Mazda has announced a series of updates to the 2016 Mazda3.

Mazda has announced a series of updates to the 2016 Mazda3.

Set to on sale late next month, the entry-level Mazda3 i Sport has a lower base price of $17,845.  Despite being $600 cheaper, the model features additional standard equipment including a rearview camera.  

The car can also be equipped with a new Preferred Equipment Package which adds automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, bright exterior trim and 16-inch alloy wheels. The package also includes premium cloth sport seats, a rear-seat armrest, a Blind Spot Monitoring system and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The mid-level Mazda3 Touring also gains a new Popular Equipment Package which includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a dual-zone automatic climate control system and a Bose audio system.  The package also adds a shark fin antenna, a CD player and SiriusXM satellite radio.

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