It's more about Mazda going upscale. Offer it and they will come.I like how the CX-3 2.0 is considered “sprightly” over there but “dangerously slow” over here (according to the Internet).
Looking at the website, the CX3 starts 5,000 pounds higher than the 2? Seriously? The crossover trend is out of hand and people can’t stop buying them.
The real question is, other than offer optional AWD (which will be changing very soon), have plastic cladding and offer a slightly higher sitting position, what can a CX3 do that a 3 can’t? Since you’re getting more car with a 3 for the same or lesser price (almost always less in actual transaction prices). If you’ve got a willing dealer, you can even get into a low trim 6 for the price of a loaded CX3 which isn’t even a comparison. Then you’re actually getting a usable backseat.
It's more about Mazda going upscale. Offer it and they will come.
The CX-3 looks more upscale than a 2. The base model prices pick up where the 2 leaves off. Can't compare the pricing. Look at the cars. The CX-3 fits that small urban runabout. It's not about hauling big items. Leave that for the CX-5, 6 wagon and CX-9.
It's slightly taller than a Mazda3, but shorter. It sells because of its compactness. Also looks the part.
I'm not blind to the pricing. It's really not trying to be anything more than a well equipped, well dressed, hatchback companion.
While my 2 has different sized tyres to the CX3 it has the same problem, Tall thin tyres are expensive because no one has them it was going to cost me over $200 a Tyre just for cheap Chinese ones and nearly $300 if I wanted Yokahamas the cheapest branded tyres available.My wife has one of these. I don't personally like it, but objectively it's rather good both on paper and on the road. It's also pretty reliable and surprisingly comfortable. It's also the only compact SUV we drove that didn't have a CVT in it, which was a huge win in my book.
Oh, and the AWD system works really well in poor weather. My wife drives about 25 miles to work one way and in Utah, we can get a foot of snow the day after it's 60 degrees in May. Never once had my wife had an issue getting down from our side of the mountain into the flatter part of the valley for work.
A couple of faults though. The tires are a weird size and cost a fortune if you need to replace them. My wife ran over a nail or something and had a blowout on the highway. It was like $270 to replace the one tire.
Also, if you have a wee child that requires a stroller, most normal sized strollers in the US don't fit in the rear cargo area. As you can imagine, this was a bit of a surprise when I went to load up the stroller and spent 15 minutes play Mazda-Tetris to get it to fit. When it didn't, I said screw it and went and bought a compact stroller that fits nicely.
Makes sense though a Mazda 3 is more expensive then a base 6 with it fully optioned as well.I was amazed at how expensive the CX-3 was when I bought my Mazda in late 2016. I wound up leasing a base model Mazda 6 which was a shade under $23k at the time. They had a fully optioned CX-3 that was over $30k and I couldn't believe it.
Makes sense though a Mazda 3 is more expensive then a base 6 with it fully optioned as well.
Active headlights, with adaptive LED
In the USA, the current CX-3 only gets the automatic too - and that's a grand right there.All good points, although the 6 has more power than the CX-3 over here and my 2016 came standard with a back-up camera. The only option on the CX-3 is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (148 horsepower, 146 pound-feet of torque) while the 6 has a 2.5L with 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque.