2016 Mazda3: More than just Good Looks
December 23 2015,
With a serious set of competition in the compact car segment, the Mazda3 still stands out as the most definitive, most alluring, and downright sexiest of the lot. The recently redesigned and reengineered 2016 Mazda3, available in both hatchback and sedan versions is a versatile, dynamic and highly efficient vehicle. Of course, those most definitely aren’t its only redeeming qualities, however, they are some of the top reasons why the Mazda3 has been one of Canada’s bestselling cars for years.
At the Top for a Reason
Most notably, one of the 2016 Mazda3’s most redeeming qualities is its versatile engine and transmission set-up. There are two available SKYACTIV engines along with three SKYACTIV transmissions. The Mazda3 is engineered to provide fuel economy as well as a dynamic driving experience.
For the 2016 Mazda3, there’s an available 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque in the Mazda3 GX and GS models. Transmission choices in the GX and GS are between a SKYACTIV 6-speed manual and SKYACTIV 6-speed automatic.
If you opt for the top-trim Mazda3 GT, you’ll find a 2.5L 4-cylinder beneath the well-designed hood that pushes out 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is offered, as well as a SKYACTIV 6-speed automatic with i-ELOOP technology that continually recovers kinetic energy as you use the brakes. The GT also features paddle shifters for the non i-ELOOP automatic.
Beautiful on the Road
There’s no denying that the 2016 Mazda3 is stunning (in both sedan and hatchback). Mazda’s KODO design flows beautifully from nose to tail. With its elongated nose and close-dropped rear, the Mazda3 features a sporty and race-inspired look that gives it an athletic stance, as well as some serious presence.
Brand new for this third generation, the 2016 Mazda3 features the integration of the HMI Commander Switch that’s located just below the shifter and controls the infotainment system housed on a newly designed 7” colour touchscreen that seemingly floats above the HVAC vents.
Overall, the 2016 Mazda3 is a well-engineered, beautifully designed vehicle that sits leagues above where its sticker price would suggest it should sit. A host of gadgets, including satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth, as well as passive and active safety features such as available blind-spot monitoring and smart city brake also help elevate the 2016 Mazda3 into that top segment spot.
To find out more about the 2016 Mazda3, head down to City Mazda today to speak to one of our experts about the compact-segment winner, and don’t forget to book yourself a test drive, too.