The mini Mazda is nearing arrival, however with so many new options in segment the choice has never been more difficult.
Chief rivals to the CX-3 include the Jeep Renegade, Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax and Honda's also new HR-V.
While we know the CX-3 will make use of a 2.0L inline 4, power figures are still MIA. We also know that AWD will be extra cost, we just don't know what kind of costs were working with yet.
Renegade pricing starts at $18,990 for a truck without air conditioning, 2 engine choices are available a 1.4L Turbo and a 2.4L natural 4 cylinder. AWD is a $2000 option.
At $21,075 for the base model the Juke still remains the godfather of the segment, propelling it to relevant status just a few years ago. a 188 hp 1.6L Turbo provides the motivation, routed through a CVT and no charge AWD. The Juke is the racier of the options for sure.
One of the better equipped vehicles in class, Onstar, 4G LTE, Navigation, backup camera and Siri Eyes free all attempt to buy your love with fancy tech gizmos, as a car it sounds average at best.
The other segment mystery, aside from fuel economy (28 city/35 highway) Honda is playing this one close to the chest. 138 hp from a 1.8L I4 routed through a CVT doesn't exactly scream urgency.