We drive the Mazda CX-3 Akari 2023 Review

Mazda CX-3 Akari road test review

Mazda CX-3 Akari – In the world of smaller urban style SUVs there are few cars more popular than the Mazda CX-3. I drove the Akari model last week and as an urban based SUV it works extremely well.

Mazda CX-3 Akari profileThe CX-3 range is priced from a little under $27,000 dollars through to around $38,600 dollars plus the usual costs for the top spec Akari.

It was updated in June this year with a BOSE premium audio system, sliding glass sunroof, adaptive LED headlights and a 360-degree camera.

Powered by a 2.0 litre petrol engine that drives the front wheels through a 6 speed automatic transmission.  It drives nicely around town and there is enough power for longer drives as well.  Fuel economy is pretty good as well

The CX-3 Akari has a premium feel inside with heated leather front seats, climate-controlled air conditioning and a thick rimmed steering wheel.

Rear seats are tight as you would expect in a smaller SUV and boot space is enough for a couple of larger bags.

There is wireless Apple CarPlay but the control dial means that the use is more complicated than it needs to be.

Overall, the Mazda CX-3 Akari is a premium urban style SUV that is worth a test drive

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Mazda CX-3 Akari front front quarter 1


Mazda CX-3 Akari central screen lower controls

More Mazda CX-3 Akari thoughts

What is good?

  • Still stylish
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Good balance for urban SUV

What is not so good?

Mazda CX-3 Akari drivers instrument 2

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Smaller SUVs for the urban environment are plentiful.

Buyers could look at: Citroen C4, Toyota Yaris Cross, Nissan Juke, Kia Stonic, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, VW T-Roc.

Mazda CX-3 Akari engine

Mazda CX-3 Akari final thoughts

Overall, I’m happy with the Mazda CX-3 Akari.

It gets the balance between size, style, and performance about right.

It’s an ideal size for an urban SUV.

However, in some areas it shows it’s aged a bit. Even though there is wireless Apple CarPlay, the dial controls for the central screen means that some functions are more complicate than they could be with a touch screen.

The CX-3 is a pleasure and easy to drive though.

Mazda CX-3 Akari rear

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