CARS.COM — Would you rather rest your arm or drink your coffee? It’s a choice you have to make in Mazda’s subcompact CX-3 SUV because the center armrest folds down for leisure and up for grabbing your to-go-cup.
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Depending on your habits, you might not care — or it might be a deal breaker. But it’s one of those quirks you might not notice during a dealer test drive (do you bring a drink along?), only to have it be a source of remorse when you get it home.
In the CX-3, the wide, padded, folding armrest completely covers the cup holders when it’s down (and makes it slightly awkward to operate the console-mounted multimedia controller). When it’s up, you have two useful cup holders, though a taller driver’s elbow will bump the hard plastic underside when grabbing a drink.