Mazda CX-3 – Competent little SUV

We take the Mazda CX-3 for a road test drive

The Mazda CX-3 is in the smallest category of SUV. Their sales have rebounded very strongly in the first four months of the year compared to the COVID slump of 2020 which hit Mazda hard and leads this category even outselling its nearest rival, the Toyota Yaris Cross by more than two to one.

Mazda CX-3

The range is huge. There are six variants in two-wheel drive and four in all wheel drive.

Prices, before on road costs, range from $22,900 up to $38,700.

All run a two litre 110kW petrol engine


Doesn’t have a touch screen, but rather a dial for moving the cursor like a mouse.  I much prefer that. A touch screen, especially with the small seven-inch screen in the Mazda, are difficult to operate and dangerous if you are on the move with your hand bouncing around.

There’s a five-year warranty and five-year road side assist.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto