SHARP TURNS – A sporty take on a sedan

2013-11-29T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – A sporty take on a sedanMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
November 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A couple months back I wrote about the Mazda6. My mom was in the market for a new vehicle and was a previous owner of a Mazda6, which my sister now owns. She ended up going with an SUV and all my work seemed as though it was for nothing, but I was really intrigued while researching the Mazda6. That is what brought me to wanting to do the same for the Mazda3. It was born to be a sports car, and just recently jumped into the sedan class with adopting 2 more doors to make it a 4-door vehicle.

Just like the Mazda6, the 3 starts out with a deep new red called “Soul Red”. It is a three-step painting process that is sure to catch the eye. The Mazda3 comes in six different model choices, all with different features. The s Touring model is the only one to have Bi-Xenon High-Intensity-Discharge headlights with manual leveling to ensure you get the best visibility available, especially with the daytime running lights and halogen fog lights. Also when that pesky ice starts coming around, like we already had a couple times this year, you will be able to use the standard heated side mirrors to melt the ice away.

Like the true sports car it was born to be, it comes with leatherette-trimmed sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, brake handle, and gearshift knob with red stitching. The car can seat five passengers comfortably, with the front seats having added comfort with the heated, adjustable sport seats. Unlike most sports cars, the Mazda3 comes equipped with plenty of storage. You have storage ranging from an overhead console with sunglasses holder to rear door bottle holders. To add to that front seat comfort is a standard dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter to make sharing the temperature of the car even easier.

Built in is a 5.8-inch touch-screen display. The 3 comes equipped with Tom Tom navigation and voice recognition, to ensure your eyes are always on the road. Also next to the screen is a USB audio input port and auxiliary audio input jack, to be able to play music from any device. Finally, available in the 3 is HD radio, Pandora Internet radio, and SiriusXM Satelite radio. To combat the distraction factor, Mazda has installed a commander switch, a knob that is basically used like a computer mouse to navigate through all of the above features.

In the all new 2.5L SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine, Mazda engineers increased its torque output to 185 lb-ft, which means more power transferred to the wheels for significantly better off-the-line and cornering performance, all without compromising fuel efficiency. To go alongside and increase performance the ultra-responsive 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or the smooth 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive Sport automatic transmission works perfectly with the new engine.

You can purchase this all new Mazda3 just in time for the holidays for as little as $17,000 for the standard iSV model. The s Touring model comes in at about $25,000.

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