013, Wards Auto reports that 79,544 of Mazda’s redesigned CUVs rolled off US dealership lots, an 83% improvement over 2012. Mazda NA CEO Jim O’Sullivan believes that the Japanese automaker will keep the CX-5 snowball rolling in 2014, and hopes to break through the 100,000 units-sold mark before the year is up. That would put it officially into the top tier of CUVs, sharing company with other six-figure vehicles like the RAV4, Rogue and CR-V.

According to O’Sullivan, this staggering increase in sales – which extends across much of their lineup – is due to a number of contributing factors. Improved brand awareness in the US, a favorable yen-dollar currency conversion, a growing automotive industry, and of course a new Mazda plant in Salamanca, Mexico have all helped Mazda reach new heights of success.

But, there’s more…

Mazda is also reportedly looking to expand their SUV lineup with a new competitor in the compact crossover category. This new crossover would apparently slot in right below the Mazda CX-5, and thus be named the Mazda CX-3. It would also likely be based on the next-gen Mazda2 city car, a new version of which we’ll see before the end of Q2 (possibly in Geneva).

This report comes from the Japanese financial newspaper, Nikkei, and although Mazda has gone on the record calling the story “purely speculative”, the prospect of a Mazda CX-3 makes sense. In fact, if you look back to 2012 at an interview between CarAdvice and a Mazda official you’ll find the following quote: “We are now developing a more compact SUV [than the CX-5] – more for Europe and we must imagine emerging markets [such as] Eastern Europe, South America, India, etc.”

Furthermore, in the recent interview with Wards Auto, O’Sullivan explains that “We’re seeing really good, organic growth from our current-generation Mazda3 customers that have bought maybe (the old compact) Protege, then Mazda3, (and) now (are) moving into crossovers and the CX-S …[A smaller CUV] is something Mazda is always looking at. For us, we think there’s growth in small crossovers.”

Unfortunately, our current information indicates that if the Mazda CX-3 eventually does come to be, it will start its life in Japan-only, and only then would it be transferred throughout Europe. There is no indication anywhere that the US will ever see the CX-3, although it would seem like a waste. And, we already know that the new 2015 Mazda2 will be built primarily in the Mexico plant, so it would make sense that a Mazda2-based vehicle would also be built there.

Either way, we’re all stuck sitting on our hands for now. We’re really at the mercy of Mazda on this one, but hopefully we will learn more about the potential Mazda CX-3 when we see the Mazda2 city car, ideally at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Until then, thanks for reading!