Would you believe me if I told you that my Jeep has been in the shop for more than 6 months? It’s true. And now after waiting all this time, it turns out that the parts needed to fix my faulty roof don’t exist, so I won’t be getting my car back.
That’s both disappointing (because I love my Jeep) and exciting (because, new car!), and now I’m on the hunt for a fantastic replacement. As a dog mom who’s on the go every day, I’m in the market for a crossover SUV that’s fun to drive, easy on gas, and great for hauling my entire family, dogs included.
Recently I had the opportunity to test drive the 2018 Mazda CX-3, and today I can’t wait to tell you all about my experience!
Before I even got inside, I was already impressed by the CX-3’s gorgeous good looks. It is sleek and stylish, and the beautiful color blew me away. But we all know that a car has to be more than beautiful; it has to be functional, safe, and dependable.
The Mazda CX-3’s Smart City Brake Support and Adaptive Front-Lighting System made it a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus. It also features blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and a backup camera that lets you see all that’s going on behind you when you put the car into reverse.
The interior is definitely unique. Parchment leather and Lux Suede create a sophisticated environment that’s as comfortable and inviting for passengers as it is for the driver. The navigation screen also acts as the sound system control, and I love the look!
The CX-3 has plenty of room for all your precious cargo. In addition to the stylish and comfortable backseat, it boasts a cargo area that will hold 30 standard airline carry-on bags when the rear seats are folded. That’s a lot of room!
I drove the Mazda CX-3 for one week and found it to be fun and comfortable to drive. I really enjoyed the BOSE 7-speaker audio sound system with SiriusXM® radio, and I was super happy with the fuel efficiency of the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 liter engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. I got about 29 mpg in town and 32 on the highway, meaning trips to the gas station were few and far between.
My overall experience with the 2018 Mazda CX-3 was very positive, and I found it to be a great vehicle. I’m still on the hunt for my next car, but I definitely have not ruled out the CX-3!
Have you driven the Mazda CX-3? I’d love to hear about your experience in a comment below! If you’re in the market for a dog-friendly vehicle, I highly recommend a visit to your local Mazda dealership to check out the CX-3 as well as other fun models!
Disclosure: I was given the use of this 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD for one week courtesy of Mazda and DriveShop. All opinions are my own. Mazda is not responsible for the content of this post.