The subcompact crossover segment has been booming in recent years. Small SUVs like the new 2016 Mazda CX-3 didn’t even exist in the US just a few years ago, and now you can’t hit the road without seeing one. Their popularity is undeniable, and automakers nationwide are competing to create the most appealing subcompact crossover SUVs in the market. While the competition is certainly stiff, we have to say–Mazda may have nailed it with the 2016 CX-3.

These tiny SUVs are smaller than the crossovers we’ve come to love, and their advantages are numerous. Their small size makes them ideal for navigating city streets and offers unprecedented fuel efficiency. Because they share underpinnings with existing cars (the CX-3 shares the Mazda 2’s underpinnings), automakers don’t have to make a huge investment in technology to add new, fuel-efficient vehicles to their lineup.

While the subcompact  crossover segment is getting a bit crowded, suggests that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is poised to stand out in the crowd. As is typical with Mazda vehicles drivers can expect styling and driving dynamics comparable to premium cars, but with a competitive price in line with mass-market vehicles like the Nissan Juke.

The CX-3 will be based on the new Mazda 2, but buyers will find and upgraded engine under the hood–proving you really can have your cake and eat it, too.

Keep your eye out for the all-new 2016 CX-3 to make its way into dealerships like Parks Mazda next year.

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