The 2016 Mazda CX-3 Beats the Nissan Juke at Its Own Game

January 29th, 2016 by

2016 Mazda CX-3Plenty of Stockton and Modesto drivers seek out the 2016 Mazda CX-3 after enjoying the drive of the Nissan Juke but hating its style. After a quick look around the internet, they find that the Mazda CX-3 offers a ride that’s just as engaging while also boasting styling that has enjoyed near-universal acclaim.

Mazda’s KODO design philosophy seeks to create stylish vehicles by capturing natural motion in their design, so the Mazda CX-3 is flowing, sleek, and attractive, even while standing still. In contrast, the Juke’s odd bulges and lumpy lines take some getting used to, even among Nissan enthusiasts.

The underpinnings of the Mazda2 have been combined with the flowing appearance of the Mazda CX-5 to create a compact crossover that delivers a stunning appearance. Crossovers aren’t typically valued for their looks, though newer entries, such as the Jeep Renegade, have started to turn that idea on its head. However, even the Renegade can’t match the looks of the Mazda CX-3.

Stockton and Modesto drivers will also find it hard to find a crossover that rivals the 2016 Mazda CX-3’s athletic handling. Precise steering and sprightly reflexes create a highly responsive drive, and the 2.0L four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission creates a strong 146 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque, all while achieving up to an enviable 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. That’s another reason to choose one over the Nissan Juke, which tops out at 28  mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

The Juke also fails to offset that ride with the peace of mind that comes with state-of-the-art safety technology, having failed to include features such as a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert or a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking. Each is a part of Mazda’s i-Activsense package.

When it comes down to it, the Nissan Juke does one thing very well: handling. But so does the 2016 Mazda CX-3, and it manages to combine that capability with cutting-edge efficiency and superior safety features, all while taking crossover styling to attractive new heights. You can find yours today at Tracy Mazda, conveniently located near Stockton and Modesto.