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So I put a little over 1000 miles on my CX-3 this weekend. Drove from Northern VA to Boston (Cambridge), MA. Here's my review on how the CX-3 handles, moves and what it gets for gas mileage with a 95%/5% highway to city ratio.

Left Northern VA on Friday, September 4 around 5:30am and arrived in Cambridge, MA around 6:30pm. I stopped every two hours or so and took an hour to have lunch in CT. I forgot to get exact start and finish numbers on the mileage gauge, but I remember I was hovering around the 850s. I took a backroad, state highway out of VA and then picked up a major interstate in Gettysburg, PA. I had no slow downs other than a small pocket of traffic on Route 20 in MA (not a major highway and had lights). According to googlemaps the drive should have been about 542 miles one way and would take a little over 8 hours if driven straight. I only hit 2 tolls (I refuse to pay the ridiculous fees of the NYC tunnels), via upstate NY and the Massachusetts Highway.

For those of you playing our home game, you know I bought this car on Friday, August 21. Given that I've been loving how it rides, I've been putting more than my normal weekly miles on it. Before the break in period (600miles) was completed I was averaging around the 30.9 - 31.7 mpg (according to the car).

After I reached MA I took another peak at the average gauge in the car. I had upped it to 32.5mpg! Given that the EPA topped this car (AWD, Sport) at 32 on the highway I was impressed to go beyond that.

There was a 12-hour break for Baystate, while I checked into the hotel, tooled around Cambridge and slept the sleep of only someone crazy enough to spend 12 hours in a car. The next morning I drove to Harvard, parked the car and tooled around Harvard Yard. Anyone on here from that area? OMG PJ Licks is the best ice cream, Crema cafe has my heart (the orange blossom beignets!) and the stationary store got a lot of my money.

I departed from fair MA around 2:30 and while I made fewer stops on the way home (5 instead of 7) it still took me over 10 hours to get home (arrived around 1:30am). The mileage on Baystate was then 2025 (for the math people that means I did about 90 miles off highway, given the route I took). The average mpg was 34.5mpg!!! This is even better news than when I reached MA.

I am an aggressive driver (but not an asshat), I can merge with the best of them and I'm not interested in cutting anyone off. I try to get over a lane if you're merging onto the highway and shockingly enough I maintained the posted speed limits (only setting my cruise control for 2 - 4 miles over the limit depending on the area). To be fair I used the passing lane as intended and only needed to stay in it for longer than the necessary get around time when an 18 wheeler made it clear he was way bigger than I, (although I had a flash back to the original Fast and Furious honda pass under the 18 wheeler scene). PA has several sections of 84 that had been narrowed to one lane with a jersey wall on one side and the very small median and expansive treeline on the other. Posted speed limits were 55 to 65 on any given highway and would drop down to as slow as 45 for major roadwork areas.

Despite being dog tired today, I am happy to report that the road trip solidified my love for this brand and in particular this model. This is my first ever Mazda and I'm more than greatful that I held off my car buying in June when I saw the first magazine article about this coming soon.

Baystate got a much-needed bath (the bugs...my windshield was coated, shudder) and a longer break today and I'll be reporting my findings to the dealership I purchased it from (since they wondered how the mileage would do on a longer road trip).

I gassed up the car 4 times (because I have issues and hate to get under 100 miles in my range), but I'm pretty sure that wouldn't have affected my mpg. If you have questions, feel free to ask. I covered most of the important (to me) things, but if I can give additional info I'll be happy to give my thoughts.
 

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How was the road/wind noise at highway speeds? Our test drive was in the city so im going back tonthe dealer today and go for a highway run.

From what i could tell from my test drive the seats were extremely comfortable but again that was a short trip. What was the longest part of your drive non stop?
 

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How was the road/wind noise at highway speeds? Our test drive was in the city so im going back tonthe dealer today and go for a highway run.

From what i could tell from my test drive the seats were extremely comfortable but again that was a short trip. What was the longest part of your drive non stop?
Yes, interested to hear your opinions on these as well. My test drive of 3 different CX-3's too me onto the interstate and even not on it, I noticed more wind noise that I would really have liked...left front pillar area. The road noice was acceptable. I agree, the seats were nice. That's very important for long drives.
 

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How was the road/wind noise at highway speeds? Our test drive was in the city so im going back tonthe dealer today and go for a highway run.

From what i could tell from my test drive the seats were extremely comfortable but again that was a short trip. What was the longest part of your drive non stop?
The seats were amazing. Usually after a few hours I'm itching to get out and move around, but I can honestly report if not for the call of nature I would have happily driven longer between stops. The longest time in the car was a three hour chunk while making my way across PA and into upstate NY.

