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Mazda 3 offers a good looking vehicle with top-of-the-league dynamics. It rates well in safety tests. The base model has a good package of standard equipment.

For many years now, Mazda3's dashing good looks and engaging driving experience has been a winning combination making it a popular choice in the compact car category. For 2016, you can expect no less from Mazda 3. It still offers the same preppy performance and alert handling.

Whether you are looking to buy the sedan or the hatchback version, what you'll get is a car with sexy proportions, almost akin to a sports car. The aggressive front grille, a sweeping shoulder line, gentle curves and crisp edges all give it an impressive profile.

The fun-to-drive element that is has been know for is still present in the latest version -- the drive is smooth, the clutch is easy to operate and the shift mechanism is a dream to handle.

With the basic i SV sedan gone, Mazda3 i Sport is now it's well-equipped entry model. There are 5 trim levels being offered all with good standard inclusions. For 2016, Mazda has come up with great infotainment offerings and even furthered the game when it comes to the equipment set for its standard models. For instance, all models now come with a rearview camera system and push-button start while automatic headlights, automatic wipers and a sunroof are standard on trim levels higher than the base model.

Profile

The essential elements of the big redesign in 2014 are still carried over for this model year. It is known as one of the most attractive compact cars out in the market today. The 2016 styling has a stretched hood while the windshield pillars were moved towards the rear by about 10 centimetres. Thin, swept-back headlamps are a good match for the aggressive grille. With the cabin set further to the rear, the side profile looks taut, giving it a unique look compared to other cars in the compact class. The taillights copy the front styling with pointed ends.


Power and Performance:

The 2016 Mazda3 offers two engine choices stemming from the Skyactive line. The engine comes with slick shifting 6-speed transmission available with a manual or an automatic gearbox. All Mazda3 models are front-wheel drive.

2.0-liter inter inline-4 2.5-liter inline-4
155 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm 184 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
150 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm 185 lb-ft of torque @ 3,250 rpm
Fuel Economy Rating (city/highway):
Manual: 8.0 L/100 km city, 5.8L/100 km highway Automatic: 7.9 L/100 km city, 5.7L/100 km highway Manual: 8.2 L/100 km city, 5.9 L/100 km highway Automatic: 8.0 L/100 km city, 5.9 L/100 km highway

Acceleration is a breeze with Mazda 3 going from zero to sixty in 7.5 seconds. It offers decent fuel ratings for all models. When it comes to handling and response, Mazda 3 is snappy and can make any driver feel confident about braving even the tightest turns with modest body motions, precise steering and crisp shifting.


Interiors and Special Features:

Mazda3 has an average-sized cabin with a good layout. The front seats are snug and comfortable with a 6-way manual adjustable driver's seat. However, the rear seat has limited legroom. All models have 60/40-split folding rear seats.

The instrument panel has a large central analogue gauge with wing-shaped digital display on the sides. It features a clock, tachometer, trip computer and low fuel level warning. One of the more value-laden propositions of the Mazda 3 is the infotainment system. All models now feature Mazda Connect - a 7-inch colour touchscreen, multi-function commander control mounted in-dash. The infosystem uses voice command, has radio broadcast data system program information, HD radio, Aha™, Pandora®, Stitcher™ internet radio integration, SMS text message audio delivery and relay along with automatic emergency notification.


Safety features:

The instrument panel has a large central analogue gauge with wing-shaped digital display on the sides. It features a clock, tachometer, trip computer and low fuel level warning. One of the more value-laden propositions of the Mazda 3 is the infotainment system. All models now feature Mazda Connect - a 7-inch colour touchscreen, multi-function commander control mounted in-dash. The infosystem uses voice command, has radio broadcast data system program information, HD radio, Aha™, Pandora®, Stitcher™ internet radio integration, SMS text message audio delivery and relay along with automatic emergency notification.

Other safety features include Anti-lock Brake System with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, dynamic stability control and traction control system, side-impact door beams, collapsible steering column, foldaway brake pedal assembly and SKYACTIV®*body ring structure.

The base model of Mazda 3 has been tested by the IIHS and earned a "Good" rating in all categories including the small overlap frontal test. Mazda3 has been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick with distinction.

Overall, good fuel economy and an attractive profile already make this car a good buy. But the crux of your purchase decision should rely on the dynamics of this vehicle -- which isn't just a fun-to-drive sedan, but one that can truly perform on the road.