The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is a nice car, but you should just buy a Mazda 3

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It’s noisier than you might expect given that the Mazda approaches $30,000. That’s my biggest problem with the CX-3.

While our Grand Touring model came with everything you would conceivably want in a small crossover — automatic high beams, a heads-up display, blind-spot monitoring and more — there’s no ignoring that this is still a mainstream subcompact crossover.

The Mazda 3 I recently tested, with a bigger engine but a manual transmission, costs just $26,685. For that, you get similar equipment but better styling, even more impressive dynamics and similar interior room. You also get two separate engine options and the choice of a wonderful manual transmission.

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