2016 Mazda 3

Mazda 3 is a very competitive car in its market segment. The
model which is offered as a hatchback and a sedan features some
awesome updates every year. The new 2016 Mazda 3 will also see
some transformation both on the outside and the inside. It will
come with engine upgrades and modernized technology features.

Exterior of Mazda 3 2016

The 2016 Mazda 3 will be offered in 5 trim levels which will
include; the i-Sport, i-Touring, i-Grand Touring, s-Touring and
s- Grand Touring. The new Mazda 3 will be more athletic with
excellent dynamics and suspension.

The model will still keep its long hood and “cab-back” design
that differentiates it from other compact cars. The new vehicle
will also have sweeping shoulders and a more sloping roofline
on the hatchback. The vehicle will also feature a redesigned
grille, new LED headlights and taillights as well as new fog
lights.

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2016 Mazda 3 Hatchback

2016 Mazda 3 Interior

The inside of the new Mazda 3 2016 will be comfortable though
not that roomy. To start with, the vehicle will accommodate
five passengers. The front seats will be comfortable and
adjustable. Except for the base version of the sedan, all other
models will feature a 7-inch touch screen display. The screen
will be controlled through buttons placed between the front
seats. The rear backseat can be folded in 60/40 ratio to
provide more cargo space. For the hatchback, cargo space will
be 47 cubic feet.

All models will have a standard back up camera while other
interior features will include air conditioning, pollen filter
and dual power folding mirrors. The iSport trim level which
will be the new base trim after the automaker removed the iSV
trim will feature Mazda’s Connect infotainment system, the
Preferred Equipment Package with heated door mirrors, premium
cloth-trimmed sport seats, a rear seat armrest with cup
holders, blind spot monitoring system, rear cross traffic alert
and auto on/off headlights.  The Touring trim will also
have the Popular Equipment Package which will include a
dual-zone climate control, a Bose 9-speaker surround sound
system and auto-dimming interior mirror.

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Engine, Specs and Performance

When it comes to the drive train, the new Mazda 3 will be
offered in three engine variants.  The first engine will
be a 1.5L that produces 118 hp. The second engine will be a 2.0
L SkyActiv engine with a capability of producing 155 hp and 150
lb-ft of torque. The third engine which will be the most
powerful among them will feature a 2.5 L turbocharged inline
4-cylinder unit with a capability of producing 184 hp and 185
lb-ft of torque.

Rumors are rife that each of the engines could be mated with
either a six-speed automatic transmission system or a six-speed
manual transmission system. The turbocharged engine could be
updated to offer more power according to insider information.
The engine is expected to offer a 0-60 mph in around 6 seconds
and a top speed of 150 mph and will be offered in AWD.

Fuel consumption for the 2.0-liter engine for the Mazda 3
Sedan: 29/41 mpg (manual transmission), 30/41 mpg (automatic),
Hatchback: 29/40 mpg (manual transmission),  30/40 mpg
(automatic transmission).

2.5-liter engine consumes a bit more

Sedan: 25/37 mpg (manual), 28/39 mpg (automatic)

Hatchback: 26/35 mpg (manual), 27/37 mpg (automatic)

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2016 Mazda 3 Sedan

Price and release date

The 2016 Mazda 3 Hatchback models will be more expensive than
their sedan counterparts. The base Sedan trim will go for
around $ 18,000 while the hatchback will attract a price tag of
around $19,000. Price of the top trims of both versions will
range between $25,000 and $26,000 depending on the extra
features one chooses. The Mazda could hit the market as early
as the second half of 2015.

Competition

The new vehicle will face stiff competition from Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and the Ford Focus.