Mazda’s smallest crossover, the Mazda CX-3, is sometimes its most overlooked vehicle, as its larger sibling, the Mazda CX-5, pulls in the highest sales numbers. Meanwhile, its largest sibling, the Mazda CX-9, offers drivers especially luxurious touches throughout. However, despite the excellence of the larger crossovers in the Mazda lineup, the 2017 CX-3 still pulled in its own impressive collection of accolades.
One of the latest awards for the 2017 Mazda CX-3 comes from the Chicago Auto Show, as the Chicago News has named the 2017 Mazda CX-3 as the “Best Crossover of the Year.” The CX-3 was chosen over four other vehicles in its segment.
Chicago News recognized the CX-3 for its premium feel. “Instead of feeling like an entry-level model, it has the same finishes and technology as its bigger brothers,” said the Chicago News editors. “Most of its competitors feel like entry-level models, but thanks to Mazda’s unwillingness to compromise, you get a well-appointed and fun-to-drive crossover that really does live up to the name.”
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 has a starting MSRP of $19,960, and it comes standard with a 2.0-liter, SKYACTIV-G engine, combined with a six-speed automatic transmission, which produces 146 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with front-wheel drive, the CX-3 delivers a fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway*. It can also be equipped with an all-wheel drive system, which slightly lowers the fuel economy to 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg* on the highway, but offers more traction on unpaved paths.
Mazda, of course, is very proud of this news. Robert Davis, senior VP, Special Assignments, Mazda North American Operations, said, “Mazda CX-3 is a perfect balance between style and substance with its beautiful design, upscale interior and all-weather utility. We’re thrilled that the 2017 CX-3 was named Best Crossover of the Year by Chicago News, as it’s a perfect vehicle for on-the-go Chicagoans who desire the ruggedness of a crossover SUV in a smaller, more efficient package for the urban jungle.”
For an entry-level crossover that feels like anything but entry-level, look toward the 2017 Mazda CX-3.
*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.
This article is presented by Gossett Mazda.