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I just got an email from my guy at the dealership. He said that all CX-3s are coming in AWD. He told me that they haven't even started making any FWD and it might not be until November until they see any. :eek: I don't know whose bright idea that was.
 

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They are making the FWD in Canada. Wonder why they wouldn't for the USA?? Maybe that is the compensation for getting an arm rest haha
 

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They are available in the UK too.
 

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Longhorn I think you're being hustled. It may be that this first shipment is only AWDs, but more CX-3s coming and I wouldn't be surprised if FWDs are in that batch. Anything less and it would be a shabby ploy by Mazda to get an additional $1250 out of buyers and that would set them up for unwanted negative publicity.
On a related note, Honda only allocated AWD HR-Vs to areas of the country with adverse winter weather; the Northeast, for example.
 

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Longhorn I think you're being hustled. It may be that this first shipment is only AWDs, but more CX-3s coming and I wouldn't be surprised if FWDs are in that batch. Anything less and it would be a shabby ploy by Mazda to get an additional $1250 out of buyers and that would set them up for unwanted negative publicity.
On a related note, Honda only allocated AWD HR-Vs to areas of the country with adverse winter weather; the Northeast, for example.
I'd be surprised if that was the case. I've bought 3 Mazdas from this guy. He's always been straight up with me. I've only seen AWD showing up so far but time will tell.
 

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Makes perfect sense to me. You know there are many US-specifc requirements manufactures have to implement to sell vehicles here. Its why we're usually last to receive models. Mercedes just did the same with the GLA until they ramped US production lines.
 

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I was told the same thing in Easton, PA and Allentown, PA. In addition to this, I was also told that all the touring models are coming in with the premium package to start. I'm not really interested in the moonroof or BOSE sound system so this is just extra cost for nothing. Anyone else hearing this?
 

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On a related note, Honda only allocated AWD HR-Vs to areas of the country with adverse winter weather; the Northeast, for example.
That was one thing that drove me nuts when I was initially shopping in the CX-5 sized category. You could not find a FWD Honda or Toyota anywhere in the Northeast. None.

At least Mazda sends a few stray FWD models to the Northeast for people who'd prefer not to take the hit on gas mileage. With the CX-3, thats even less of an issue, thankfully.

I was initially not interested in AWD until I saw this video which sealed the deal for me.
 

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I was initially not interested in AWD until I saw this video which sealed the deal for me.
This is pretty convincing! What I'm wondering (and just commented on in the video) is whether the gas mileage will be similar to the FWD whenever the activesense does not initate AWD? In those cases is the drivetype considered FWD?

EDIT: Funny because before finding out about the CX3 I was actuly going to go for the Crosstrek.
 

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Example: in our Country you can order a CX-5 165 HP FWD 6AT, in Germany (with the same spec) it's always 4WD 6AT.
 

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FWD CX-3 were here in Canada late July except the GT which has AWD as standard equipment, optional on GX and GS.
.... and no, none have an armrest.
 

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Will the additional weight of the AWD have more of an effect on gas mileage than merely the AWD kicking in?
 

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Tested a FWD CX-3

I was at the Mazda deal in LA area yesterday. I test drive a CX-3 Sports model with FWD. (They have 3 CX-3 in the lot, 2 GT AWD and 1 Sport FWD.) So there are FWD model in the US already.

I think the model that the dealer get is what they ordered. Mazda shouldn't just send one build to the dealers. I believe the dealers think that the AWD model appeal to most of the buyers (or make the most money) and that is what they ordered.
 

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I've been wanting to get a Grand Touring FWD in Dynamic blue and their is nothing in the NorthEast Corridor. Talked to several salesman and there is at least a month or two wait....and my guess is that is rather generous. Hopefully Mazda will start shipping some FWD to the NE corridor soon...specifically New York.
 

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I'm told this to hear in nj only awd for now, I figure we could use it,
I was told by my dealer that only AWD CX-3s would be sent up the Northeastern Seaboard. They didn't want to gut the sales of the 5 door Mazda 3 which only comes in FWD. Also, given the snow that's expected, I guess that's a good thing?
 
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