Mazda CX-3 Maxx Review
Technically, Mazda sells an entry-level CX-3 for around $ 20,000, but it doesn’t really sell it, if you understand what we mean.
Sure, Mazda advertises a strong Neo for that amount, but no one really buys it, certainly opting in with a little more cash for a better-equipped, nicer-looking car once they’re real. participation in an agent.
In fact, in the powerful CX-3 lineup, 56% of buyers choose the more expensive Maxx – priced at $ 24,890 for the model car we’ve tested here – compared to the lower Neo, which only makes up seven parts. hundred sales.
So the question now is, do they have the right choice? Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
While some Japanese brands have a habit of throwing books at every possible part of a car’s interior, Mazda goes the other way, perfecting a minimalist approach to interior design.
And so you won’t find weird stereo design elements or buttons in the cabin of the CX-3. Instead, it’s a clean and simple layout, with Mazda’s 7.0-inch touchscreen above a completely unobstructed dash, the soft-touch panel’s score helps. conceal hard plastic and enhance the overall interior space.
Outside, there’s a lot to like about Mazda’s design, from the sports greenhouse and bunker – seemingly mounted on the base shaft like a sprinter on the starting block – to clean contours. will of bonnet and grille. It looks smaller than some competitors, sure, but it’s also more stylish than most, too.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
If the CX-3 is 4275mm long and 1765mm wide looks small from the outside, it feels the same way inside.
That said, the front passenger has enough room to spread out a bit, and it never feels dark or stuffy thanks to the feeling of a bright and airy cabin. Those in the front seats will share two cupholders, along with two USB points, an SD card reader and a power source, and there is room for each bottle.
Even so, things are a bit cruel and cramped for rear seat passengers. You’ll never get three adults in the back comfortably, and even a large child seat will dominate the space there, spanning both windows and the middle seat. It’s helpful, good legroom behind the front seats, but it’s the shoulder room that feels tight, unaided by the fact that the rear door panels are thicker and a bit more intrusive.
There are no cupholders, or vents, or USB sockets in the backseat, but there are pockets at each door, along with two ISOFIX attachment points, one at each window seat.
The boot space is small but usable, especially for weekend trips, and the 60/40 rear seats improve the problem, expanding the luggage space from 264 liters to 1174 liters when folded flat.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
Maxx occupies the second rung on the CX-3, above Neo leading the price and below Akari sTouring and top-spec.
That’s $ 24,890 – less than $ 2 thousand if you choose the manual and another $ 2 thousand if you want to add all-wheel drive – buy you a 16-inch alloy (upgraded from the wheel) steel on the Neo), chrome exhaust tips and rear spoiler on the outside, while inside you’ll find fabric seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 7.0-inch touch screen fitted with navy combined with an upgraded six-speaker stereo. Cruise control and push start button round the list of the best standard features.
The CX-3 also receives Mazda’s ability to drive updates – specifically focusing on reducing NVH and adding the brand’s ‘Torque Vectoring Control’ system – right on the range.
Importantly, you will also record some major security upgrades, but we will dive into the sections under the security subheading.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
Only two engines are available on the CX-3 range, with the 1.5-liter diesel engine paired with the 2.0-liter petrol we’ve tested here.
The 1998cc petrol unit will produce 109kW at 6000 rpm and 192 Nm at 2800 rpm, transmitting its power through a conventional six-speed automatic and into the front wheels. This is a playful small engine and feels very well suited to the CX-3 Maxx’s 1282kg weight.
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
Mazda claims to use the 6.1L / 100km fuel for the combined cycle and the CX-3 Maxx will happily drink 91ron, or E10, for that matter. Emissions are pegged at 146g / km of the C02.
What does it like to drive? 8/10
Its dimensions may be calculated based on the actual front, but it’s a boon on the road, with the CX-3 feeling sharp and dynamic as you move.
Although paper-based specs won’t create racing impulses, the old-school power supply means you never wait for complicated turbochargers or gearboxes to find out what they’re doing. Instead, it’s a simple point and shoot setup that fits perfectly with Maxx.
It marks a lot of boxes on the road that are often overlooked in the small SUV segment.
It was built for the city, and Maxx handled paper-thin alleys and too small parking spaces with ease. It’s also bright and airy from the driver’s seat, and great visibility in all the rear window expectations, odd angles and hurting rear vision.
Even without an engaging sport mode, seemingly doing little but stopping at a lower gear long enough to cause discomfort, the CX-3 still feels very energetic, even when you leave the citadel. City in search of a zigzag road. The steering wheel feels connected and responsive, while the suspension definitely tells you what’s going on below.
However, this is not the most refined drive and the gearbox can feel like it is skyrocketing – especially when you’re new to moving – and it’s still not particularly quiet. But it marks a lot of boxes on the road that are often overlooked in the small SUV segment.
What safety devices are equipped? What is a safety assessment? 9/10
The CX-3’s standard safety information is first-class, even the base-level Neo offers dual front, side and curtain airbags, along with rear parking sensors, support for sloping cross-departure and system. The AEB system works whether you move forward or backward. In fact, a reversing camera is the only noticeable exclusion.
Spring is for Maxx though, and you’ll add a camera along with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. All of which help ensure the CX-3 has an ANCAP rating of up to five stars.
What is the cost to own? What warranty is provided? 7/10
The CX-3 Maxx comes with Mazda’s standard three-year / km warranty, which is lagging behind industry leaders – with service intervals pegged at 12 months or 10,000km.
Cheap service is also thrown in, with Mazda customers having access to all service costs on the brand’s website.