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They say good things come in little packages, and that is certainly true of the new 2017 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover. This littlest-in-range might be small, but looks can be deceiving. The CX-3 offers a lot more range than your average SUV; like sports appeal, 18-inch wheels, and Grand Touring model’s i-Activsense package—Mazda’s clever name for active safety technology.

If you’re looking to Graduate from a coupe or sedan, but don’t want or need a full-size SUV, the CX-3 is a noteworthy contender. I recently test drive a 2017 mazda CX-3 to see what this subcompact crossover has to offer; noting that the Premium package adds a power sunroof, Bose seven-speaker audio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a rear cargo cover to an already ample offering.

Some of the things I enjoyed include the Standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio, so I can still take business calls safely on the road; BOSE® seven-speaker audio system, for listening to my playlists and podcasts; and Power moonroof for those amazing California views.

With a starting price of $22,900, the mid-level Touring trim is perhaps the best blend of value, style, and comfort.

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Among those, the most noteworthy features include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls
  • Heated front seats
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

I found the added space a great way to get a sense of luxury, and overall, the CX-3 it’s less compact than the name suggests. You get a lot of the functionality of a SUV, but without losing the driver’s passion for the road. This is still at its heart, a car that is designed to be driven for the of driving; something I resonate with greatly.

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But, on the flipside, the CX-3 is also a sensible choice for the growing family or those who need more space. It’s great to see mazda acknowledge this niche, and still serve drivers with craftsmanship and solid engineering.

The Premium package adds a power sunroof, Bose seven-speaker audio, SiriusXM satellite radio, a rear cargo cover, and $1410 to the bottom line. Front-wheel drive is standard, but, if you need it, all-wheel drive is available on any CX-3 for a reasonable $1250.

Check out what real road users have to say by following #MazdaCX3 on social media, or visit Mazda USA to book a test drive.

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