2011 MAZDA3

The 2011 Mazda3 offers the versatility consumers need, with all the features they demand. 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 four-cylinder engine, the Mazda3 offers standard and optional equipment simply not found on other cars in its class.
Mazda3’s cockpit is configured to support the driver in a more dedicated manner than any sport-compact competitor. Two large instrument clusters are carefully positioned and clearly marked to deliver engine and road speed information. Key controls are located in the steering wheel spokes where they can be reached with minimum distraction.
The Mazda3 interior design detail is carefully conceived and executed with high quality in mind. Roof pillars and the beltline are designed to maximize outward visibility and the feeling of roomy openness.
All Mazda3 interiors feature a black instrument panel with pewter-painted accents and dark grey carpeting. All models feature a 60-40 split-folding rear seat as standard to stretch the utility of the cargo compartment.
By refining the strengths of the previous unibody, steering, brakes, and suspension systems — instead of starting over with radically different designs — Mazda engineers delivered major improvements in ride and handling performance while also reducing several pounds from the unibody and chassis weight.
Base model estimated mpg: 25/33
Estimated starting price: $15,800
Compiled by Motor Matters

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