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SAMURAI RIDES: THE 2017 MAZDA CX 3 – BIRTHDAY EDITION

 SAMURAI RIDES: THE 2017 MAZDA CX 3 – BIRTHDAY EDITION

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After a short hiatus for the heart of the winter season, Samurai Rides is getting ready to welcome in warmer days. Before we hit the official start of Spring those good folks at Mazda sent me a little gift. Seeking to make my travel a bit more comfortable, the Mazda CX 3 Grand Touring was dropped off for me to enjoy my birthday week in style. Sitting at the top of the subcompact division you know the quality that Mazda delivers. When I saw the Dynamic Blue of this ride, my favorite color, I was in heaven, but enough chatter let’s dive into another edition of Samurai Rides.

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First off I can imagine what you are thinking? How on earth is he really reviewing a sub compact vehicle? Isn’t he tall? Yes, it’s well documented that I’m rather over sized but that is beauty of the CX -3. Even for someone of my height Mazda’s latest CX Compact car didn’t restrict my movement, comfort or enjoyment what so ever. I’ll admit I had to lean that driver’s seat back so heaven help who ever attempts to sit behind me. Outside of that it was all good. This is the 2nd year for the CX-3 after its’ initial introduction into the Mazda line up last year. It’s essentially a replacement for the Mazda 2 which is no longer available in the U.S.

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Max & Mazda. Matching Blue as we hit the road.

Truthfully, after a solid debut Mazda is just tweaking a few things for 2017. They have made a few features available in lower trims besides the Grand Touring edition. You can enjoy the redesigned 18 inch wheels at the mid level trim now as well as the  i-Activsense package which offers adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking, and more. Mazda shaved off nearly $800 to bring that add-on option pack just under $1200.

Another thing I will say is that the CX-3 Is not the ride to get if you’re planning on lugging around a lot of stuff. There’s modest trunk space here. You should be ok with your weekly personal groceries but massive shopping trips will have you putting bags in the rear seating space.

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Design wise Mazda remains the master of giving the look of cars costing more than they do. Surprisingly luxurious would be a great way to describe the sleek appearance of the CX-3.

This ride looks like a mini SUV but it handles like a car smoothly navigating the road. You’re getting 146 horses out of the 2 liter 4 cylinder engine. That’s getting you from 0 – 60 in 8 secs. Not bad at all. It definitely did the trick as I celebrated my birthday around New York City. In this case the smaller ride made parking that much easier.

Overall, my streak of good times with Mazda cars continues. From the seamless on road handling, to safety features, to the always simple entertainment media interface, Mazda’s consistent delivery of quality shines through with their 2nd run of the CX-3. In all honesty I really only see competition coming from within their own brand. What I mean is that the price of the Grand Touring starts around $27K at which point you may be tempted to hop up to the CX 5 for a solid increase in power and size. So, aside from some possible in-fighting, Mazda is looking pretty strong to close out the first quarter of the new year. Take a look below at a few images and swing by Mazda USA for even more CX-3 info.

Stay Tuned Samurai Rides has something special on deck to usher in the Spring.

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SAMURAI RIDES: HITTING THE ROAD WITH THE 2016 MAZDA CX-3 GRAND TOURING

SAMURAI RIDES: HITTING THE ROAD WITH THE 2016 MAZDA CX-3 GRAND TOURING #DRIVEMAZDA

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Rolling with some more new wheels courtesy of the good people at Mazda. This time around I get to complete the series of Mazda CX  SUV’s with the 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring Edition. During the heart of winter the CX-3 shows why it’s so well suited for the cold or the pleasant climates.

I’ve previously reviewed the larger CX-5 & CX-9 models in both summer and harsh winter settings. As I put the CX-3 through its’ paces I had less snow but more pot holes to navigate as the above normal temps of this season have wrecked havoc on the roads. Never the less Mazda’s most compact of the CX series would hold its own in all categories. The  exterior of the Grand Touring  is the familiar Mazda body type with the large rear swooping down into low sleek hood. The Interior is gorgeous as the pearl and black leather finish has a dark, crimson, wine colored trim around the seats, door and gear shift.

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There’s no let down in how the CX-3 handles on the road. All the safety features you have come to expect from Mazda are at your finger tips here. Lane proximity alerts on all 4 sides, smart cruise control and blind spot monitoring add to the layers of protection Mazda provides.

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Here is the gorgeous two-tone leather Interior.

With the interesting winter we have had I got the opportunity to ride the CX-3 over snowy, icy, wet roads and sunny clear pavements in the same week. Regardless of the conditions this rides whips and was fun to drive.

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The familiar Mazda CONNECT™ INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM

Completing the full round of reviews for the CX SUVs from Mazda was a refreshing experience. After a decade plus of over sized, gas guzzling truck driving see the new wave of larger vehicles gave me a great new take on potential driving options.

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If you are looking for a ride with room but without the bulking tank-like feel of classic SUVs the CX-3 is exactly what you should be looking into. The CX series from Mazda has been officially stamped with the #SamuraiRides seal of approval but don’t just take may word for it. Click here for a few of the industry’s views on the Mazda CX-3.

 

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