2014 Mazda3 priced from $16,945

The all-new Mazda3 will start at $16,945, with more souped-up trims running closer to $30,000. For 2014, Mazda’s compact best-seller – 3.5 million vehicles sold worldwide – sports a redesigned look and proprietary SKYACTIV technology with style based on Mazda’s KODO “Soul of Motion” design philosophy. The car’s fuel economy is an impressive 41 highway mpg.

“The compact car segment is one that is competitively cutthroat, meaning there is little room for error when launching an all-new vehicle like the 2014 Mazda3,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO.

On sale in September, the 2014 Mazda3 will be available in either SKYACTIV 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter gasoline engines. The standard engine on i models that include SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims is SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter, producing 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. For s designated models, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine with 184 hp at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,250 rpm is the standard.

The sedan-only i SV is available with either the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual ($16,945 MSRP) or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic ($17,995 MSRP) transmissions. The 2014 Mazda3 i SV model has new standard features including push-button start, automatic power door locks, a remote keyless entry system, daytime running lights and a USB connection port.

Other highlights include a matte-finish front grille, 16-inch full-cover steel wheels, body-color door handles and bumpers and dual-power folding outside mirrors. The i Sport adds illuminated steering wheel controls, a 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity, cruise control, a trip computer, a CD player, map lights, body-colored side mirrors and a tachometer. Sport models are available in either sedan or new-for-2014 five-door form and can be fitted with either transmission.The Mazda3 i Sport four-door with SKYACTIV-MT starts at $18,445 MSRP while the five-door starts at $18,945.

The Mazda3 i Touring four-door with SKYACTIV-MT starts at $19,595 while the five-door version starts at $20,095 MSRP. Like i Sport models, the automatic transmission can be added for $1,050, regardless of how many doors are optioned.

A Touring Technology Package is available for all i Touring models at an additional $1,600 and features an all-new human-machine interface (HMI) system with a seven-inch full-color touch screen display, navigation, a multi-function commander control for display screen operations, a rearview camera, a Bose Centerpoint 2 nine-speaker Surround Sound System with AudioPilot 2, HD Radio Technology, Sirius/XM satellite radio with a four-month complimentary subscription, Aha by HARMAN radio integration, Pandora internet radio compatibility, Stitcher internet radio integration, E911 automatic emergency notification and SMS text message receipt and delivery, two USB ports, voice command, dual zone automatic climate control, an overhead console with sunglasses holder, illuminated vanity mirrors and a shark fin antenna.

The i Grand Touring starts at $22,745 MSRP for the sedan and $23,245 MSRP for the five-door when featuring a SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission. The SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed is $23,795 MSRP and $24,295 MSRP, respectively.

Fuel economy for all five-door models featuring the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine is rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 29 city/40 highway/33 combined mpg with a manual transmission and 30 city/40 highway/33 combined mpg when equipped with an automatic.

The 2014 Mazda3 will be sold in eight colors: Jet Black, Soul Red, Blue Reflex, Liquid Silver, Meteor Gray, Snowflake White Pearl and the two all-new colors, Deep Crystal Blue and Titanium Flash. A choice of Black or Sand cloth seats as well as Black or Almond leather seats is available based on trim level. Leatherette-trimmed seats are offered only in Black.

Standard safety features include six airbags (front, side and full sidecurtain), whiplash-reducing front headrests, headrests for all seating positions, power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc solid brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, daytime running lights, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Launch Assist, a collapsible steering column (following air bag deployment), a trunk entrapment release system, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), a keyless remote panic button on the key fob, three-point safety belts for all seating positions, front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters as well as Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).

i Touring and above models feature a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) as standard equipment. A rearview camera is an available option on i Touring models and is standard on i Grand Touring as well as s Touring and Grand Touring models.

Photo Credit: Mazda

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