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Photos of the Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 front view

Similar face to other current Mazdas. Does the large grille over-promise?

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 front quarter view

Sporty curves. But an overly long nose and wide black wheel lip moldings disrupt the proportions.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Honda HR-V front quarter view

Better proportions than the Mazda despite a higher roof and roomier interior. Less clunky moldings.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Nissan JUKE front quarter view

The JUKE's styling exemplifies like it or hate it. Lights atop fenders visible from driver seat.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 side view

The CX-3's unusual proportions are most evident, and least appealing, when viewed from the side.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 rear quarter view

The CX-3 looks most like a compacted Infiniti FX from the rear quarter. Fashionable hidden pillar.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Honda HR-V rear quarter view

Far more practical than the Mazda, yet still plenty curvy.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Nissan JUKE rear quarter view

Quirky JUKE has more upright proportions than the other two.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 interior

The CX-3's interior is even sportier than its exterior. Artful use of red elements.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Honda HR-V interior

Also some padded and stitched surfaces, but not as visually exciting as the Mazda's interior.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Nissan JUKE interior

JUKE interior is more campy, with a center console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 instrument panel full

Can you spot the fourth air vent? The round ones have red trim rings.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 instrument panel

The controls are well-designed. The instruments are not. Nearly useless tach.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 driver seat

Though the lumbar bulge doesn't adjust, I found the driver seat supportive and comfortable.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 back seat

An unusually tight rear seat for a vehicle with rear doors.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 cargo area

Cargo area is also smaller than most. Opening doesn't extend even as far down as raised rear floor.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 cargo area seats folded

Unlike the HR-V's, the CX-3's rear seat doesn't fold low or nearly level.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 engine

Intake manifold extends beyond cover.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 engine uncovered

Neatly assembled engine delivers good power and better efficiency.

Mazda CX-3 Photos: Mazda CX-3 engine side view

Mazda says the 2.5 won't fit. But plenty of room around the 2.0.