Defined by sinuous lines and striking an elegant balance between supple and solid, the Mazda 3 is the Japanese equivalent of the Fiesta. However, unlike the Ford, its exterior represents a quest for organic fluidity, not only functionality. Closely following the KODO design language, the Mazda 3 shares numerous similarities with its larger brother, the 6, but retains its own identity, in a more concentrated and compact structure.
Available in both sedan and hatchback configurations, the Mazda 3 is a front wheel drive vehicle that offers comfort and interior space, but still honors the motorsport DNA of the brand.
Two engine choices are available, both powered by gas: either a 155-horsepower, SkyActiv-G G 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder unit with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission or a more powerful, 184 horsepower SkyActive-G 2.5 liter 4-cylinder with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic fitted with a Sport Mode (namely the S models). Fuel efficiency is rated at 40 miles per gallon highway for the latter, while the former manages to get 41 miles per gallon, also highway.
The 0 to 62 time in the 184 horsepower variant takes 7.3 seconds and on a race track, the Mazda 3 pulls 0.8 G’s, which is quite a respectable figure for a car of these dimensions. Good performance? Blame it on the Japanese! On a more serious note, the dynamic nature of the vehicle makes it a perfect choice for professional tuners and enthusiasts, as countless body kit parts, power accessories and aftermarket wheels demonstrate.
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