Mazda North American Operations disclosed that it has priced its 2010 MAZDA3. This highly-awaited sport compact, which is equipped with a manual transmission, has a starting price of $15,045 (higher by $355 compared to the outgoing model).
The size and affordability mean that the 2010 MAZDA3 can give customers value for their money. Still the 4-door 2.0-liter i Touring MAZDA3 with its automatic transmission will remain to be the volume-leader model.
At $18,350, it’s a good deal with features that include the Bluetooth wireless mobile phone with audio capability and a hands-free operation, Traction Control, and Dynamic Stability Control. The city fuel economy is 25 mpg while highway fuel economy is 10% better at 33 mpg.
This means it is less expensive to fill up the MAZDA3 i Touring. The 4-door 2.5-liter MAZDA3 s Sport is priced at $19,450, while the 5-door version comes in at $20,030. It uses an automatic transmission and now has the alloy 17-inch wheels.
MAZDA3 s Sport also now has a Multi-Information Display and with its 4.1-inch monochromatic screen, transmits the trip data and even includes fuel economy and i-Pod and MP3 program information, in addition to the alert and maintenance messages.
Like all models from Mazda, the 2.5-liter engine offers a lot of Zoom-Zoom which every eco-conscious driving enthusiasts would want. This engine can deliver 167 horsepower, 13hp higher compared to the 2.3-liter engine that it replaced.
Even the torque is improved. The 2.5-liter engine gives a maximum torque of 168 lb.-ft., 18hp better than the 2.3-liter version. Even will all these, fuel economy remains competitive at 22 mpg for city and 29 mpg for highway.
For the 2010 model, Mazda has put in a Technology package as well as a Moonroof/six CD changer/BOSE Audio package. The Technology package is offered for both s models and it has features that include the push-button start, compact full-color navigation system, and advanced keyless entry.
It also offers a perimeter alarm plus a Sirius satellite radio with free service of up to six months. The Technology package with all these features can be availed for $1,195. The Moonroof/six CD changer/ BOSE Audio package on the other hand is offered for the two s models and the MAZDA3 i Touring.
Aside from the six CD changer and moonroof, the Audio package adds in the BOSE Centerpoint surround sound. This offers a five-channel surround sound system that works well with BOSE and improves the audio experience owing to the noise cancellation technology, digital amplifier, and 10 premium speakers placed strategically around the interior.
All of these are available for $1,395. With the power, the functionality, and the additional features offered compared to the 2009 model, the 4-door 2010 MAZDA3 s Grand Touring is in fact cheaper by $240.