Better 10Bester! 2016 Mazda 3 Drops Price, Adds Stuff

2015 Mazda 3 2.5L hatchback

-We get a lot of pricing-related press releases around here, but not many of them announce a price lowering, and even fewer of those involve a current Car and Driver 10Best winner. But this is one of those times, so we’re happy to announce a lower price on one of our favorite current automobiles, the winsome Mazda 3.

The base 2016 Mazda 3 i Sport model, which is powered by a 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, now starts $600 less than the 2015 model, at $18,665 for a six-speed manual-equipped sedan and $19,715 for the six-speed automatic version of same. Add $700 to those amounts if you’d like the sexy and practical hatchback. All models now come with a standard backup camera. A new $1000 Preferred Equipment package for i Sport models brings 16-inch wheels, heated outside mirrors with turn signals, chrome exterior trim, upgraded upholstery, a rear-seat armrest, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitors.

Another $1200 will buy you a Mazda 3 i Touring model, which includes the above features plus a sunroof; keyless starting; a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter, and brake handle; fog lamps; and a rear spoiler on sedan models. The Touring trim is also the cheapest way into the Mazda 3 s, with its 184-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which costs $25,615 for the sedan and $26,315 for the hatchback, both of which also get the automatic transmission.

2015 Mazda 3 2.5L hatchback

2015 Mazda 3 2.5L hatchback

Mazda has also introduced a new Popular Equipment package for 2016 Touring models that adds an auto-dimming mirror, dual-zone climate control, Bose surround sound with nine speakers, and four months of satellite radio, all for $1100.

The 3 i Grand Touring level brings navigation, leatherette upholstery, and heated front seats, for $23,365 for manual-equipped models, while the more powerful s Grand Touring adds real leather, adaptive xenon headlamps, and 18-inch wheels for $25,565, again with the manual transmission. Add another $700 to those amounts if you want the hatchback, and/or $1050 if you desire the autobox. To go all the way, you may then add the $2600 Technology package, which brings a capacitor-based brake-energy recapture system, radar cruise control, low-speed collision mitigation, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, and forward-obstruction warning.



Visually, nothing changes for 2016, which isn’t surprising since we expect a midcycle tweaking for 2017. Incidentally, we recently added a manual-equipped Mazda 3 s Grand Touring hatchback to our long-term test fleet to see how a loaded 3 does in the real world. If you want to conduct a long-term test of your own, it’s nice to know that it now will cost you a little less.

2015 Mazda 3 2.5L hatchback

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