Low and lean, the Mazda3 takes visual and emotional cues from the environment, particularly the movements of wildlife. Every sculpted angle and sinewy form was crafted to breathe life into a supposedly inanimate object.
At all times, from every angle, Mazda3 is stunning. The Mazda3 offers sophisticated artistry, from its rearward posture and highly raked profile to its five-point signature wing chrome-accented grille and flexing rear fenders.
The driver-oriented cockpit is every bit as expressive and purposeful as its exterior. For example, the brake-and-pedal assembly has been laid out symmetrically to the left and right of the driver’s center line for added reactionary precision and winding road comfort.
The 2015 Mazda3 is available with two gasoline engine choices: a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter and SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter. The SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter produces 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The larger SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter produces a peak of 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm. Two transmission choices are available: the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual and SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic. Previously only available on SKYACTIV-G 2.0L-equipped vehicles, new-for-2015 the manual transmission can now be paired with the more powerful SKYACTIV-G 2.5L.
The Mazda3 lineup receives a fair amount of added features, focusing on bringing more technology to entry-level models and fun-specific choices to upper level ones. Offered in SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims, each level is preceded by an i or an s, which signifies engine size. Base model estimated miles per gallon: 29/41. Estimated starting price: $16,945.
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Compiled by Motor Matters