In an age in which buyers take to crossovers like ants to a spilled puddle of honey, it is not surprising that car companies are trying to stretch the crossover label to vehicles that don’t seem all that SUV-like. So it is with the Mazda CX-3.
Based on a car platform and taller than the sedan version of Mazda’s global subcompact, it is by that measure a crossover. But forgive us if we see it as being in many ways similar to the one-size larger Mazda3 four-door hatchback. In both shape and demeanor, the CX-3 is decidedly more car-like than the competitive Honda HR-V, Nissan Kicks, and Toyota C-HR. That has its advantages — most noticeably in handling — and its disadvantages: notably, that the CX-3 isn’t as roomy as several of its peers. What the CX-3 is is a good-looking, spunky small crossover that will deliver plenty of driving enjoyment.