Proudly made in Japan, the new Mazda 3 is a hatchback that is ready to sprint anytime you want to while remaining fuel efficient during those idle times in the Philippines. It utilizes Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion design philosophy for a dynamic look and SKYACTIV technology for increased performance in a very good price point.
A leather wrapped steering wheel with carbon fiber inserts will greet you inside, together with the leather covered hand brake and shift knob. The R and Speed variants come have an Analog Tachometer with small displays for vehicle status and a heads up display for as speedometer.
A 7” screen highlights the infotainment system that comes standard with a Commander Control while a 9-speaker Bose sound system is available for the Speed variant.
Airbags, ABS with electronic brake distribution, Dynamic Stability Control, parking sensors, immobilizer, and Child Lock Protection comes in all variants.
The Mazda 3 is run by a 1.5L engine for the base model, while the others have a 2.0L engine that can produce 153 hp and 200 Nm of torque. Each model is coupled to a 6-speed SKYACTIV transmission system.
The R and Speed versions come with i-STOP and i-ELOOP technologies. I-STOP automatically shuts off engine when it comes to a complete stop, but would be restarted once you let go of the brake pedal. The i-ELOOP, on the other hand, makes use of energy lost during deceleration, combines it into electricity and feeds back into the system. Combined, it is rated to save 10% of fuel in real world application.
Accidents involving teen drivers have increased due to using smartphones while driving, says the US News and World Report. Thus, they listed a number of cars that would prove best for teens in terms of reducing distraction and safety. One of them is the latest Mazda 3.