September 24 2014

2015 Mazda3 remains an excellent choice within its segment

By Dennis Kwan – Kramer Mazda

2015 Mazda3 remains an excellent choice within its segment

For the 2015 model year, the Mazda3 brings with it all the changes it received in 2014, including sleek new styling as a result of Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design language, and efficiency-enhancing SKYACTIV technology. Additions for 2015 include a manual transmission that is now offered with the 2.5-litre engine, and there have been some minor changes to the availability of standard and optional features.

Precise handling, quick acceleration, excellent fuel economy, and top safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are among the highlights that consumers can expect from the 2015 Mazda3. The new sedan/ hatchback also continues to provide buyers with a refined interior, easy-to-use and find controls, and access to i-ACTIVSENSE technology.

Consumers intrigued by the new model can get the 2015 Mazda3 starting at $15,995 MSRP. Three trims are offered with the vehicle: the base GX model, mid-level GS, and top-of-the-line GT. Those that select the base or GS model will find a 2.0-litre, direct-injection, 4-cylinder engine under the hood of the car.

All models continue to have an extremely high compression ratio of 13.0:1, which means that more energy is harnessed from fuel, and both fuel efficiency and torque are enhanced by 15 percent compared to previous Mazda models that did not include SKYACTIV technology. As for the current 2015 Mazda3, the SKYACTIV 2.0-litre engine will generate a total output of 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque.

However, consumers looking for something with a little more punch may enjoy the top GT trim that comes equipped with a larger, 2.5-litre, direct-injection, 4-cylinder engine. It produces 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, and buyers can benefit from improved low- and mid-range torque when compared to conventional gasoline engines. All engines are also paired to a standard 6-speed manual transmission, and a 6-speed automatic with manual shift mode and paddle shifters is optional, depending on the model.

When equipped with the 2.0-litre engine and the 6-speed automatic, fuel economy ratings are 7.9/5.7 litres per 100 kilometres (city/highway). With the 2.5-litre engine equipped with the 6-speed automatic and i-ELOOP – Mazda’s regenerative braking system – the rating becomes 8.2 and 5.9 L/100 km.

As for safety, the automaker’s active safety technologiy known as i-ACTIVSENSE, which includes a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and a smart city brake support, are offered on the GT trim with the Technology Package.

In terms of comfort and convenience features, buyers of the 2015 Mazda3 can enjoy dual-zone automatic climate controls, keyless entry, a push button start, heated front seats, and 60/40-split fold-down rear seats, available depending on the model. Leather-trimmed upholstery and a leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel are also available.

A rearview camera comes standard as of the mid-level trim, and the voice-activated navigation system and active driving display are standard on the GT model. In addition, owners of the new Mazda3 can opt for satellite radio with the Technology Package on the GT trim, and a 7-inch display is standard as of the GS.

The 2015 Mazda3 continues to be an excellent choice for consumers in need of a compact car. The new “3” handles well, and provides responsive and precise steering, in addition to very good fuel economy ratings, and lots of features and technologies to consider.

For more information, or to book a test drive, contact us at Kramer Mazda today.

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