2016 Mazda3 gets more features, base model dropped

Mazda has revealed the updates to the 2016 Mazda3 four- and five-door models, which now starts at $17,845. The biggest change is the deletion of the base i SV model, which leaves the i Sport trim level as the entry to the Mazda3 lineup.

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Mazda has revealed the updates to the 2016 Mazda3 four- and five-door models, which now starts at $17,845. The biggest change is the deletion of the base i SV model, which leaves the i Sport trim level as the entry to the Mazda3 lineup.

The 2016 Mazda3 now comes standard with a backup camera and the i Sport comes with more standard features and a $600 lower starting price. The i Sport trim comes standard with Mazda Connect, a six speaker audio system, Bluetooth and cruise control. A Preferred Equipment package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, premium cloth-trimmed seats, auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Stepping up to the Mazda3 Touring gets you standard 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, halogen fog lights, heated body-color exterior door mirrors with integrated turn signals, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Keyless Entry, moonroof, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and a rear spoiler on sedan models. A Touring Popular Equipment package adds an auto-dimming interior mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control system, Bose nine-speaker surround sound system, SiriusXM satellite radio and a CD player.

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The Mazda3 i Grand Touring comes with leatherette seating surfaces, while Mazda3 s Grand Touring has leather seats. Additionally, both Mazda3 Grand Touring models come with navigation and heated seats, while the Mazda3 s Grand Touring adds adaptive xenon HID headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Mazda3 s Grand Touring models with the Technology Package include i-ELOOP, Mazda’s brake-energy regeneration system that captures kinetic energy to power accessories and help increase fuel-efficiency compared with other SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter models, as well as the full suite of i-ACTIVSENSE features including Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart City Brake Support, High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning System, and Forward Obstruction Warning.

The Mazda2 is available with either a 155-horsepower 2.0L engine or a 184-horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder. Either engine can be paired with a six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission.

Source: Mazda