As a sedan or as a hatchback, the Mazda3 has been a very popular choice for several years now. For the 2013 model year, this little Japanese winner has come up with some small changes.
Accommodating up to five passengers, there are 3 versions of the sedan, namely the GX, the GS-SKY and the GT. Depending on what version you opt for, you’ll get a standard 5-speed (GX) or 6-speed (GS-SKY, GT) manual gearbox, while an automatic transmission is available as an option.
The four-cylinder engines also vary according to the preferred model you want: the GX features a 2.0L producing 148 hp (8.1/5.9 L/100km, city/highway), the GS-SKY comes with the 2.0L, 155-hp SKYACTIV-G (7.7/5.0 L/100km for the sedan, 7.6/5.1 for the Sport), and finally, the GT gets the 2.5L, 167-hp engine (10.2/6.9 L/100km).
|The GS-SKY comes with the 2.0L, 155-hp SKYACTIV-G (7.7/5.0 L/100km for the sedan, 7.6/5.1 for the Sport). (Photo: Mazda)
Available in eight colours, the 2013 Mazda3 takes advantage of a wide range of standard equipment, in particular a sound system USB port, new this year and available in all 3 trim levels. Options include alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a voice command system and cruise control.
The GS-L package, for its part, offers fog lights, leather upholstery and an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat. The Touring package pampers you with push-button ignition, a rear spoiler and a 10-speaker BOSE sound system. Finally, the GT version features blind-spot monitoring, satellite radio and push-button ignition, among other goodies. Competition will be strongest for the sedan, which joins battle against the Honda Civic
, the new Dodge Dart
and the Chevrolet Cruze
, to name a few.
For its part, the sporty MAZDASPEED3 won’t be outdone, taking full advantage of its 2.3L, 263-hp turbo engine. Combined with the 6-speed manual transmission, it can reach 100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds and hit an electronically-limited maximum speed of 250 km/h. As for fuel consumption ratings, the MAZDASPEED3 will deliver 11.5L/100km in the city and 8.0 on the highway.
This sporty little number also benefits from new standard equipment in 2013. Included are a USB port, 18-inch wheels with gunmetal finish as well as side mirrors and rear lower valance all featuring a black finish. Plus, the Technology Package adds blind-spot monitoring, intelligent unlocking, push-button ignition and satellite radio, among others.
|As for fuel consumption ratings, the MAZDASPEED3 will deliver 11.5L/100km in the city and 8.0 on the highway. (Photo: Mazda)
The 2013 Mazdaspeed3 competes against the likes of the Ford Focus ST
, Volkswagen Golf GTI
and Subaru Impreza WRX
. Launch dates have not yet been confirmed by the manufacturer, nor have prices for the various models.