As for the road noise I'm not sure. I'm a audio book listener and music lover so if the car was on I had one of these going. The road noise didn't seem to interfere with either of these at a normal volume (25 to 30 on the CX3 scale)
 

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As for the road noise I'm not sure. I'm a audio book listener and music lover so if the car was on I had one of these going. The road noise didn't seem to interfere with either of these at a normal volume (25 to 30 on the CX3 scale)
I guess the only way to tell (sans keeping the radio at a lower level) is to drive, maybe with a passenger where there is conversation. Thanks.
 

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My wife and I took a longer trip over the weekend to Burlington VT and also enjoyed my time on the highway. We only clocked in 7 hours of highway drive time and a few hours of local driving around VT.

I don't get the concern of the road noise. I listened for it after hearing Leavenfish complain; I tried to hear the "sounds like a window is down" level of noise he asked about. The car sounds fine in terms of noise in my opinion. I don't expect that a Mazda would have a luxury car feel and sound to it though. I did hear the noise from the engine reving, but I've known for a while that Mazda caters towards a sporty stiffer ride. Now the car i drove previously was loud and at some point developed a noise from the drivers window, so maybe I am a poor reviewer. What spoke more to me about the car not being loud was that my wife drove on the way up and i spoke to her over the car's bluetooth hands free system (while I had my factory earbuds on my side). We spent over an hour talking and she came in great. As a salesperson that has to travel this was very important to me. I feel that if the car was loud it would get picked up over hands free.
 

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The three kinds of noise I tune out are road noise, engine noise, and Leavenfish grousing. Just sayin'!

Questions for Baystate Blue:

1. Do you have AWD or FWD. I've forgotten.

2. Was the air conditioning on during your big trip? I'm a unclear on how much that affects mileage in the CX-3.

3. Is most of your home driving around VA city or highway or mixed? I'm still well under 600 miles and in mixed driving, heavy with stop & go traffic, I'm seeing 23 MPG so far.

4. No use of sport mode or paddle shifters, correct?
 

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I don't get the concern of the road noise. I listened for it after hearing Leavenfish complain; I tried to hear the "sounds like a window is down" level of noise he asked about. car was loud it would get picked up over hands free.
WIND noise...like the window was cracked....wind rushing by. It is just more than the HRV's I've driven, that's all. Both have some road noise/engine/transmission noise... and they sound different. All will at this price point.
 

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The three kinds of noise I tune out are road noise, engine noise, and Leavenfish grousing. Just sayin'!

Questions for Baystate Blue:

1. Do you have AWD or FWD. I've forgotten.

2. Was the air conditioning on during your big trip? I'm a unclear on how much that affects mileage in the CX-3.

3. Is most of your home driving around VA city or highway or mixed? I'm still well under 600 miles and in mixed driving, heavy with stop & go traffic, I'm seeing 23 MPG so far.

4. No use of sport mode or paddle shifters, correct?
To answer your questions:

1) I have AWD, I want FWD, but finding it was proving harder than normal.

2) I'm not a huge fan of AC usage, but I did have it on during the hotter parts of travel. On the drive back though, it was windows open all the way!

3) Most of my home driving is highway/city (60%/40%). I use the major toll road to get to work in the morning and typically take the city way home in the evening when there's less traffic. In the few days since I've been back my mileage is holding steady at 32.4mpg.

4) I used the sport mode once the entire trip and that was to get around a particularly snotty driver who was being an asshat about letting me back into the middle lane after I was in the passing lane. Other than that it wasn't needed because the regular get up and get of the CX3 got me where I needed to be with zero hesitation.
 

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WIND noise...like the window was cracked....wind rushing by. It is just more than the HRV's I've driven, that's all. Both have some road noise/engine/transmission noise... and they sound different. All will at this price point.
I have to admit I don't understand the whole cabin noise debate. I don't know ANYONE who drives in their car without any sort of music or background noise playing. A few years ago I did test this point with a Mercedes that I had as a rental and other than feeling really eerie because I couldn't hear anything going on outside of the car when I didn't have anything playing (car horns and slight road noise were it), I don't think I would like it at all. I like to hear and feel the ride, but I also don't want to sound like I'm riding outside of the car.
 

