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2019 Mazda CX-3 GT AWD Review – Napoleon Complex

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2019 Mazda CX-3 front quarter

2019 Mazda CX-3 GT AWD inline 4, DOHC (148 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 146 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm)

Six-velocity automated transmission, all-wheel drive

27 metropolis / 32 freeway / 29 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

eight.6 metropolis / 7.four freeway / eight.1 mixed (NRCan Score, L/100km)

29.four (noticed mileage, MPG)

Base Worth: $28,one hundred twenty US / $32,825 CAD

As Examined: $29,625 / $33,676 CAD

Costs embrace $975 vacation spot cost in america and $2,030 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be instantly in contrast.

The Napoleon complicated, in fact, is the place these of smaller stature overcompensate by being overly aggressive. Named for the legendarily brief French emperor (who might or might not have truly been all that tiny), these so troubled could also be excessively loud, with a mood matching their peak.

We car fanatics are likely to anthropomorphize our 4-wheeled buddies, on the very least giving them names, if not attributing characters and personalities. The unique Mini, for instance, is incessantly in comparison with an English bulldog.

Thus I really feel compelled to toss the Napoleon complicated label on the 2019 Mazda CX-3. It’s appropriately tiny, however with spirited dealing with nicely past the standard within the class. It’s additionally fairly loud.

2019 Mazda CX-3 profile

No, you aren’t seeing double. Matt Man did certainly review a Soul Purple CX-3 GT AWD again in October, very very similar to this one. His, a Canadian-market mannequin, I’m positive has specialty port-put in poutine holders. My U.S. market mannequin had no such feature, although I may need dropped a Timbit underneath a seat.

2019 Mazda CX-3 interior

As Monsieur Man and I are of equally tall stature, it ought to come as no shock that I echo his considerations with rear seat room. Briefly, it’s brief. The youngsters might handle sitting behind me, however I felt their knees all through my drive. Driving solo or two-up, nevertheless, I used to be pleasantly stunned with the extent of consolation afforded to the entrance row.

2019 Mazda CX-3 front seats 2019 Mazda CX-3 rear seats

The adaptive cruise management is a shock at this price level — particularly because it’s a system that features all the best way to a cease. It’s good for a visitors jam: set a protected velocity, permit the car to cease as wanted, and faucet the resume button on the steering wheel when visitors begins to maneuver once more. When you end up drumming together with Phil Collins on the steering wheel, ready for an accident to clear, a easy method to keep protected spacing in gridlock is welcome.

2019 Mazda CX-3 center stack

I’m oddly weirded out by the asymmetrical central sprint vents — look under the middle display. The left vent is round, identical to these on the flanks of the sprint. However the suitable vent is horizontal. Bizarre. Apparently, the heated seats on the CX-3 are impressively fast to return to temp. A lot in order that my sometimes frigid spouse needed to flip off the warmth after about twenty minutes within the passenger seat, even because the exterior ambient was properly under freezing.

2019 Mazda CX-3 dashboard

It’s a way more nice driving machine than the Toyota C-HR, with a greater driver’s seat. The rear seat is tighter than the C-HR, nevertheless. I’ll disagree with Mr. Man on the “Miata with a backpack” comparability — until that Miata is taking a triple load of courses, thus explaining the 613 kilos of books. This diminutive tender-roader weighs 2,952 lbs, versus the two,339 lbs of the newest Miata smooth prime. It drives properly, to make sure, with a directness to the steering and a comparatively flat cornering angle that isn’t typically seen on this class of vehicle.

However it’s not a sports activities car. The minimal greenhouse means outward visibility is claustrophobic. The all-wheel drive is tuned for impartial dealing with in all circumstances — not for tail-out slides on gravel. I’m not taking a CX-3 out on a racetrack. It’s enjoyable sufficient to drive, however I can’t abide the Miata/backpack label.

2019 Mazda CX-3 front

Disclosure time: I had extra time on this Mazda CX-3 than my traditional weeklong mortgage. It appears that evidently someday earlier than the preliminary supply, a driver hit one thing within the street requiring a brand new tire and wheel. The impression additionally broken the wheel bearing, however that wasn’t observed till I began driving. The grinding from the bearing was so disagreeable that I started wanting on numerous Mazda fanatic boards for comparable complaints. No one appeared to be having the identical expertise as I used to be. Thus, as soon as Mazda decided the issue, it was repaired and I examined the car for an additional week. The bearing noise was gone.

2019 Mazda CX-3 rear

There was nonetheless a very good little bit of street and engine noise, nevertheless — and a little bit of wind howl across the A-pillar at freeway speeds. It’s loud sufficient that I wanted to crank the quantity knob to drown out the noise. I do know that Mazda is obsessive about preserving general weight down, however ten kilos of insulation would do wonders.

2019 Mazda CX-3 cargo area

Concerning the styling — under the beltline, it resembles a Mazda three with black plastic cladding. I’d like to understand how plastic cladding, so beloved by Pontiac designers within the Nineties, turned the default signifier of a crossover. It’s frivolous and foolish.

2019 Mazda CX-3 gauges

Above the beltline is damned close to nothing. One thing that these in additional temperate climes won’t ever discover is the simplicity of scraping frost off of the glass on the CX-3 — as a result of there’s so little glass, the time spent scraping is minimal. It appears squashed.

Whereas this Soul Pink end reminds of the uniforms worn by the Duke of Wellington’s military at Waterloo, the CX-3 is definitely a loud, shouting Napoleon. For me, it’s not probably the most compelling choice within the class.

2019 Mazda CX-3 rear quarter

[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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