Mazda is spilling the beans on the new 2016 Mazda3. It will get a slightly lower price, while getting more standard features at the same time.
For 2016, both the Mazda3 hatchback and sedan models will get a $600 lower price. However, when you read the fine print you’ll also see that Mazda is bumping up the base trim to the i Sport. This means that the starting price of the i Sport trim has gone down, but the overall base price has gone up.
New standard equipment for 2016 includes a backup camera, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming, cruise control, push button start, and remote keyless entry. All models also now come with power windows with a driver-side one-touch up and down feature, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats.
The i Sport four-door model has a starting price of $17,845 with a six-speed manual transmission and $18,895 for automatic. The five-door hatchback option starts at $18,545 with manual and $19,595 with automatic. Both the i Sport sedan and hatchback come with a the i configuration SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter 155 horsepower engine that gets an estimated 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
The i Sport base models are also available with a Preferred Equipment Package for $1,000 that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors with turn signals, bright beltline trim, automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The next two trims are the Touring and the Grand Touring. They are offered with both the i engine option and also an s configuration option of that bumps up to a SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter engine with 184-horsepower and gets only slightly less fuel economy. They start at $20,045 and $22,545 respectively on the i sedan. The top of the line hatchback Grand Touring s with six-speed automatic starts at $26,495.
The Touring trim comes standard with the same things offered in the Preferred Equipment Package for the Sport trim as well as adding halogen fog lights, advanced keyless entry, a moonroof, and a rear spoiler on the sedan.
There is also a new Touring Popular Equipment Package for $1,100 that adds auto-dimming interior mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose nine-speaker surround sound system, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a shark fin antenna.
The Grand-Touring adds leatherette seats on the i models and leather seats with the s. It also comes standard with heated seats and navigation. The s model adds adaptive HID headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The 2016 Mazda3s will be arriving in dealerships at the end of this month.
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