Last month at the Northwest Automatic Press Association’s (NWAPA) “Mudfest”, the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 drove away with top honors including earning the designation of Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year, Compact Utility Vehicle. Keep reading to find out more!

The 22nd annual NWAPA Activity Vehicle of the Year competition includes two days of testing: one day of on-course testing and one day of off-road testing. Ryan Douthit, event chair and producer of Driving Sports TV, had this to say about the engaging and dynamic 2016 Mazda CX-3:

I think the Mazda CX-3 was the biggest surprise for our members. Not only did this subcompact crossover excel on our sealed-surface handling course, it also showed surprising capability on our rugged off-road circuit.

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a compact crossover in its fifth-generation. It features the full range of the Mazda brand’s SKYACTIV Technology and KODO—Soul of Motion design philosophy. Its impressive performance in both on- and off-road tests can be attributed to its predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system. The i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system features 27 sensors that instantly transfer power before a driver would even feel the loss of traction. When using the i-ACTIV AWD system, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 can adjust how its power is routed more than 200 times per second, helping to offer a versatile package for daily life and weekend adventures. The smooth and dynamic SUV offers all the essential and optional tech, comfort, and safety features.

Here at your Mazda dealers serving Manahawkin, Lester Glenn Mazda, our team is excited about everything that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 has to offer! With its capable ride, smooth handling, and stocked interior, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 gets the job done and does it right! Head on down to Lester Glenn Mazda to speak to a member of our team today!