Some other manufacturers use continuously variable transmissions, because they say they're more fuel efficient. The last got a big boost with the recent introduction of Mazda's Skyactiv engine technology, which enables this car to attain up to 40 mpg while not sacrificing its lively driving manners. In our test driving, we got 29. All Mazda3 models seat five. The Mazda3 models have nice interiors with terrific seats. The 2013 Mazda3 has no holes with respect to safety features, and its excellent handling may prove an asset in avoiding an accident. The sedan boasts a smooth 0.
The ride was never uncomfortable, though drivers used to cushy suspensions like those found on the Toyota Corolla might consider the Mazda3's on the firm side. Following significant changes to the Mazda3 last year, the popular sedans and hatchbacks receive few updates for 2013. Units Affected 580455 The 2014 Mazda3 hatchback may debut in September with the most style and mpgs in its segment. In the long term, the Mazda3's resale value is expected to hold up very well, near the top of this class. Factors including movement and shape of the object in front of the vehicle, weather and road conditions can all impact automatic brake control and collision warning. Prior to last year, the Mazda3 was near the back of the pack with respect to gas mileage.
The hatchback has lots of room with fold down seats. Then there is the MazdaSpeed3 hatchback, a devil of a car with blistering acceleration and tenacious road grip. Yet its crash-test ratings aren't quite at the head of the class. Smart Brake Support operates under certain driving conditions. These cars are stylish, with front fenders puffed out forward of the wheels. It's also one of the first compact mass-market models to offer an available blind-spot monitoring system.
A 6-speed manual is the only available transmission. Separately, you can opt for Sirius satellite radio, or a bassy Bose Centerpoint audio system--although we've found that with any of the 3's audio systems the displays limit the number of characters displayed for audio information so that most information is cryptic or cut off. Taller drivers should skip the sunroof, though, as it gobbles up an inch or two of headroom that might be needed. This reduces wind noise and improves fuel economy. We ran the 6-speed automatic transmission through all the obedience tests where other automatics usually fail, and it did not fail. But this version wasn't even considered for this North American Mazda3.
All Mazda3s are front-wheel drive. Readouts for the audio and climate controls are up high, however changing the climate controls still involves looking downward and too far away from the road. For 2013, it adds 18-inch Gunmetal alloy wheels, a black rear roof inner spoiler, black rear lower valance, and black outer mirrors with turn signal lamps, as well as tech upgrades like those made to the rest of the model line. Mazda3 competes directly with Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra. The 2013 Mazda3 benefits from upgraded options including TomTom-based navigation on a larger, 5. It makes 155 hp and is refined and responsive when paired to either an a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Selling my 2013 Mazda 3 iTouring hatchback.
Third-party interface providers are solely responsible for their product functionality, and third-party terms and privacy statements apply. Several engine and transmission choices are available in the 2013 Mazda3 lineup. The sedan's coefficient of drag is 0. But along with last year's refresh Mazda improved some of the detailing--for instance the same hue now applies to both interior screens one for the trip computer or nav system , the other for the climate control. What the Mazda3 is best known for, however, is its nimble handling. The rear seats, meanwhile, can feel cramped for taller adults. Natural Resources Canada rates it at 7.
For a second year in a row, it is offered with the fuel-sipping, high-compression SkyActiv engine. MazdaSpeed3 is a performance model with a 2. The engine makes 155 horsepower and 148 foot-pounds of torque, enough for plenty of acceleration. . Over in the manual gate, you can control the shifts with very little pause, and the transmission holds gears up to redline with no forced shifts for full throttle--and rev-matching for downshifts. A five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan, the Mazda 3 just looks better as a hatchback.
At night, a blue ring illuminates around the central radio tuner that pulses whenever the volume is cranked up. Others have gray, and the Mazdaspeed3 is red. In sedan or hatchback form, the Mazda3 is a nimble car that offers decent-to-good acceleration depending on which engine is under the hood. The Mazda3 five-door hatchback offers a lot of cargo space, 17 cubic feet behind the rear seats, compared 11. When connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission, it's rated at 40 mpg on the highway.
Mazda3s Grand Touring models are powered by a 167-hp, 2. Finally, at the top of the range, the MazdaSpeed3 returns with a turbocharged 2. The Mazda3 has been Mazda's best-selling vehicle for several years, representing nearly half of Mazda's U. It's a high-quality car that's simple, small, and sporty, all of which help it to stand out in an increasingly crowded small-car segment. The sedan's trunk is on the small side, though the rear seats fold for added space.