So, Mazda’s done it again: taken the auto industry and car-buyers by storm by presenting yet another KODO designed vehicle that looks absolutely gorgeous, and offers up a drive that’s equally as impressive. Brand new for the 2016 model year, the Mazda CX-3 is a whole new model for the Japanese manufacturer, and slots itself nicely just below the well-loved CX-5. Small in size, but not in driving personality or amenities, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is set to take the market by storm offering Mazda quality, as well as a lengthy warranty and all the SKYACTIV technology you could hope for.

First off, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 looks so very, very good. Squat, taught and with one of the best-looking front ends in the industry, the CX-3 is perfectly proportioned. It’s eye-catching in all the right ways, and turns heads. Mazda’s KODO design has been beautifully integrated into their entire lineup, and the CX-3 is the latest model to get said treatment, and it wears it so very, very well.

Inside, the Mazda CX-3 features a layout that’s both attractive and easy to live with. Equipped with the new HMI as well as a screen that seemingly floats in the dash, along with the selector knob near the shifter and armrest, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 offers up a familiar cabin that’s also forward thinking and modern. In terms of interior size, the CX-3 is the smallest SUV in the Mazda lineup, but it still offers quite a bit of interior space, and tall adults in the front will love the model’s headroom. There is a useful amount of space in the back, as well as plenty of room for your legs in the back.

Now, about that drive: The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is equipped with a fabulous SKYACTIV 2.0L 4-cylinder mill that produces 146 horsepower and the same amount of torque. At the moment, the only transmission choice is a SKYACTIV-drive automatic. The two blend together perfectly to offer a dynamic drive that Mazda’s become known for with its SKYACTIV products. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 truly is a fabulous showcase of the latest and greatest Maza has to offer in terms of technology and design.

With three models available, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 offers both front- and all-wheel drive (optional on the GX and GS but standard on the GT). The added option means the CX-3 is a well-rounded small family hauler suitable for all weather and all road conditions when equipped appropriately.

The brand new 2016 Mazda CX-3 is absolutely stunning to see on the road, and tons of fun to drive. Arriving in showrooms now, you’re going to want to head down to King Mazda to find out more about this spirited little compact crossover. And don’t forget to book a test drive, too.