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The 2021 Mazda CX-3 Sacrifices Comfort For Performance

Aug 16, 2021
The 2021 Mazda CX-3 Sacrifices Comfort For Performance

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 Sacrifices Comfort For Performance


The 2021 Mazda CX-3 has an excellent reliability rating, but just an okay road test score. While its performance is pretty good, its comfort is not. Is the Mazda CX-3 comfortable enough to deal with to get its benefits? Let’s take a look at the Consumer Reports ratings for a better idea of what’s behind its score.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-3’s comfort isn’t great

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Mazda CX-3 an okay 3/5 for its ride, as well as for noise. Front-seat comfort is also okay, at a 3/5. Rear seat comfort gets only a 2/5. Consumer Reports says that “the CX-3 is very snug inside.

So snug, in fact, that you might physically outgrow the Mazda CX-3 before you’re ready for your next car.” They go on to say, “once inside, it’s clear that it’s short on room. The car infringes on shoulder and elbow space, making the cockpit feel hemmed in. The driver’s seat is narrow, the rear seat is snug, and the cargo capacity is puny.”

Interior fit and finish get a very good 3/5. The trunk and cargo space scores only a 1/5, with just 18 cubic feet of storage space. Consumer Reports notes that “You can forget about packing for a family vacation.”


The 2021 Mazda CX-3 is loaded with safety features

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 comes standard with a decent amount of safety features. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking for the city and highway, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, and pedestrian detection are all standard in the 2021 Mazda CX-3.

So are a rear view camera, anti lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and daytime running lights. Lane keeping assistance isn’t available.

Both the IIHS and NHTSA have crash-tested the 2021 Mazda CX-3. The IIHS gives it all good ratings. The NHTSA gives it five stars for everything except for its rollover rating. The rating for both the 2WD and 4WD rollover is four stars.


Predicted reliability is high, but owner satisfaction is low

To determine the reliability of a vehicle, Consumer Reports sends out surveys to people who have bought previous versions of the vehicle. They then combine this survey data with what they know about the current model. They say that with these two pieces of information, they can “expertly predict the reliability of new and redesigned models.”

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Mazda CX-3 a perfect 5/5 for its predicted reliability. The 2019 also had an excellent reliability rating, with the brakes getting the worst rating at a 2/5.

The CX-3 gets a poor owner satisfaction score, at a 2/5. Similarly to reliability, Consumer Reports uses surveys to determine this score. The driving experience for the Mazda CX-3 gets a 70, while comfort gets a 43. Styling gets a 74, and value is a 56. Only 52% of people would buy the Mazda CX-3 again.

If comfort isn’t your priority or you won’t be driving frequently, the 2021 Mazda CX-3 may still be a good choice. With its abundance of safety features and good crash test ratings, the CX-3 still has a lot to offer drivers.

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Mazda Motor Corporation (Japanese: マツダ株式会社, Hepburn: Matsuda Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese multinational automaker based in Fuchū, Hiroshima, Japan.

In 2015, Mazda produced 1.5 million vehicles for global sales, the majority of which (nearly 1 million) were produced in the company’s Japanese plants, with the remainder coming from a variety of other plants worldwide. In 2015, Mazda was the fifteenth largest automaker by production worldwide.



The name Mazda came into existence with the production of the company’s first three-wheeled trucks. Other candidates for a model name included Sumera-Go, Tenshi-Go and more.

The name was also associated with Ahura Mazda (God of Light), with the hope that it would brighten the image of these compact vehicles.

The company website further notes that the name also derives from the name of the company’s founder, Jujiro Matsuda. The other proposed names mean “god” (Sumera) and “angel” (Tenshi); both indicate Matsuda’s strong interest in human faith.

The Mazda lettering was used in combination with the corporate emblem of Mitsubishi, which was responsible for sales, to produce the Toyo Kogyo three-wheeled truck registered trademark.



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Mazda began as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd, as a cork-making factory founded in Hiroshima, Japan, 30 January 1920. Toyo Cork Kogyo renamed itself to Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. in 1927. In the late 1920s the company had to be saved from bankruptcy by Hiroshima Saving Bank and other business leaders in Hiroshima.

In 1931 Toyo Kogyo moved from manufacturing machine tools to vehicles with the introduction of the Mazda-Go auto rickshaw. Toyo Kogyo produced weapons for the Japanese military throughout the Second World War, most notably the series 30 through 35 Type 99 rifle. The company formally adopted the Mazda name in 1984, though every automobile sold from the beginning bore that name. The Mazda R360 was introduced in 1960, followed by the Mazda Carol in 1962.

Beginning in the 1960s, Mazda was inspired by the NSU Ro 80 and decided to put a major engineering effort into development of the Wankel rotary engine as a way of differentiating itself from other Japanese auto companies. The company formed a business relationship with German company NSU and began with the limited-production Cosmo Sport of 1967, and continuing to the present day with the Pro Mazda Championship, Mazda has become the sole manufacturer of Wankel-type engines for the automotive market, mainly by way of attrition (NSU and Citroën both gave up on the design during the 1970s, and prototype Corvette efforts by General Motors never made it to production.)

This effort to bring attention to itself apparently helped, as Mazda rapidly began to export its vehicles. Both piston-powered and rotary-powered models made their way around the world. The rotary models quickly became popular for their combination of good power and light weight when compared to piston-engined competitors that required heavier V6 or V8 engines to produce the same power. The R100 and the RX series (RX-2, RX-3, and RX-4) led the company’s export efforts.

During 1968, Mazda started formal operations in Canada (MazdaCanada) although Mazdas were seen in Canada as early as 1959. In 1970, Mazda formally entered the American market (Mazda North American Operations) and was very successful there, going so far as to create the Mazda Rotary Pickup (based on the conventional piston-powered B-Series model) solely for North American buyers. To this day, Mazda remains the only automaker to have produced a Wankel-powered pickup truck. Additionally, it is also the only marque to have ever offered a rotary-powered bus (the Mazda Parkway, offered only in Japan) or station wagon (within the RX-3 and RX-4 lines for certain markets). After nine years of development, Mazda finally launched its new model in the U.S. in 1970.

Mazda’s rotary success continued until the onset of the 1973 oil crisis. As American buyers (as well as those in other nations) quickly turned to vehicles with better fuel efficiency, the relatively thirsty rotary-powered models began to fall out of favor.

Combined with being the least-efficient automaker in Japan (in terms of productivity), inability to adjust to excess inventory and over-reliance on the U.S. market, the company suffered a huge loss in 1975.[13] An already heavily indebted Toyo Kogyo was on the verge of bankruptcy and was only saved through the intervention of Sumitomo keiretsu group, namely Sumitomo Bank, and the company’s subcontractors and distributors.

However, the company had not totally turned its back on piston engines, as it continued to produce a variety of four-cylinder models throughout the 1970s. The smaller Familia line in particular became very important to Mazda’s worldwide sales after 1973, as did the somewhat larger Capella series.

Mazda refocused its efforts and made the rotary engine a choice for the sporting motorist rather than a mainstream powerplant. Starting with the lightweight RX-7 in 1978 and continuing with the modern RX-8, Mazda has continued its dedication to this unique powerplant.

This switch in focus also resulted in the development of another lightweight sports car, the piston-powered Mazda MX-5 Miata (sold as the Eunos and later Mazda Roadster in Japan), inspired by the concept ‘jinba ittai’. Introduced in 1989 to worldwide acclaim, the Roadster has been widely credited with reviving the concept of the small sports car after its decline in the late 1970s.