Compact crossovers are currently big! It is indeed true that good things come in small packages. Its significant size reduction is ultimately favored by many for a myriad of reasons. Big is good, but smaller is better. This is definitely the case for the 2017 Mazda CX-3.

Mazda has been producing good quality cars over the years. This Japanese automaker is prolific in delivering vehicles that are cutting-edge and efficient for the most part. Mazda may not be as big as Toyota, but it does provide an interesting competition. Having the 2017 Mazda CX-3 in place kicks up the competition a notch higher.

What's good in being small?

Let's cut to the chase and start off with practicality. For one, having a small car means less trouble in finding parking spaces and narrow roads. It just makes life a lot easier navigating through long and winding roads as small cars don't occupy much road space. Well, this is particularly the reason why most European buyers prefer smaller cars. Getting in and out of a tight parking space is also made a lot more convenient.

Smaller cars most of the time translate to impressive fuel efficiency. Because of its size, the car's engine doesn't require more fuel to accelerate and sustain motion. With this, a good EPA rating most likely completes the equation.

Why this smallest Mazda crossover then?

All models get a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine. It may not be the most powerful Crossover, however, supporters of the segment favor practicality over insane speed and extreme capabilities. Clearly, such 146-horsepower output will not break any Nurburgring record but makes up for its safety record.

The 2017 CX-3 is one safe crossover. It is rated as Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received overall impressive scores in front small overlap test and roof strength; and forward collision prevention system. On the other hand, it received 5 stars from NHTSA or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Motor Trend reported.

Is it worth it?

Yes, it is indeed worth it. If one is looking for a stylish and reasonably-priced compact crossover, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 may be the best bet. With this crossover being Mazda's smallest and least expensive, it can be optioned with many of the premium features found in the bigger CX-5 and CX-9 crossover. That is as flexible as it can get.

Well, the 2017 CX-3 may just be a fraction of Tesla Model Y or 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio's cost, but it doesn't generally disappoint. Its stylish exterior and premium materials make it an easy choice. Overall experience is also notable as most agree that it is indeed fun to drive as well.