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2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv
  • 2dr HB Auto
  • 4dr HB Auto
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg
DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • HF Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • Si Manual Sedan
  • Si Manual Sedan with Summer Tires
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires and Navigation
  • Natural Gas Automatic Sedan
  • Natural Gas Automatic Sedan with Navigation
4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 5dr HB Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man Mazdaspeed3 Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring

Prices

MSRP $17,995 $15,955 $15,200
Invoice $17,275 $14,846 $14,771
Avg. Paid $12,221 $12,180 $11,244

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 8.5 8.5
Critics' Rating 9.1 8.8 9.2
Performance 8.4 8.2 8.9
Interior 8.7 7.8 7.6
Operating Cost 8.1 8.4 8.1
Safety 9.7 9.7 9.2
Reliability 2.5 4.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Refined ride
  • High-quality interior
  • Great fuel economy with diesel engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent reliability score
  • Precise steering
  • Peppy available engine
  • Athletic handling
  • Great fuel economy with Skyactiv engine
Cons
  • Lackluster fuel economy with base engine
  • Few standard features
  • Cramped back seat
  • Confusing navigation system

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I5 2.5L/151 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 23 City / 33 Hwy 28 City / 36 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door HB Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.5 105.1 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 165.4 177.3 180.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 69.0 69.1
Height, Overall (in) 58.3 56.5 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2968 2608 2866

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93 94.6 94.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 39.0 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 42.0 42.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 56.6 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 50.5 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.1 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 36.2 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 53.3 54.0
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 51.4 52.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.5 11.8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.5L/151 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 5700 140 @ 6500 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 177 @ 4250 128 @ 4300 135 @ 4500
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 35.7 34.8 34.2

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 36 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard