The United States Environmental Agency has given a fuel economy rating of 29 mpg city/41 highway to the redesigned 2014 Mazda3, the Japanese carmaker disclosed. The rating pertains to the 2014 Mazda3 sedan powered by 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a manual transmission. Once the engine is mated to an automatic gearbox, the Mazda3's city rating will increase by 1 mpg, while highway fuel economy remains unchanged.
According to the EPA's fuel economy comparison Web site, fueleconomy.gov, the Mazda3's EPA rating exceeds the entry-level offerings of compact segment leaders like the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte and Toyota Corolla.
Mazda3’s fuel economy ratings are expected to boost its sales in the US. The current Mazda3 posted a 12-percent drop in sales in the US in the first half of 2013 to 52,701 units, in contrast to the growth logged by the entire compact-car segment at 8 percent to over 1.1 million vehicles.
Mazda will launch the 2014 Mazda3 in September with a starting price of $17,740, including shipping. The entry-level Mazda3 i SV, only available as a sedan, is powered by a 2.0-liter engine paired to six-speed manual transmission from Mazda's Skyactiv range of technology.
Five-door hatchback variants are available in higher trim levels. Coming as standard equipment are push-button start, automatic door locks, remote keyless entry and a USB connection port. The Mazda3 is available in four trim levels: SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The range-topping Mazda3 is the Grand Touring hatchback, with the "s" designating a 2.5-liter engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It has a price of $27,290.