Saturday, January 17, 2015


All new 2015 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring is like a Mazdaspeed 3 ,The 2015 Mazda Mazda3 has seating for five, comes standard with front-wheel drive and is offered in sedan and hatchback body styles. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder is available on s Touring and s Grand Touring trims. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with either engine and a six-speed automatic is available .In typical Mazda form, is tuned to the sportier side of the spectrum. And it’s not a stripper model, either, with leather-trimmed seats, Moonroof with one-touch open, 6-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustment, Variable heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry & Start System, Rearview camera  Mazda navigation system, Bose 9 speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint 2 and AudioPilot, SiriusXM satellite radio w/ 4 month subscription, Dual-zone automatic climate control system, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED Daytime Running Lights, LED combination taillights, Active Driving Display for driving information, Paddle shifters, Bi-xenon headlights with auto leveling, Auto On/Off headlights, Auto-dimming interior mirror with Homelink, Perforated leather-trimmed seats, Adaptive Front-lighting System, Rain sensing windshield wipers, MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment system with: 7" full-color touchscreen display, multi-function Commander control, Infotainment system voice command,HD radio, Aha internet radio integration, Pandora internet radio integration, Stitcher  internet radio integration, SMS text message audio delivery and reply.

There’s definitely a respectable amount of power on tap to make things interesting. It’s not too far behind the Honda Civic Si’s 205-hp output, but this Mazda 3 has more torque with 185 lb-ft versus 174 lb-ft. The gap widens when you look at cars in this class that are even more performance focused like the Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST. But for a “normal” version of a car, this 3 is a lot of fun with grunt that you’re able to really wring out on the streets. The Skyactiv four-cylinder is smooth and doesn’t mind revving. The gold standard for four-cylinders in my opinion remains Honda’s K-series engines, but the Mazda powerplant is creeping into the conversation now.

Unlike the manual shifter in the previous two generations of the Mazdaspeed 3, the six-speed gearbox in this 3 is incredibly slick slotting into gears with ease. Shift throws are short, and the clutch is light and easy modulate. Getting back to the engine for a quick second, it has good throttle response, which is always nice when you are going down gears heading into a corner.

And this hatchback is a handler. It stays well planted around sweepers and in turns with a little bit of body lean. Of course, if you push it too hard, the front tires will give way and you’ll push, but that takes really over-driving the car and that’s something you shouldn’t be doing on the streets anyway. Steering feels direct and well weighted for a sporty hatch, and the brakes are confidence inspiring beginning right at the top of the pedal stroke.

There’re also some pretty decent tires on this 3. The 18-inch performance all-season Dunlop SP Sport 5000s were respectable dry and weren’t really loud.

During daily driving, the ride quality is firmer, but the suspension still softens blows from larger impacts over ruts and potholes. Those seeking cushier rides will want to look at duller-performing entries like the Nissan Sentra or maybe Toyota Corolla . If you are willing to give up a little bit of ride comfort, then this Mazda 3,Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus  ,Civicare vehicles you will want to test-drive.

The latest-generation 3’s sheetmetal is distinctive still, even after ditching the smiley front-end appearance of the previous car. It looks all right to my eyes and follows in the footsteps of the 6 and the facelifted CX-5. I do prefer the old rear-end styling on the five-door hatchback that was more defined and less rounded like this new car.

Inside, things look good finally with a respectable central screen instead of the old screen inset into the dash. It makes dealing with radio and navigation functions easier, along with the command knobs on the center console. Materials are upgraded a notch with soft-touch surfaces in all the important areas, and the front bucket seats are comfortably firm and supportive in the right areas. It was easy for me to find a comfortable seating position, and pedal placement with the bottom-hinged gas pedal is really nice.

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