If I wanted FWD, I'd have gone with the 3 or the 6. Probably the 6, actually. I had a 2007 3 GT previously and found it to be a really terrible winter car for here in Milwaukee. When I bought my CX-3, they're were actually selling the 6's for cheaper than the 3's because they had a lot of them on the lot and they were trying to make room for more CX-3's that were just starting to come in. Around here, the 3 is in high enough demand that they would rather drop the prices on the 6's to move them rather than the 3's. There are some days where I wish I'd have gotten the 6 instead of the CX-3. I've always been partial to the 6, having previously owned two of them in the original body style hatchbacks and both of those gave me no troubles in the winter. I was looking for something smaller than the 6 this time, though, and my bad experience with the small FWD Mazda 3 put me off trying it again. So it was the CX-3 for me, but the AWD was the must-have feature. Without it, the CX-3 has no other advantages over the 3 other than better appearance (IMHO).