Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Editorial Assistant
3/19/15 11:50 a.m.

The Mazda 3 has served Mazda as the entry-level sedan for almost 13 years. The latest edition combines the same practical four-door layout with a 184-horsepower powerplant that can achieve 40 mpg on the highway. On paper it looks like another good general utility car.

We tested out the most tricked out of the 5 available Mazda 3 models. The Mazda 3 s Grand Touring includes features not found in the base models, including the larger 2.5-liter engine, leather sports seats and radar-assisted cruise control.

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clutchsmoke Dork
3/19/15 1:11 p.m.

I really have to wonder if the automatic killed it. I enjoyed driving my father's 2014 Mazda 3 w/ 155hp 6 speed manual. I guess coming from a fit skews my perspective a bit.

trigun7469 Dork
3/19/15 1:33 p.m.

My wife is leasing the newest Mazda 3, the auto feature makes it less desirable. It handles well and has a good amount of room, never got 40 MPG, I think the top has been 37MPG. It sucks in the snow.

kanaric Dork
3/19/15 1:35 p.m.

I see 2.5l swaps into next gen Miatas being a thing here in 10 years lol

killeen_john New Reader
3/19/15 2:23 p.m.

We've had a great experience with our 2007 Mazda3 hatchback and have been thinking about getting a 2015 Mazda3 s Touring 5-Door (2.5) with the 6 speed manual. The $24,000+ admission price seems steep and I feel you get a lot more bang for the buck from the Ford Focus ST.

sanman HalfDork
3/19/15 3:14 p.m.

I'm wondering if the automatic, heft of a 2.5 up front, or the tires that killed it (what size was on the tester?...they look tiny. I wonder how a 2.0 liter with a manual and larger tires would do.

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