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2016 Mazda3 Review on Everyman Driver

2016 Mazda3 Review on Everyman Driver

Forget the word “compromise” ever existed. Mazda3 is a vehicle that exceeds expectations, from its impressive fuel economy to its sophisticated ride and handling to features that are rare or exclusive in its class like available adaptive high-intensity headlights, Mazda Radar Cruise control and even Active Driving Display, a head-up unit that displays important information helping the driver keep his or her eyes on the road.

The 2016 Mazda3 returns with the formula that has propelled it to win numerous accolades throughout the auto industry. With more than 4.5 million produced since its introduction as a 2004 model, Mazda3 is Mazda’s best-selling nameplate in the world.

2016 Mazda3 Review on Everyman DriverMazda3 is available with a 155-horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine in Mazda3 i configuration or a 184-horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine in Mazda3 s vehicles. Either engine can be paired with a six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission and in four- or five-door body styles. Mazda3 comes standard with premium features that are rare among compact cars and available class-above options like adaptive high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights and Mazda Radar Cruise Control. With KODO—Soul of Motion design, Mazda3 stands out in a segment awash with conformity.

For 2016, the Mazda3 is equipped with a standard backup camera on all models. The popular Mazda3 i Sport kicks off the lineup with more standard features while lowering MSRP[2] by $600 to $17,845 for the i Sport sedan with six-speed manual transmission and $18,895 for the six-speed automatic. Additional standard equipment includes power windows with a driver-side one-touch up/down feature, power door locks, 16-inch steel wheels with covers, dual-power folding exterior mirrors, a tilt and telescoping adjustable steering wheel, air conditioning with pollen air filter and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

2016 Mazda3 Review on Everyman DriverAdditionally, Mazda3 i Sport models come with MAZDA CONNECTTM, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming, cruise control, trip computer, push button start, remote keyless entry and map lights.

New for Mazda3 i Sport is the available Preferred Equipment Package, which adds 16-inch alloy wheels, bright beltline trim, heated body-color dual power door mirrors with integrated turn signal lamps, premium cloth-trimmed sport seats, a rear-seat armrest with cupholders, auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

2016 Mazda3 Review on Everyman DriverThe mid-level Mazda3 Touring features 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, halogen fog lights, heated body-color exterior door mirrors with integrated turn signals, bright beltline trim, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, moonroof, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped hand brake handle, shift knob and three-spoke steering wheel with contrast stitching, a rear folding center armrest with cupholders, premium cloth-trimmed sport seats, and a rear spoiler on sedan models.

For 2016, the new Mazda3 Touring Popular Equipment Package is available, adding an auto-dimming interior mirror, dual-zone (driver and front passenger) automatic climate control system, Bose® nine-speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AutoPilot® 2, SiriusXM satellite radio with four-month subscription, a CD player and shark fin antenna.

Anchoring Mazda3’s lineup is the Grand Touring model, which is available with either engine in sedan or five-door body styles. Mazda3 i Grand Touring comes with leatherette seating surfaces, while Mazda3 s Grand Touring has leather seats. Additionally, both Mazda3 Grand Touring models come with navigation and heated seats; Mazda3 s Grand Touring adds adaptive xenon HID headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

2016 Mazda3 Review on Everyman Driver 2Top-trim Mazda3 s Grand Touring models with the Technology Package include i-ELOOP, Mazda’s brake-energy regeneration system that captures kinetic energy to power accessories and help increase fuel-efficiency compared with other SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter models, as well as the full suite of i-ACTIVSENSE features including Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart City Brake Support, High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning System, and Forward Obstruction Warning.

MSRP[3] for the 2016 Mazda3 is as follows:

Four-Door

Mazda3 i (2.0L)
Mazda3 i Sport six-speed manual: $17,845
Mazda3 i Sport six-speed automatic: $18,895
Preferred Equipment Package: $1,000
Mazda3 i Touring six-speed manual: $20,045
Mazda3 i Touring six-speed automatic: $21,095
Popular Equipment Package: $1,100
Mazda3 i Grand Touring six-speed manual: $22,545
Mazda3 i Grand Touring six-speed automatic: $23,595
Mazda3 s (2.5L)
Mazda3 s Touring six-speed automatic: $24,795
Mazda3 s Grand Touring six-speed manual: $24,745
Mazda3 s Grand Touring six-speed automatic: $25,795
Technology Package: $2,600
Five-Door

Mazda3 i (2.0L)
Mazda3 i Sport six-speed manual: $18,545
Mazda3 i Sport six-speed automatic: $19,595
Preferred Equipment Package: $1,000
Mazda3 i Touring six-speed manual: $20,745
Mazda3 i Touring six-speed automatic: $21,795
Popular Equipment Package: $1,100
Mazda3 i Grand Touring six-speed manual: $23,245
Mazda3 i Grand Touring six-speed automatic: $24,295
Mazda3 s (2.5L)
Mazda3 s Touring six-speed automatic: $25,495
Mazda3 s Grand Touring six-speed manual: $25,445
Mazda3 s Grand Touring six-speed automatic: $26,495
Technology Package: $2,600

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