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Mazda 3

Monica Amador

El Observador

The Mazda3 has a quality feel with great technology in this economic compact car.  Driving this car made me feel connected to the road as I opened up the throttle with the 2.0L DOHC 4 Cylinder engine, 6-speed manual and the SKYACTIV®-G gasoline engine boasting a 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft torque.  EPA gas mileage with advanced direct injection is 29 City/40 Highway mpg.    Helping the Mazda3 achieve its fuel economy is the i-Eloop regenerative braking system.  Similar to hybrid vehicles, i-Eloop converts kinetic energy to electricity when the car is braking or coasting down.  Rather than reuse that electricity as drive energy, though, the Mazda3 uses it to power all of the car’s auxiliary systems, taking some of the generator load off the engine.  The independent front and rear suspension and electric power assisted rack and pinion steering felt tight and had a ready response to all my driving actions.

The interior displayed a sporty red piping leatherette-trimmed seats and trim that was fairly comfortable, and had heated, 6-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar adjustments.  Available features also included Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio capability, advanced keyless entry & start system, Infotainment system with a 7” full—color touchscreen display, multi-function Commander control, rearview camera that helped guide you when in reverse, Bose® 9 speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint®2 and AudioPilot®2, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio with 4 month subscription, Aha™ internet radio integration, Pandora® internet radio integration, Stitcher™ internet radio integration, SMS text message audio delivery and reply, dual-zone automatic climate control system and much more.

The monochrome projection showed speed, lane-departure warnings and route guidance.  While driving, or changing lanes, the Mazda3 had a lane departure warning system that alerted you if another car was near your car and helped to keep you alert with the beeping signals.

Standard safety features included 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.
Starting manufactured suggested retail price basic begins at $18,945 but with available features, $24,335.


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