It's a very compact crossover. The AWD feature is great, gas mileage is good also and it's priced well enough. But if you're looking for a true crossover suv or if you travel and need the cargo space in the back this may not be the car for you. I have a hard time picking up 2 people from the airport and being able to fit their luggage in the car as well.
When I was in the process of purchasing a vehicle the Cx-3 was Mazda's new model out so there wasn't too much feedback from current owners of that model so I had to go by what Mazda's dealership told me. I had a few requirements including AWD, enough passenger space, as I was going to be using this car for work in real estate and need to be able to fit clients comfortably in my car to take out, and lastly decent gas mileage as well as affordable maintenance. At first I was just so happy to have a new car and was in a rush since I needed to purchase right away as my car had been totaled in an accident but I knew I wanted to go with Mazda or Nissan since our next car purchase was going to be an electric vehicle but Tesla has not yet come out with their more affordable model at the time. The car is very tight inside and I wasn't able to comfortably fit two people in my backseat without moving the front seats all the way up, which made my drive and the front passengers very uncomfortable. Also I had to have tires special ordered when there were nails and glass in the street ruining two brand new tires right after buying my car. I spent right about $600 on two tires and had to wait for them to be ordered because no one had the tires to fit this vehicle in stock at the time and there weren't options available when ordering I had to go with more expensive tires. Since both tires were ruined and I only had one donut and no spare at that time I ended up having to rent a car until the tires were delivered 5 days later. Even currently when looking for filters and other maintenance items for the CX-3 there's not many options compared to all the other Mazda models and find my air filters cost much more in comparison to the other filters available for the other models. Even cargo space is not as large as it appears and larger items are very difficult get into the car because the trunks small opening and door. My husband is happy driving the car, but he had a Honda Fit previously so he's used to a compact car. I can't consider this a "crossover suv" it's more the a compact hatchback with AWD. I would've went with another model if things would've been explained more honestly. But they made the car seem like consumers love it and it's roomy, with great gas mileage etc. I currently have to switch cars with a coworker every time I have to take clients out and if I wasn't lucky enough to have someone willing to do that we would've had to purchase another car for myself to be able to use for work.