Mazda’s adorable subcompact retains the agility, if not the acceleration, of its sporty sedan siblings while offering an excellent 34 MPG highway. Plus, I’ve never been more impressed by a sub-$30k interior; in Grand Touring trim, the CX-3 cocoons you in leather, silver and suede.
But my goodness, is it tiny.
With the seats up, the CX-3 features less cargo space than a Porsche Cayman. The CX-3’s big brother, the CX-5, offers triple the space for just $4,000 more and three fewer MPG. Choosing between them, then, is the difference between choosing excellent and perfect.