New Mazda CX-3 vs Competing Crossover SUVs

Mazda's CX-3 is a sporty crossover SUV with dimensions that make it great for urban driving, but all the amenities and features you'd want for long road trips. It comes with a 2.0 liter 148-horsepower 4-cylinder that gets 29 mpg around town and 34 mpg on the highway, and can scoot from 0-60 in 8.6 seconds. That gives it a clear edge over competitors like the Chevy Trax, with a 138-horsepower engine that gets it from 0-60 in a leisurely 9.3 seconds, or the Hyundai Kona that's rated at 26 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

It's well-appointed with all the high-tech infotainment and other accessories you've come to expect in crossover SUVs. Even the base Sport edition offers amenities like infotainment system voice command, Aha(™), Pandora(r) and Stitcher(r) internet radio integration, text message auto delivery and reply and a 6-speaker system with a 7" screen.

You'll also find safety features like a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, all standard equipment. If you upgrade to Touring or Grand Touring trim levels, you'll also find Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts and hill launch assist - all of which are optional on competitors like the Hyundai Kona or Toyota C-HR, if they're available at all.

Inside, the CX-3 will take good care of you on long trips, with options like heated seats, a 6-way power driver's seat, leather upholstery, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, rain-sensing intermittent wipers, storage aplenty, a power sunroof (at the Grand Touring trim level) and Mazda's Advanced Keyless Entry system with push button start. There's plenty of room for five adults and cargo, all packaged with handsome, muscular styling, exterior dimensions that are perfect for urban Chicagoland driving and the type of nimble handling, road manners and supple ride that you'd expect in a sedan.

That's all with a sticker price that starts just a shade over $20,000 - and backed by Mazda's 3 year/36,000 mile warranty and a legacy of Mazda quality and excellence. WIth this combination of cutting-edge features, performance, fuel economy and comfort, why look at anything else? Stop in for a visit at Wilkins Mazda located in Elmhurst,IL and give the CX-3 a test drive!