Compact crossovers are hot these days. It seems like every automaker is introducing one (or more) to cash in on the craze.
Starting with the Fiat, which is built in southern Italy, it’s powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir four-cylinder engine. It puts out a more-than-adequate 160 horses and 184 lb-ft of peak torque. A 2.4-liter naturally aspirated ‘banger is also offered. It puts out 180 ponies. Both engines are matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
In comparison, the Mazda CX-3 makes due with just one engine, a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder. Predictably, it’s less muscular than either of the Fiat’s offerings. It delivers 146 horsepower and an equal measure of torque. Likewise, the CX-3’s transmission is less advanced than the 500X’s, giving up three ratios to its competitor. But in spite of these deficiencies the Mazda’s “Zoom-Zoom” heritage could still give it a edge when it comes to driving enjoyment.
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