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I have to admit I don't understand the whole cabin noise debate. I don't know ANYONE who drives in their car without any sort of music or background noise playing. A few years ago I did test this point with a Mercedes that I had as a rental and other than feeling really eerie because I couldn't hear anything going on outside of the car when I didn't have anything playing (car horns and slight road noise were it), I don't think I would like it at all. I like to hear and feel the ride, but I also don't want to sound like I'm riding outside of the car.
Agreed. I can only understand it being a problem when other people have trouble hearing you on the phone. Otherwise it is music being played, or me staring off in a highway trance oblivious to nothing but my own thoughts and the car in front. I can understand there being a car that is just too loud, but that is not what we are talking about.
 

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I have to admit I don't understand the whole cabin noise debate. I don't know ANYONE who drives in their car without any sort of music or background noise playing. A few years ago I did test this point with a Mercedes that I had as a rental and other than feeling really eerie because I couldn't hear anything going on outside of the car when I didn't have anything playing (car horns and slight road noise were it), I don't think I would like it at all. I like to hear and feel the ride, but I also don't want to sound like I'm riding outside of the car.
Thanks for posting your experiences.

Please bear with us folks who seem to have a minor obsession with noise.
I have always liked little cars and when younger, noise levels were of little concern.

Don't know why, but as I age I prefer calmer surroundings, home, car, public.
My hearing is not improving, and competing background noise makes it difficult to enjoy the cars sound system and use the blue tooth.

Its astounding to me that someone would drive at road speeds with windows down and still be able hear anything going on inside the car.

Maybe I should get a geezer mobile like a Buick or Camry. Ha! No way. Still like the the inherit fun to drive nature of little cars.
 

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To answer your questions:

1) I have AWD, I want FWD, but finding it was proving harder than normal.

2) I'm not a huge fan of AC usage, but I did have it on during the hotter parts of travel. On the drive back though, it was windows open all the way!

3) Most of my home driving is highway/city (60%/40%). I use the major toll road to get to work in the morning and typically take the city way home in the evening when there's less traffic. In the few days since I've been back my mileage is holding steady at 32.4mpg.

4) I used the sport mode once the entire trip and that was to get around a particularly snotty driver who was being an asshat about letting me back into the middle lane after I was in the passing lane. Other than that it wasn't needed because the regular get up and get of the CX3 got me where I needed to be with zero hesitation.

Thanks for the info and well done on getting terrific mileage.
 

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Thanks for posting your experiences.

Please bear with us folks who seem to have a minor obsession with noise.
I have always liked little cars and when younger, noise levels were of little concern.

Don't know why, but as I age I prefer calmer surroundings, home, car, public.
My hearing is not improving, and competing background noise makes it difficult to enjoy the cars sound system and use the blue tooth.

Its astounding to me that someone would drive at road speeds with windows down and still be able hear anything going on inside the car.
What he said...

Me, I like Jazz...the sort with periods of 'open spaces' where not so many notes competing with each other. My old Civic has wind issues...just not cool when you are heading down the road listening to some old Coltrane or Miles...and notice the wind or road noise.

Actually, I find I mostly listen to sports talk radio to and from work during football and hockey season...doesn't spoil the experience since it's just people talking because the experience is just information, not beauty.
 

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Don't know why, but as I age I prefer calmer surroundings, home, car, public.
My hearing is not improving, and competing background noise makes it difficult to enjoy the cars sound system and use the blue tooth.
Well you don't need to worry about that. As I said earlier, if there was more than unusual noise the blue tooth hands free would pick it up and make it difficult for the other person to hear you; and that is not the case with the CX-3 while cruising around.

If you don't want to hear your engine revving when an engine is suppose to rev than a Mazda may not be for you. I am unaware of cars with very quite revving engines, maybe Tesla's. But wind noise isn't a problem in my opinion with the CX-3. Until i get my roof rack on (i'm going whisper bar).
 

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What he said...

Me, I like Jazz...the sort with periods of 'open spaces' where not so many notes competing with each other. My old Civic has wind issues...just not cool when you are heading down the road listening to some old Coltrane or Miles...and notice the wind or road noise.

Actually, I find I mostly listen to sports talk radio to and from work during football and hockey season...doesn't spoil the experience since it's just people talking because the experience is just information, not beauty.
I can understand that. Music and driving definitely seem to go hand in hand. I personally like a heavy bass line and having a sound system that can handle that matters. The bose system that I listened to in my Touring test drive honestly didn't sound any better than he Sport model. So instead I'm looking to aftermarket options. But I get the wind noise, because I don't like any. So as long as the windows are either fully up or fully down I'm fine, but that cutting noise with windows slightly lowered doesn't help me at all.
 

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Okay another update. Still upping the Mpg on the sport. I did an up and back trip from NoVa to Richmond, VA today and got the mpg up to 32.8.
 
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