Like pizza, crossover SUVs come in all sizes and with a wide variety of toppings. Mazda’s fresh-from-the-oven CX-3 is on the personal-pizza side of the size spectrum, but the company didn’t scrimp on the goodies. That’s the trend these days — just because a car is small doesn’t mean it can’t be loaded with features.
I say “car” because the CX-3 is no more likely to engage in such traditional SUV activities as off-road rock-hopping or hauling muddy mountain bikes than Paris Hilton is apt to be America’s next Ninja Warrior. Yes, the CX-3 is available with front- or all-wheel drive and features oversize wheels and slightly elevated seating, but the small but tall five-door CX-3 is built off the subcompact Mazda2 four-door sedan platform. It’s just a few inches longer than a Mini Countryman and more than half a foot shorter nose to tail than a Mazda3 five-door hatchback. The CX-3’s fast, sloping windshield, coupe-like greenhouse and cozy cabin ensure that it will never be a beast of burden, ferrying sticky preschoolers to Chuck E. Cheese birthday parties or toting big-screen TVs home from the big-box store.