The new Mazdas have got all the cute, from their little shark noses to their black plastic fenders.
It’s no secret that we like Mazdas around here, with two in our household fleet. Mazda makes a good, high quality car that’s always a little bit more fun to drive than the equivalent model from Toyo-honda or GM.
These little guys are the first examples I’ve seen in the wild of the new CX-3, which is the crossover version of the Mazda 2 very small car. I don’t really like the word “crossover”– that’s a station wagon, folks, one with a tall suspension, available all wheel drive and a few tough-looking body bits.
But no matter what you call them, cars of this type are all the rage, so much so that crossovers of all sizes are set to replace the ubiquitous mid-sized sedan as the best-selling vehicle type in the US. Mazda is betting on this trend and choosing to bring this CX-3 to market here instead of the Mazda 2 hatchback. The wisdom of this highly unconventional choice is unproven (my guess is that it all depends on the price of gas), but they’ve certainly chosen a very appealing little car for the experiment.
(And yes, no photographer in his or her right mind would shoot shiny new cars in an unsheltered parking lot on a blazingly bright day at more or less noon with a phone camera. But bloggers do what bloggers gotta do.)