The Mazda 3 is Mazda’s offering in the Compact Sedan Segment. It directly competes with its class mates like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Chevrolet Cruze. The Mazda 3 faces stiff competition in the Compact Sedan segment but with the Mazda Skyactiv technology and Mazdas unique design philosophies, the car is able to stand out and be ahead of the competition.
Mazda embraces the “Zoom-Zoom” driver and passenger-centric philosophy that makes their car fun and enjoyable to drive at the same time providing a high level of comfort and safety.
Mazda 3 Overview
The Mazda 3 comes with two different versions, the compact sedan, and compact hatchback version. This review will focus on the Mazda 3 Compact Sedan.
The Mazda 3 embodies Mazda’s Kodo design philosophies featuring aerodynamic curves and graceful lines. Mazda’s commitment to providing innovative and high-quality vehicles has allowed them to design and engineer cars like the Mazda 3 that is sporty, powerful, safe and fuel-efficient.
The Mazda Sedan is offered in 7 variants with a choice of 2 different power plants and 2 types of automatic transmission.
Mazda 3 Exterior
The Mazda 3 has been carefully designed and crafted with the Mazda Kodo design philosophy. The revolutionized Mazda designs embody the soul of motion through graceful curves and aerodynamic lines. The Mazda 3 evokes a sporty spirit with its wide grille and sharp angular integrated headlights and fog lamps.
The exterior design of the bumper and grille emphasizes a strong aggressive stance and the aerodynamic lines terminate into a graceful rear bumper that balances speed with maneuverability.
The exterior design of the Mazda 3 is attractive and sporty design exhibits several premium designs that can only be found in bigger and more upscale cars. The wide grille, graceful lines, and sharp curves allow the Mazda 3 to stand out from the rest of the competition.
The Mazda 3 is equipped with the latest technologies across all variants like high-mount stop lamps, rear defogger, and exterior mirror turn signal.
Mazda 3 Interior
The Mazda 3 interior is generously equipped with all the amenities that are found in classes above the sub compact. All variants are equipped with Bluetooth hands-free, Push Button Start, Power Windows with one-touch controls, electronic power steering with tilt and telescopic, cruise control and climate control with the heater.
Mazda 3 1.6 S
The Mazda 3 1.6 S is the base model of the pack. The entertainment system of the 1.6 S is equipped with a CD/ Mp3 player with 4 speakers. The car is equipped with central locking and keyless entry, and Urethane sports steering wheel.
Mazda 3 1.6 V
The 1.6 V is an improvement of the base variant and it comes with a leather steering wheel.
Mazda 3 1.6 V SR/ 1.6 V 5HB
The 1.6 V SR is an improvement over the 1.6 V with notable improvements on the entertainment and audio system. The 1.6 V SR is equipped with 6 speakers and has a TFT center display with MZD connect. The 1.6V SR is also equipped with sever onboard safety features like rear cameras and rear parking sensors.
Mazda 3 2.0 SKYACTIV ES
The Mazda 3 2.0 SKYACTIV ES has a similar interior specification to the 1.6 V SR but with only 4 speakers for the infotainment.
Mazda 3 2.0 SKYACTIV R / R 5HB
The Mazda 3 2.0 SKYACTIV R is an improvement of the Mazda 3 2.0 SKYACTIV ES but has an improvement to the entertainment system with up to 9 speakers. The Skyactiv r is equipped with front and rear parking sensors. The adaptive front light system, Auto on/off headlights and wipers.
Transmission and Engine Performance
The Mazda 3 has two types of engines and transmissions across the different variants. The 1.6 Gasoline Engine is an inline 4 cylinder power plant 16 valves that is capable of producing 105 PS at 6000 rpm and is capable of producing torque at 145 NM at 4000 RPM. The 1.6 Gasoline engine is paired with the 4-speed automatic activematic transmission.
The 2.0 Gasoline engine is an inline 4 cylinder power plant with 16 valves that is capable of producing 155 PS at 6000 rpm and is also capable of producing torque at 200 NM at 4000 RPM. The 2.0 Gasoline engine is paired with the 6-speed automatic activematic transmission.
The engine and transmission that is equipped with the Mazda 3 matches it sporty and aggressive exterior. The Mazda 3 is one of the top picks in terms of performance among the compact sedans.
The Mazda 3 is equipped standard safety features across all variants like ABS brakes with EBD, Front and Rear Seatbelts, Dual Front Airbags and ISO FIX child seat anchors. The Mazda 3 has an excellent record with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with 5 stars overall rating. The Mazda 3 also has a 5-star overall frontal crash rating, 5-star side collision rating and a 5-star rollover collision.
The Mazda 3 is the perfect subcompact for the city and for the wide open roads. The Mazda 3 has brilliant strong looks and coupled with a strong engine that gives it the performance to match its sporty look. The Mazda 3 is perfect for everyday commute or for weekend getaways with the family with its excellent safety rating.
The excellent safety rating, good performance and handling together with the high economy rating of the Mazda 3 it has also become one of the favorite vehicles to rent when visiting Dubai. It is fun and easy to drive which makes it one of the favorite vehicles in ezhire.
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