2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring | Perfect for Singles and College Drivers


We had a jammed packed month. March was crazy busy, from my husband’s stageplay to both kids needing to register for pre-school and high school, we have been all over the place. It helps when you can whip around the city in a stylish vehicle. The 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring is a beautiful vehicle that comes fully loaded and for its small size, it brings a powerful punch. I’m not going to lie, it did take us ages to find a car that we could use for driving around the city in. We even decided to check out an article from All Car Leasing that listed the World Car of the Year between 2010-2019, and I have to say, I fell in love with most of them. Who wouldn’t, as there must be a reason for why they have been mentioned on this list. After extensive searching for a car and a reason that I can’t seem to remember, we decided to have the 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring make instead.

 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

At first glance, this vehicle looks like your standard crossover hatchback, but look a little closer and you will find it is jammed with more than the average trim.

Features on the 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

Some of the cool features on this car include this comes with a starting price tag of $25,165:

  • Power sliding glass moonroof with one-touch-open feature and interior sunshade
  • Steering wheel paddle shifters
  • Leather-trimmed sport seats with Lux Suede® inserts
  • Active driving display
  • Mazda Navigation System
  • Bose® 7-speaker audio sound system
  • HD Radio™
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 4-month trial subscription10
  • Body-colored heated power side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette-trimmed sport seats
  • Leather-steering wheel and shift knob
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring System8
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert9
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One feature that I loved the most was the Bose 7-Speaker Audio System. It was easy to maneuver and with the commander control knob located near the gears, you never need to take your eyes off the road. It is distraction-free driving because you have everything you need at your fingertips.

My Thoughts on the 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

This car is beyond amazing on gas. I had the car drove for 1.5 weeks, daily (my usual commute), a little more and I filled up once. I really liked driving this car for the time I had it. Mazda builds vehicles that add the smallest details that can make the biggest impact. With so many great features, it’s easy to see why someone would want this car. It would be worth looking into cheap local car insurance if you’re thinking about buying a car like this, so you can find a good deal on getting this car out on the road. Getting a good deal on the finance of the car, if that is the route you’re taking to buy it, can help you enjoy it so much more. moneyexpert.com has some great information on car loans.

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I loved the leather interior and small attentions to perfections paid on the interior of the car.

2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring Interior
2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

There is never a dull moment when navigating traffic in Chicago. I think the 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring is a great vehicle for college student or singles. The truck is spacious and one of the key things I look for in a car is full backseat. I love a car that looks small but still packs enough space for 3 passengers in the backseat.

2018 Mazda CX-3 Review

My Recommendation

While I love this hatchback, the only drawback was that it would be too small for a family. I have a toddler so when our car seat was installed it was too close to the front, leaving little leg room for my son.

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I could see my daughter driving this car around during her high school, college, and single years. Navigation is simple to use and love that everything is handsfree so it makes me feel more comfortable to let her loose on the road.

Mazda has this car equipped with great safety features. When the vehicle is moving above 19 mph, Distance Recognition Support System measures the distance between your car and the one ahead and recommends a safe following distance. With blind spot monitoring system and cross-traffic alert smart brake support and much more, it lowers your chances of a collision.

One of my favorite features is the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System. With voice command, cell phone hook -up and an amazing navigation system, you don’t have to drive while distracted.

2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

With a young daughter who will be driving soon, this would be perfect for her as well. I think this car is suitable for college students and singles. If you are in the market for a new car, head over to the website for more details and check out will not disappoint. If you’re interested in Mazda’s SUV line, you could consider leasing the Mazda CX-5.

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11 thoughts on “2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring | Perfect for Singles and College Drivers”

    1. It is great as long as you are out of the car seat stage. It was a little cramped for out car seat, but other than that it seats 5 with a full backseat which is what I love.

  1. What a sweet car. Love the aesthetics, and the size is perfect for me. I also really like that it’s good on gas. This is a car I will be keeping on my radar for sure.

  2. My neighbor has this car and I oogle over it all the time! It sounds like you have your hands full!

  3. This looks amazing. My son is learning to drive and I feel confident this would be a great vehicle to learn on.

  4. This is a great looking car! I am loving all of the features it has with it, I am all for as safe as possible when my kids start driving. I am a few years away from that, but I will take all of the safety features available when that time comes.

  5. This car is stylish and sporty. I can totally see it for a collage student as you said. I think it would make parents feel at ease too especially with the safety features like distance recognition.

  6. That looks like a fun car to take on a couples weekend. With the family in tow I would have to look at something bigger from Mazda.

  7. Mazda never fails to impress they have the coolest cars and love the dashboard. With so many good features and technology. Will consider Mazda on my next car purchase for sure.

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