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Mazda CX-3 Review - The Small SUV

Table of Contents

  1. What is the CX-3?
  2. A head-turning design
  3. The driving experience
  4. What's under the bonnet
  5. A comfortable driver and family focussed interior
  6. Features-a-plenty
  7. The CX-3 range
  8. Neo Sport - from $27,329
  9. Maxx Sport - from $29,389
  10. Maxx Sport LE - from $32,220
  11. Stouring - from $34,230
  12. Akari - from $41,543
  13. Akari LE - from $42,058
  14. It's time to enhance your driving experience


You're in the market for a small SUV then? We believe wholeheartedly that you won't need to look any further than Mada's small SUV the CX-3. Comfortable, compact, versatile and delivering low on-road costs with great efficiency, means the CX-3 checks all the small SUV boxes. It has a number of features across the range like climate control, adaptive cruise control, and even all-wheel drive. 

So, let's begin with our short Mazda CX3 review below, and prove to you why it's such a great car. 


What is the CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 is the everyday driver's car, the small SUV champion on the road. Versatile and comfortable, it doesn't skimp on features or comfort, whilst offering an engaging and responsive driving experience. The CX-3 is the bestselling small SUV on the market in Australia, and for good reason.


A head-turning design

a head-turning design

It goes without saying the entire Mazda range is filled with stunning vehicles, and the CX-3 is no different. The elegant KODO design language is ever present in the current offering and is as visually striking as ever. From any angle, the CX-3 looks great with its swooping bonnet, emboldened wheel arches, and curvaceous silhouette.


The driving experience

The driving experience

The CX-3 shares the same platform and wheelbase as the already brilliant Mazda 2. Meaning CX-3 takes what's already great about the Mazda 2, performance and comfort and packs it into a larger package. Due to the smaller form factor of the CX-3 over other SUVs, the driving experience is a step above. It doesn't feel weighty and wallowy on the road like competitors and still allows for a large amount of room for all the passengers. 


What's under the bonnet

What's under the bonnet


The 2.0-litre Skyactiv engine boasts a 5.5 to 6.2 l / 100km fuel consumption. So, whether you choose the six-speed manual or the automatic transmission you're going to get a punchy and economical engine for the price. Due to the CX-3 sharing a lot in common with the Mazda 2 means the larger engine has a lot of breathing room to offer stunning performance for a small SUV.


A comfortable driver and family focussed interior

A comfortable driver and family focussed interior

No detail has been forgotten when designing the interior. The instrument cluster has a centralised and driver-focused design with an easy-to-remember layout. Everything the driver needs is within reach. Whilst the cabin space is spacious and comfortable easily able to fit a family inside, thanks to the smart layout of the seating arrangement. Across the range the seats are comfortable and supportive, with higher trim levels offering nappa leather.



As per Mazda's design philosophy, they offer a range of features that are only there to enhance the driving experience. Responsive and adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, apple carplay, android auto, and heated seats offer a luxurious and comfortable ride without needing to break the bank. Any long road trips with be a breeze even with the kids asking "are we there yet" every 10 minutes. 


The CX-3 range

There are six variations of the CX-3 on offer with mazda at the moment, and we'll explore each one starting from the cheapest working our way up. The whole range is packed to the brim with safety features, to ensure you and your family are safe on the road at all times. Each model also comes with the same 2.0-litre petrol engine, with similar performance specs. 


Neo Sport - from $27,329

Neo Sport


The entry-level CX-3 comes in either with either an auto or manual gearbox. Only available with a FWD drivetrain, and standard equipment such as ABS breaks, 16-inch wheels, cruise control, air conditioning and reversing camera. 


Maxx Sport - from $29,389

Maxx Sport

The Maxx Sport is very similar to the entry-level, coming standard with inbuilt satellite navigation, 16-inch alloys, and blind-spot monitoring.


Maxx Sport LE - from $32,220

Maxx Sport LE

The Maxx Sport LE has redesigned and unique 16-inch alloys and black side mirror caps and a luxe synthetic suede interior. 


Stouring - from $34,230


With the Stouring you get an active driving head-up display, so your eyes will never leave the road when checking your speed, LED headlights and, 18-inch alloys.


Akari - from $41,543

The Akari comes with true leather seats, a 360-degree view monitor to make parking a breeze, and a sunroof. 


Akari LE - from $42,058

Akari LE

The top-of-the-line Akari LE comes with specially designed Nappa leather seats, bright redesigned 18-inch alloys, and a new interior design unique to this model. 


It's time to enhance your driving experience

 It's time to enhance your driving experience

So if you're after a new car that's good value, compact, great on fuel economy, and all around just a good car the CX-3 is for you. Come visit us at Melville Mazda and view our range of Mazda CX-3s for sale in Perth.