2016 Mazda 3 Touring Sedan Review

the Small Car Market Is One Of The Biggest Segments For New Car Sales In Australia, But When You Think Of Small Cars You Probably Think Of Hatchbacks Those Models Do Make Up The Vast Majority Of Sales, But Vehicles Like This The Mazda 3 Sedan Also Offer Some Appeal To Buyers Let's Find Out What That Appeal Is There's A Practicality Problem When It Comes To Sedans You're Limited To What You Can Fit In By The Size Of The Opening In A Hatchback It's Easy To Fit Bigger Awkward Items In Because Of The Size Of The Tailgate However Sedans Generally Have More Boot Space Than Their Hatchback Siblings. So, Putting Regular Items Like This Pram In Is Easy Particularly Because The Mazda 3 Sedan Has A Hundred Litres More Space Than The Hatchback You Can Fit For Your Items Like Push Bikes By Lowering The Seats, But Even Then You're Limited To What You Can Fit In By The Size Of The Portal Behind The Scenes The Backseat Of The Mazda 3 Sedan Is Not All That Different To The Hatchback And There's Adequate, But Not Exceptional Amount Of Space For Adults And You Do Lack Rear Seat Air Vents Which Could Be An Issue For Travel Sick Kids However You Do Get Dual.

ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor Points And Three Top Tether Points As Well The Touring Model We Have Here Is Towards The Middle Of The Mazda 3 Range In Terms Of Price, But You'd Be Forgiven For Thinking You Were Driving The Top Spec Model There's Leather Trim With Red Stitching Pretty Much All Around The Cabin And You've Got A Dash Top Media System With Satellite Navigation And A Reverse View Camera On Top Of That You've Got Things Like Dual Zone Climate Control Push-button Start And The Full Complement Of Airbags. So, It Looks Great In Here, But It Also Feels Good Too These Seats Offer Good Adjustment And Good Comfort And Everything In The Cabin Feels Of A High Quality Highlight Of The Mazda Range Is That Infotainment System NZD Connect Which Features A Touchscreen Up Here When You're Sitting Still, But It's Also Got This Brilliantly Intuitive Rotary Dial Controller When You're On The Move It Stacks Up Well In Terms Of The Interior Net, But Let's Hit The Road And See, If The Drive Experience Also That Well Now. I Said Before That It Feels Like A Top Spec Mazda3 And It Is, If You're Buying The 2-liter Entry-level Engine The SKYACTIV Unit Is Available Team To A Six-speed Manual Or A 6-speed Automatic As Tested Here The Auto Adds $2,000 To The Price Which Means This Car Is Twenty Six Seven Ninety Plus On-road Costs The Big Thing With These New Generation Mazda Engines Is That They Achieve Excellent Fuel Use Without Going Down The Turbo Charging Path On Test We've Seen Fuel Use Of About Seven Liters Per 100 K Is Pretty Impressive The Downside Is That The Engine Feels Like It's A Little Bit Sluggish Particularly Down Below 2,000 Rpm Where There's A Bit Of A Dead Spot That's Not The Case In The Slightly D Ro SP 25 Which Has A 2.5 Liter 4-cylinder With 21% More Power And 25% More Torque The Gearbox Always Tries To Go For The Highest Gear.

So, That Means It Can Hunt Between Years As You Can Probably Hear As You Go Up Hills Or Even Just As You're Applying Throttle You'll Often Find That Because It Feels. So, Sluggish You're Putting Down More Throttle Pressure Than You Might Expect You Have To No Matter Which Mazda 3 You Choose Though The Drive Experience Will Be Pretty Much On Point The Japanese Brands Engineers Are All About Making Their Cars Fun To Drive And The Three Even As A Sedan Certainly Lives Up To That The Ride Is On The Firm Side Which Means It Feels Quite Assured Of Itself On The Road That You Do Notice A Lot Of The Smaller Bumps Being Transmitted Into The Cabin The Compliance Is Pretty Good. I Mean It Doesn't Feel Like It's Crashing Over Bumps, But It Is A Little Bit Firm Steering's More Involving Than Some Of The Competitors In The Class And That's Accurate Through Corners As Well, But We Have Noticed That It Can Be Annoyingly Heavy At Times And While Mazda Has Improved Markedly With Its Noise Vibration And Harshness Over The Years It's Still Quite Noisy In The Mazda 3 There's A Lot Of Road Noise Particularly On Course Chip Surfaces And The Engine Can Be Layout Too, If You're In The Market For A Small Sedan You Could Do A Lot Worse Than The Mazda 3 In Touring Specification It Offers A Lot Of The Good Stuff You'd Want At A Very Impressive Price However We'd Be More Tempted By The SP 25 Which Is Just A Little Bit More Expensive, But Offers A Much More Effortless Drive Experience.

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