Mazda CX-3: When Driving / i-ACTIV AWD

Mazda CX-3 (2015-2024) Owner's Manual / When Driving / i-ACTIV AWD

i-ACTIV AWD Operation (Some models)

AWD provides excellent drivability on snow-covered and ice-packed roads, sand and mud, as well as on steep slopes and other slippery surfaces.

A system malfunction or operation conditions are indicated by a warning. Refer to Contact Authorized Mazda Dealer and Have Vehicle Inspected on.

WARNING

Never spin a wheel that is off the ground: Spinning a wheel that is off the ground as a result of the vehicle being stuck or in a ditch is dangerous. The drive assembly could be seriously damaged which could lead to an accident or could even lead to overheating, oil leakage, and a fire.

AWD Driving

This vehicle has not been designed for the purpose of off-road driving or rallies. Do not attempt to drive over uneven or rocky surfaces, or across rivers.

Although this vehicle is equipped with AWD, acceleration, steering and braking operations should be conducted in the same manner as with a non-AWD vehicle, with the emphasis placed on safe driving.

Tires and Tire Chains

The condition of the tires plays a large role in the performance of the vehicle. Moreover, to prevent adverse effects to the drive assembly, please note the following:

Tires

  • When replacing tires, always replace all front and rear tires at the same time.
  • All tires must be of the same size, manufacture, brand and tread pattern. Pay particular attention when equipping snow or other types of winter tires.
  • Do not mix tread-worn tires with normal tires.
  • Inspect tire inflation pressures at the specified periods adjust to the specified pressures.

NOTE

Check the tire inflation pressure label attached to driver's door frame for the correct tire inflation pressure.

  • Make sure to equip the vehicle with genuine tires of the specified size, on all wheels. With AWD, the system is calibrated for all 4 wheels being of the same dimensions.

Tire chains

Install tire chains to the front tires.

Do not use tire chains on the rear wheels.

Do not drive the vehicle faster than 30 km/h (19 mph) with the tire chains installed.

Do not drive the vehicle with tire chains on road conditions other than snow or ice.

Towing

If the vehicle requires towing, have it towed with all 4 wheels completely off the ground.

Refer to Towing Description.

    Drive Selection

    Drive selection is a system to switch the vehicle's drive mode. When the sport mode is selected, vehicle's response against accelerator operation is enhanced...

    Power Steering

    Power steering is only operable when the engine is running. If the engine is off or if the power steering system is inoperable, you can still steer, but it requires more physical effort...

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    Mazda CX-3 (2015-2024) Owner's Manual: Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)


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    Outside Mirrors

    WARNING

    Be sure to look over your shoulder before changing lanes:

    Changing lanes without taking into account the actual distance of the vehicle in the convex mirror is dangerous. You could have a serious accident. What you see in the convex mirror is closer than it appears.

    Mirror type

    Flat type (driver's side)

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