Published on May 4th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


VOTY 2019//Crossover of the Year – CX-3

Crossovers are quickly becoming the dominant body style, even in Malaysia. We need to address not only the budget-friendly crossovers and the premium-priced luxury crossovers but the overall crossover of the year as well. Ideally, the candidate would properly bridge the gap between these two extremes and bring something that all Malaysians can aspire to own.

For this, we can think of no better winner than the Mazda CX-3. When the first CX-3 was launched, it won itself a VOTY for its looks alone. With the facelifted model, Mazda upped the game, making it more comfortable to passengers with G-Vectoring Control and more upmarket too. Inside, there are better materials used on the dashboard and an overall bump in equipment. With enough power and an engaging drive for a reasonable sum of money, the Mazda CX-3 is one vehicle that’s worthy of more attention.

Mazda CX-3 Specifications

Engine: Inline 4, Direct Injection, Naturally Aspirated
Capacity: 1998cc
Gearbox: 6-speed Conventional Automatic
Max power: 154hp @ 6000rpm
Max torque: 204Nm @ 2800rpm
Price: RM128,159.00

How VOTY Winners are selected.

Our process is simple and clean.

All cars launched in Malaysia within 13 months of 2019 are eligible for entry. We contact all car brands operating in the country and ask to test these cars. There are no participation fees, no buying of tables at the event, no charge whatsoever. All that’s needed is a fresh enough car, and a willingness to give our judges a test drive.

About a month before the event, the four judges from dsf.my and gohedgostan.com (Daniel Sherman Fernandes, Ross Hadi, Amirul Mukminin and Subhash Nair) convene to discuss which vehicles impressed us in each category. The judges can only vote on cars that they’ve driven. A simple majority is all it takes for a car to win in a category.

Our title sponsor Allianz recognises the integrity of our team and all players involved in deciding on winners and leaves all decisions to us regarding the winners. We hope our readers appreciate the efforts of all parties involved and provide us with feedback on how we can further improve on this.

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