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The BBC took the time to write a review on the 2015 Mazda CX-3. Here I'll point out some of the main points in the review and then I'll put a link to the review at the end.

The interior is given high marks, especially when you consider the state of Mazda interiors in the past.

Customers bought Mazdas in spite of their interiors rather than because of them. No more. Even the company’s new entry-level crossover SUV contains cockpit appointments that would flatter cars in higher categories and with greater cultural currency.
The review also compares the CX-3 to the new Honda HR-V.

Honda’s new HR-V provides the most direct comparison to the CX-3, but the two vehicles have entirely different personalities despite their obvious similarities. The Honda is more spacious, with a more useable rear seat and more cargo capacity, while the Mazda accelerates more smartly, turns more crisply and displays more flair than its altogether more ponderous foil.
The BBC talks about how the engine isn't particularly exciting, but it "makes the most of what it has."

Check out the full review at the BBC.

BBC - Autos - Driving Mazda?s small, spectacular CX-3
 

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Glad they didn't go funky because that is not how Mazda done things and not what people expect from Mazda. They never done it and probably never will.

“We didn’t want to go the ‘funky’ route,” Jenkins says. “We feel that’s already been covered by Nissan.”
 

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Glad they didn't go funky because that is not how Mazda done things and not what people expect from Mazda. They never done it and probably never will.
It also would totally go against their design language which has been getting rave reviews. Why mess with a good thing, right?

Mazda doesn't do funky (like the Juke or the Soul). It does cool, and cool doesn't try too hard. There's a little piece of wisdom for you guys. :p
 

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It also would totally go against their design language which has been getting rave reviews. Why mess with a good thing, right?

Mazda doesn't do funky (like the Juke or the Soul). It does cool, and cool doesn't try too hard. There's a little piece of wisdom for you guys. :p
No suit over at Mazda in the right mind would, it would confuse people and get their disapproval, along with them possibly looking elsewhere.
 

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The Honda is more spacious, with a more useable rear seat and more cargo capacity, while the Mazda accelerates more smartly, turns more crisply and displays more flair than its altogether more ponderous foil.
From what I've heard online, a lot of people are deciding between the HRV and the CX3. It sounds like the HRV is a bit more practical, but the CX3 is more fun and stylish.
 

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From what I've heard online, a lot of people are deciding between the HRV and the CX3. It sounds like the HRV is a bit more practical, but the CX3 is more fun and stylish.
As it relates to that, differences between the two don't seem major to me, not major enough to make it the ultimate deciding factor.
 
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