It says the Mazda 3's stopping distances are among the best of all compact cars all models get four-wheel discs. By the way, navigation is standard on the range-topping Grand Touring model. Mazda Connect uses the Aha system from Harman to handle Internet apps. Back for its second model year, the 2015 Mazda 3 remains one of the design standouts in its class. With the exception of the Nissan Juke, most rivals offer more cargo capacity and room for passengers. The engine could use some more punch. Sport models come equipped as standard with all the necessary creature comforts.
The one major dynamic shortcoming is this new car's electric power steering system. We never quite knew and takes on the brand's new blunt nose and five-point grille leading into thin, slanted, swept-back headlamps. All-wheel drive is available as an option on each trim level. It's clearly worth considering if you're looking for a sporty, stylish and economical small crossover. And even pushing this one how I do, I still get over 30 mpg overall.
New for 2015, the 'i' Sport and 'i' Touring now come with the Mazda Connect infotainment system with navigation. However, you'll only get 16-inch steel wheels with the Sport. Also you can only mute the radio, you can't turn it off. I started looking at this car back in February. The small crossover received a four-star overall rating, with the protection offered to adult occupants rated at 85%, child occupants 79%, pedestrians 84%, and safety assist 64%. As it is, it looks like it was thrown on as an afterthought.
. Other available active-safety features in the 3 include Smart City Brake Support, which uses laser sensors to help anticipate a collision and activate emergency braking automatically under 19 mph ; Forward Obstruction Warning, which warns the driver of hazards ahead at speeds between 9 and 92 mph ; and a Lane Departure Warning System, which warns the driver when they're straying from lane markings. The suspension is rather firm, though, so you might want to take it for a test drive before making a decision about buying one. From the first shift, however, I was all but in love with this car. Mazda's new five-point grille sits in its place, with its top corners leading into thin, swept-back headlamps.
You will not be disappointed. There's a single transmission choice as well, a six-speed auto. The only way to solve this is to use my phone on bluetooth , which resets the whole system. Width measurements are indicated without outside mirrors. Mazda has also made big strides in the 3's infotainment offerings.
It doesn't sound great over 4,000 rpm, but it gets the job done. The trunk's volume is modest: 12. I have the iTouring and wish I got the grand touring model with better performing engine. Transmissions offer a nice set of ratios except for the odd 1-2 gap we noticed in our automatic test car that seem well-suited to the engine, including a very tall sixth gear that had the engine in our Grand Touring turning at an indicated 2,050 rpm at 70 mph. The Mazda 3 also excels in general drivability. The interior is a nice place to sit. For 2015, Mazda has added standard equipment to most models and option packages in addition to bringing Mazda Connect to almost all models.
Going through turns, it takes a nice set going into them and feels good coming out. But the true joy is in the middle of the turn. Since getting this car I've put about 11000 kms on it, and I haven't had any issues. The power comes on at about 3000 rpm and moves smartly up from there. Comfort Getting a decent balance between good handling characteristics and ride comfort means you need to avoid the 18-inch alloys and go for the smallest available wheels 16-inch.
Though distinctive looking in front, both the sedan and the hatchback ended up a little too rounded and generic in back. The Mazda Connect entertainment system is like any other out there today. A sweeping shoulder line slows gracefully along the body side, and a more slanted, fastback roofline on the hatchback ends in what we see as a somewhat softer, less distinctive rear-end treatment. European markets also get a lower-powered 2. Soft-touch plastics and leather trim can be found on higher trims, but there are some cheap-feeling plastics as well — on the top of the door panels, for example.
Bottom line, great fun car that never fails I started looking at this car back in February. Very few cubbie for small items. It even feels almost the same if you're in fourth gear going from 40-60 mph as it does if you're in 6th gear going 80-100. The graphics are crisp, and the user experience is pleasant, although some simple tasks such as switching between satellite radio stations require too many steps to accomplish. Powertrain Mazda only offers one engine in the United States, a naturally aspirated 2. The optional automatic transmission shifts quickly, almost with the decisiveness of a dual-clutch system, but with more smoothness when you need it.
While headroom and legroom are plenty up front, rear headroom and legroom are similar to an average-sized subcompact. With all of that praise heaped on, there's one asterisk we mention before going further: The svelte, almost sexy proportions of the new Mazda 3 compromise its interior space somewhat. The 2015 Mazda 3 returns competitive fuel economy with its larger engine, while the base four-cylinder beats most cars in the class. Since my 5-speed stick 03 Tundra with 240000 miles was still running good I really didn't need to make a change. The entire structure of the new Mazda 3 has been designed around the SkyActiv four-cylinder engine, which Mazda began launching in 2012 models.