From Mazda press: Redesigned for 2010, the MAZDA3 4-Door and 5-Door offer the versatility young (or young-at-heart) consumers need, with all the features they demand. A favorite of consumers shopping for their first new vehicle since it launched in 2003, the MAZDA3 has exceeded the expectations of nearly two million owners around the world and is by far the best-selling vehicle in the Mazda lineup – one in every three Mazdas sold worldwide is a MAZDA3.
Package/option changes for 2011 include the addition of rain-sensing front wipers, auto on/off headlights, Bi-Xenon headlights with auto leveling, Adaptive Front-lighting system, and LED rear combination taillights to the Technology Package.
Powered by either a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter or a 167-horsepower 2.5-liter dual-overhead-cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine, the MAZDA3 offers standard and optional equipment simply not found on other cars in its class. Available features include self-leveling Bi-Xenon headlights, Adaptive (steerable) Front-lighting System, Advanced Keyless Entry with push-button start, hands-free Bluetooth cell phone and audio player integration, and 10-speaker BOSE Centerpoint surround sound audio system.
Interactive lighting with welcome mode, variable heated front seats, power driver’s seat, dual automatic climate control and compact navigation are just some of the features also available.
In sync with consumers’ mindset-change toward affordable, efficient, yet high-quality automobiles, the 2011 MAZDA3 is a strong player in the sport compact sedan segment and an undeniable leader in the Mazda lineup.
The MAZDA3 is Mazda’s most gratifying success story. The first generation car earned 90 major awards from car critics and enthusiast magazine editors. America’s leading consumer publication listed the MAZDA3 as one of the best vehicles costing less than $25,000. Reader surveys gave this car top scores for reliability and low operating expense, two additional reasons why it earned a “RECOMMENDED” rating. Additionally, the Automotive Lease Guide named the MAZDA3 the Best Mid-Compact Car for value retention.
Mazda’s MZR engine family is widely regarded as one of the world’s most advanced forms of fuel-efficient, high-energy propulsion. As before, there are two distinct MZR four-cylinder engines available in the MAZDA3, both of which offer outstanding performance and efficiency.