Another work trip to D.C. means another opportunity I get to drive something other than the mom minivan. The 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD is a crossover vehicle with great handling that provides a smooth and quiet ride that also allows the driver to seamlessly control the extras while driving. Everything inside is thought out and nicely within reach or a voice command away. In fact, one of the most used feature for me was the voice command that allowed me to call my family as we are out and about. In addition, the CX-3 Grand Touring comes equipped with a Bose Surround Sound system which made any conversation sound good. With seven speakers and a lot of kick, music lovers will also rejoice.
The adaptive front lighting system is very useful for nighttime. I’m having a harder time seeing at night when driving so having a vehicle that properly illuminates the road is a necessity. The LED adaptive front lighting system means the lights on the vehicle turn with you as you turn through corners and curves allowing you to better see what lies before you. This is such a great feature to have whether you live in the big city or the country.
Overall, the Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring is a great sporty subcompact crossover that is comfortable with an interior that has a nice layout. It’s a good looking vehicle that has strong performance with Sport Mode and great fuel economy rated at 34 HW MPG. Plus, I prefer hatchback vehicles since they typically allow more options to store oversized items.
Special thanks to Mazda USA for allowing us to test drive the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD. As always, these opinions are my own.