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the newest 2013 mazda3
« on: January 24, 2013, 10:10:38 PM »
While the 2013 Mazda3 ranks highly for its strong engines and sharp handling, reviewers think it isn’t as practical as its classetsmates.

One thing that separates the Mazda3 from its classetsmates is its nimble, accurate handling, which makes it one of the most fun-to-drive models in the classets. All models have a four-cylinder engine. The base model has 148 horsepower and the most powerful model, the Mazdaspeed3, has 263 horsepower. Regardless of which engine you choose, reviewers say that most shoppers will be very pleased with the Mazda3’s performance. The only downside to the Mazda3, auto writers say, is that fuel economy from all but one engine isn’t very good. The 155-horsepower Skyactiv engine, which was new for the 2012 model year, achieves an EPA-estimated 28/40 mpg city/highway, which is great for a small car. Plus, it doesn’t sacrifice performance for efficiency. All models except the Mazdaspeed3, which only comes with a six-speed manual transmission, offer a manual and automatic transmission. Depending on the trim, these transmissions have five or six gears. Test drivers think both the manual and automatic transmissions are responsive, but some find that the manuals make the Mazda3 feel faster.

While the 2013 Mazda3’s performance receives a glowing review from the automotive press, overall evaluations of its interior aren’t as positive. Many auto writers say that the Mazda3’s second-row seats feel tight for the classets. Some test drivers even say the front seats won’t offer enough room for tall adults. The Mazda3 is available in sedan and hatchback body styles, and several auto writers complain that the sedan doesn’t have much cargo space, though hatchback models have a lot. While no test driver says that the Mazda3’s interior is cheap, reviewers think the quality of its plastics are below its main rivals like the Volkswagen Golf. Reviewers think most of the Mazda3’s interior controls are straightforward, but some take issue with the Mazda3’s optional navigation system. They say its small screen, awkward placement in the dashboard and complicated, steering-wheel mounted controls make it a pain to use.


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