Zoom-Zoom in the 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

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We are a Mazda family, and this week we reviewed the 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring .   This sporty and sleek  subcompact crossover is engineered with SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY3   which basically means that it provides excellent fuel efficiency without compromising performance.  As we expected, we were very pleased with the driving experience the Mazda CX-3 provided us.  A company that promotes the motto “Driving Matters,” we know that they care about the experience with the details they provide in their automobiles.

The CX-3 is a 5 passenger subcompact crossover.  With four doors and a rear hatch, the Mazda CX-3 has plenty interior room.  The leather and suede seats are quite  stylish and comfortable.  The front seats are fully adjustable allowing you to move forward, recline, or lower or higher.  With the 60/40 split fold-down rear seat back, there is plenty of room for packages and even tailgating!




With 35 HW MPG and a sport mode, the handling of this subcompact crossover provides a smooth and quiet ride that allows the driver to control the extras while driving.  With an easy to read dash with a variety of high-tech tools, you can do many things just from my steering wheel such as answer and make phone calls, lower or raise the volume, and even change the radio stations.  My favorite feature is the voice command that allows me to call my family as we are out and about.


As a current Mazda owner, the Mazda CX-3 has a great navigation system with a seven-inch full color touchscreen display.  Mazda’s touchscreen’s are easy to read and feature many cool options.  One of my favorite features is the speed limit indicator that is designed to inform drivers  on what the speed limit is on each road.   It even changes as your speed exceeds the limit.   Plus, there is nothing like the Mazda Navigation system.  I have been using my iPhone to navigate from place to place.  Having the directions clear and easy to see on the touchscreen screen will make getting from place to place so much easier!   It will also alert us to  nearby places of interest.


 The HUD (Heads-Up Display) or Active Driving Display (noted in the picture below) is located above the dash of the driver.  It is a reflective screen that can be moved to adjust to the driver’s height.  The screen provides the driver with a digital view of the car’s current speed.  The numbers are easy to read and do not interfere at all with the driver’s view of the road.  This allows you to focus on driving and not worrying about looking at your dash to determine your speed!


If you have been following me for any length of time, you will know that one of my favorite features to highlight in a car is the stereo system.  Mazda’s come equipped with a Bose Surround Sound system.  With seven speakers,  this music lover knows firsthand what great sound quality is and the Bose sound system is where it is at!   We even went to a drive in and got to experience the surround sound system as we watched The Secret Life of Pets.  It was AMAZING!    Of course, we also took advantage of  syncing our iPhones to the vehicle and so we could enjoy everything that we have downloaded.  And I can’t fail to mention the Sirius XM system in the CX-3.  You have a variety of entertainment and genre choices with this.  Our dials pretty much stayed on 25 and 26.

As if it could not get any better, it does!  The rear camera feature is really superior to any I have tried before. The image and resolution are crystal clear and proved to be quite useful when traveling through the various terrains in our area.


  The LED headlights are absolutely incredible! The winding mountain roads are DARK and hard to navigate through.  Having a vehicle that properly illuminates the road is a necessity.  With an adaptive front lighting system, I had no trouble seeing the roads at night!  The lights in the vehicle turn with you as you turn through corners and curves allowing you to visually see what lies before you.  This is such a great feature to have especially when you live where we do.  It helps aid in spotting lurking animals, and it helps you see the winding roads ahead of you.

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.

One last thing I would love to say about this company before I close out this blog post and we get ready to hit the road.  Mazda cares about others.  Each time I have been given the wonderful opportunity to test drive one of their cars, I am given a $25 gift card to give to a charity of my choice from Mazda.  Now I do not know about you but I love a company that supports giving back!  It makes me happy to know that the Mazda 6 we invested in is from a company that knows the importance of giving back.

Overall, the Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring is a great sporty subcompact crossover that drives extremely well.  It has strong a performance and great fuel economy!   If you are looking for a sporty vehicle that has some zoom-zoom, you gotta check out the Mazda CX-3!  It is a great value for the money!


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26 thoughts on “Zoom-Zoom in the 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

  1. Elizabeth O. says:

    Mazda is an awesome company, I’ve heard so many good things about it and I’m sure it lives up to its name. This sounds like my kind of car and with the bose speakers, that’s a winner right there!

  2. Eileen Mendoza Loya says:

    That car looks amazing! My daughter has a Mazda and she loves it because of its fuel efficiency. I would love to have a CX-3, however, our current car is still fairly new so maybe in a few years time, we’d choose a Mazda.

  3. savingcmncents says:

    I really love the sporty look of this! We had a Mazda 3 years ago and I really did love it. It was zippy and maneuvered so well. I think we might go back to a Mazda in the next 6-12 months!

  4. Kathy Kenny Ngo says:

    I always hear too many positive feedbacks for mazda and I am sure they are real. And I am more convinced as I read your post. I might switch to mazda this time.

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