Make the Mazda3 Hatchback Yours


Mazda3 5-Door - Hiley Mazda Arlington

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Mazda didn’t make many significant changes to the Mazda3 between 2015 and 2016. Aside from adding a few standard features, the company dropped the SV trim and 3s Touring’s manual transmission. Some of the features that now come standard, however, may convince you that the new Mazda3 5-Door is the right vehicle for driving in Fort Worth.

Standard Features

The latest version of the Mazda3 5-Door comes with an impressive number of standard features. Those features include cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen, voice controls, and Bluetooth that can connect to your smartphone and audio devices.

The base 3i Sport also comes with a six-speaker stereo system that lets you listen to music via a USB port, HD radio, or auxiliary input. Of course, you can also use your smartphone to stream music, podcasts, and other media.

A Look Under the Hood

Mazda gives you two engine options when you buy the Mazda3 5-Door. Models labeled Mazda 3i come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. That may not sound like much, but it’s plenty for this lightweight hatchback. You can expect it to jump from zero to 60 mph in about 8.3 seconds. According to EPA estimates, the 3i engine gets 41 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city. That’s another benefit of driving a lightweight, peppy car.
The 3s models from Mazda come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that gives you 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to blast you from zero to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds, which puts the Mazda3 hatchback near the top of its class. The extra power means you burn a little more fuel, but it’s still conservative compared to most vehicles. Expect to get about 37 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city.
No matter which of these trims you choose, the small size and peppy engine will give you an advantage of Fort Worth’s roads. The next time you see heavy traffic on the interstate, use these features to your benefit. You won’t have to slow down nearly as much as those hulking vehicles that take up a lot of space and have difficulty merging into free lanes.

Safety Features

Mazda loaded the Mazda3 hatchback with an impressive number of safety features. Standard features include stability and traction control, rearview camera, and active front head restraints. You get even more features as you move up the trim levels, including a blind-spot warning system, cross-traffic alerts, and forward collision warning.If you do have an accident, this little hatchback will keep you as safe as possible. The government gives it five out of five stars for overall crash protection, so you can feel secure having fun driving the roads of Fort Worth. Mazda has slightly improved the latest version of the Mazda3 hatchback. Those improvements, however, turn a great car into an excellent car.


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