For half a decade, Napleton's Palatine Mazda has provided the Mazda CX-3 to drivers in Palatine or the Arlington Heights area who need a subcompact crossover. The CX-3 is a sporty driving personality that's great on gas, has good interior space, and doesn't do too shabbily on standard tech. Indeed, the Mazda CX-3 does well in combining SUV and passenger vehicle attributes.

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The Mazda CX-3's four-door design borrows some SUV and hatchback elements for a sleek exterior. It incorporates black side body garnish. Automatic LED headlights with auto-leveling technology tilt downward and flow into the chrome-finished grille. Joined to the front doors are body-colored power side mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators. Dual bright-finished exhaust outlets and a roofline spoiler highlight the rear. Mazda uses a unibody construction for maximizing strength.

Trims & Features

While earlier iterations of the CX-3 were each available in multiple trim levels, Mazda recently decided to combine this vehicle's attributes into one model. It names the Sport. Two rows of sporty cloth-trimmed seats accommodate up to five people, remarkable for a car its size. The cargo hold is also impressive; you can fold down the rear seats to maximize it at 42.7 cubic feet.

Pressing a key fob button unlocks the CX-3's doors, which has a push-button to start the engine. Infotainment on the CX-3 is embodied by the Mazda Connect 7-inch color touchscreen interface. Mazda Connect integrates features such as a six-speaker stereo system, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, hands-free text message capability, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input jack to plug in and play media from portable devices, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

In addition to the touchscreen, Mazda Connect is accompanied by a rotary knob in the center console for executing infotainment features. Mazda Connect includes automatic emergency notification for calling for assistance if there's an accident or breakdown.

Driver assistance on the CX-3 comes from lane departure warning to alert you when you leave your lane without signaling, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert to prevent side and cross-traffic collisions, collision warning with pedestrian detection to prevent front-end crashes, and radar cruise control with stop-and-go technology to maintain a safe following distance. For restraint and cushioning, the vehicle has two front impact airbags, two side impact airbags, and two side curtain airbags. Other standard safety features on the CX-3 include electronic vehicle stability and traction control systems for keeping you planted in your lane, a rearview camera for video monitoring when you move in reverse, hill launch assist for preventing rollback when you shift from park to drive to go up a hill, and a theft-deterrent system.


The powertrain of the Mazda CX-3 consists of a 148-horsepower 2.0-Liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. This configuration provides a remarkable acceleration. Its peak fuel economy-at 29/34 mpg-makes it among the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. Front-wheel drive is standard, with the option of going with an all-wheel-drive system instead for better traction ability.

Since the CX-3 has a unibody construction, it is lighter than if it had used body-on-frame construction. Couple that with electric power-assisted steering, and it's no surprise that it has top-notch handling and cornering ability. The four-wheel anti-disc brakes bring your vehicle to a complete stop quickly. The suspension-consisting of MacPherson struts in the front and a torsion beam design in the rear-is tuned for a sporty driving feel.

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Ready to test-drive the Mazda CX-3? Call us at Napleton's Palatine Mazda near Kildeer, IL to check out new inventory, talk about financing, and schedule an appointment with one of our Mazda specialists today.

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Napleton's Palatine Mazda

1811 N. Rand Road
Directions Palatine, IL 60074

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