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The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is one of the sharper-looking cute utes on the road today.
The 2016 Mazda CX-3's windshield is more aggressively raked than its classmates.
The 2016 Mazda CX-3's large grille has some nice detailing.
The 2016 Mazda CX-3's profile view shows off its narrow, tapered greenhouse.
The 2016 Mazda CX-3's rear hatch isn't available with a power-close feature.
The Mazda CX-3's rump is its most ordinary aspect, but it's still handsome.
Mazda's familiar 'wing' badge has a place of honor on the CX-3's grille.
LED cornering headlamps are an unusual feature in this vehicle class.
Fog lamps on this Mazda CX-3 GT are very compact and nicely integrated.
Uplevel CX-3 trims feature LED tail lamps.
18-inch alloy wheels are unusually large for the CX-3's class.
Black fender overriders butch up the exterior of the CX-3 and make it look more capable off-road than it is.
Upper-trim CX-3s feature turn signal repeaters in the side mirrors.
A subtle rear spoiler adds directional thrust to the CX-3's greenhouse and helps keeps the back window clean.
The CX-3's dashboard looks great in this color scheme, and its slim design helps outward visibility.
The CX-3's small leather-wrapped wheel feels good in one's hands.
This upper-level GT features a prominent tachometer and too-small MPH readout.
Mazda CX-3 seats are comfortable and supportive. Will the white leather stay clean?
The CX-3's rear seats feature shingle-style headrests for better rear visibility when not in use.
The CX-3's cargo area is just 12.4 cubic feet with the seats erect (44.5 cubes with the 60/40 split seats folded).
CX-3 Grand Touring models feature single-zone automatic climate control.
The Mazda CX-3 is one of the only cars in this class to feature adaptive cruise control.
The way the doors and the dashboard marry on the CX-3 is nicely integrated.
The CX-3's gearshift is a traditional mechanical lever.
GT-spec CX-3s have nice suede-like materials lining the doors.
Round air vents feature an unusual amount of detailing for an inexpensive vehicle, and they work well.
The traction control and lane-departure switchgear is hidden from view by the steering wheel.
The sport button makes a noticeable difference, particularly when it comes to transmission shift points.
All Mazda CX-3s feature a tablet-style 7-inch touchscreen.
Mazda Connect's rotary knob and buttons ape the control scheme of costlier infotainment systems.
Mazda promises an expanded menu of apps is coming for the CX-3.
This is Mazda Connect's home screen.
The Mazda CX-3 features many different ways to get your music.
Some settings for the CX-3's advanced safety systems can be toggled via Mazda Connect.
Mazda's lane-departure warning system will beep or replicate the sound of a rumble strip to warn the driver.
This 2.0-liter four cylinder required significant reengineering to fit under the hood of the CX-3.
The Skyactiv 2.0-liter four is cleanly packaged, but there's not much room for do-it-yourself mechanics to work on it.
The engine cover not only advertises Mazda's Skyactiv technology, it also muffles drivetrain noise.