When I was in Los Angeles recently for a press trip, Mazda was gracious enough to send me a Mazda3 so that I could get from LA to San Diego. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Collage shots and car selfie were taken by me. All other photos of the Mazda3 are courtesy of Mazda.
My time with the Mazda3 i 4-door Touring was short (from Saturday evening to Monday morning), but I clocked a lot of hours driving the Southern California freeway and around town in San Diego while I had it, and it was easy to fall in love.
The Mazda3 is a slick-looking, smooth-driving, get-you-where-you-need-to-go kind of vehicle. My first impression of the car, when the hotel valet pulled it around to the front of the hotel for me, was that I loved the color (the car that I had a chance to drive was a gorgeous blue reflex mica with a black interior). The trunk had ample space for my luggage, and the driver’s seat had more than enough room for me. I was more than satisfied with my ride.
I got in the car, hooked my phone up to charge via USB cord, found a good radio station (take a look at the enormous touch screen infotainment system!), adjusted my mirrors, and was on my way south towards San Diego. It was easy to find the controls and features I needed to get on my way quickly. Maybe because I have driven a few Mazdas in the last few years, but this car just felt intuitive to me.
The Mazda3 handled well in the night-time slow and then fast, stop and go LA traffic. Possibly my favorite thing about the Mazda3? When I got to my destination, I was able to zip right into (and later, out of) an insane, tight, wall-on-one-side parking spot. I never would have dared it with a bigger car, but the Mazda3 tackled the parking job like a champ. Frankly, it made ME look good.
Perhaps one of the most appealing things about the Mazda3 is the sticker price. With an MSRP starting at $16,945, the 2015 Mazda3 is a very affordable car! The fuel efficiency adds to the affordability of the Mazda3; it has an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 29/41 mpg (city/highway), with an average of 34 miles per gallon.
The other stats that stood out to me were the government safety ratings – the Mazda3 got an overall vehicle score of 5 out of 5 stars for frontal, side, and rollover impacts. I feel so much better driving around in a car that has received top ratings for safety.
A few features of the 2015 Mazda3:
Below are available features for the Mazda3. Check MazdaUSA.com to see details on what is available on each model, and which features come standard versus optional >>
- 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
Mazda3 safety features include:
- Advanced front air bags
- Front side-impact air bags
- Side-impact air curtains
- Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control System
- 4-wheel ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist
- Available Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- E911 automatic emergency notification
- Adaptive Front-lighting System
- Smart City Brake Support
- Lane Departure Warning System
- High Beam Control
- Forward Obstruction Warning
- Mazda Radar Cruise Control
Every time I get behind the wheel of a Mazda, I fall a little more in love with the brand. I love what Mazda has done with their cars in the past few years. Mazda has become one of our front runners for the new car search.
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