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post #1 of 28 Old 08-17-2015, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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Got meteor gray GT today. First owner in NH and dealer believes I'm the fifth CX-3 owner in the U.S.
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Wow!
Look forward to your reports on your driving experiences. ..
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Got meteor gray GT today. First owner in NH and dealer believes I'm the fifth CX-3 owner in the U.S.
Congrats! Make sure to share your experience with CX-3 with us.
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Pics and "reviews" to come later this week!
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GT vs. Touring?

Just curious. Why the GT vs. the Touring trim level? I am considering the Meteor Gray Touring model but might get the GT once I see it in person. Some reviews have said the smaller wheels on the Touring model are actually optimal. Are real leather seats a lot better than the "leatherette" on the Touring model?
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The decision between Touring and Grand touring was an easy one for us once we looked at both. Once you add navigation to the touring (a requirement for us) there is only a $1,000 price differential and that gets you these features:
Much nicer rims that really change the overall look of the car. Leather seats vs. the leatherette stuff which, to me was very polyester-ish, kind of slippery and a little cheap looking. Full LED headlamps and tail lamps, fog lights (which also change the look of the car a bit) & adaptive headlights (a good safety enhancement). The active driving display (which also shows the navigation steps which I really like). Upgraded climate control (auto setting and not the cheap looking rotary knobs).

Now, I was able to negotiate the price down $300! Plus I got another $500 off due to an S-plan certificate I got through my employer. Then I got the dealer to include the storage accessory to organize crap in the trunk ($50). So, I got the Grand touring for roughly $200 more than the touring which is well worth all the extra features (assuming you get the premium package on the touring which give you the moonroof & Bose stereo).

I read that the 16" rims have a slightly different driving dynamic than the 18". I prefer the lower-profile tires and the difference in handling you get -- maybe a little bumpier but a better feel to me.

Regarding color, it's all subjective but this car does take to gray. I'm not a huge fan of the plastic wheel well cladding and gray masks that the best of all the colors. Gray also looks nice along with the black highlights on the 18" rims and matches the areas of red you see inside the Touring & Grand touring models.

More to come later but feel free to ask specific questions if you have them.
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Looks sharp in the grey and I agree with your logic. GT is a good value! Congrats on the purchase.
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Good Choice

I agree the car looks great in the Meteor Gray color and your logic for the GT vs. the Touring makes sense. I am so used to using my smartphone for navigation that it's not a critical feature for me but the other upgrades including real leather versus "leatherette", auto climate control are very nice indeed. The CX3 are just starting to make it to dealers here in Chicago so I hope I can get to test drive one here in the next week! Thanks for your reply.
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Amazed you got $300 off. I'm only seeing MSRP here (NY), but some dealers are throwing in freebies like cargo mats, wheel locks, etc.



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