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2016 Mazda CX-3 Fuel Economy Tops Out at 35 MPG Hwy

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/22/2015 Kelly Pleskot

According to official EPA numbers, the Mazda CX-3 tops out at 35 mpg on the highway, putting it on par with the Honda HR-V and above the Chevrolet Trax.

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Of course, the CX-3 promises its maximum fuel economy when paired with front-wheel drive. It's rated at 29/35 mpg for a combined 31 mpg. With all-wheel drive, these numbers fall slightly to 27/32 mpg with a combined 29 mpg rating. Mazda offers all CX-3 models with a 146-hp 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Previously, Mazda predicted that its cute-ute would best the HR-V's fuel economy when matched with front-wheel drive. It turns out Mazda was correct in terms of city fuel economy. Honda's entry, which comes with a 141-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder, maxes out at 28/35 mpg for a combined rating of 31 mpg with front-wheel drive and the continuously variable automatic transmission. Numbers are slightly lower for all-wheel-drive versions and models with the six-speed manual transmission.

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax, however, fares worse with its 1.4-liter 138-hp turbo-four. Fuel economy peaks at 26/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined, and can dip as low as 24/31/27 mpg with all-wheel drive.

The Mazda CX-3 first debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and is set to join a growing subcompact crossover segment. When we first drove the CX-3 just weeks ago, we noted that the small crossover benefits from responsive steering and well-controlled body roll. The CX-3 goes on sale this fall.

Source: EPA

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