In Japan, outstanding craftsmen are referred to as “takumi.” The Samurai sword is an example of a takumi’s skills. A Samurai can tell whether a sword was built with precision just by holding it. Similarily, a driver can feel the quality of his/her vehicle just by sitting behind the wheel. The creation of the Mazda 3 is exceptional and its purpose is to do one thing, and that is to drive. It’s an underrated brand that is often under the shadow of the Toyota Camry or the Honda Accord. But, if you are not looking, the Mazda 3 will whip in and out of traffic.
Why Drive the Mazda 3 S-Sport?
The main reason why any consumer should drive the Mazda 3 is because of the acceleration. Right when you step on the gas, the Mazda 3 moves like a sports car should. It gets 22 in the city and up to 33 on the freeway. It’s been proven to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on one tank. It’s a vehicle that’s great on gas. The starting price on the Mazda 3 is $15,800 and can go up to $22,560 depending on the added value packages that you’ll be sure to include.
What’s Good in the Hood?
When building a car for performance and gas consumption, the engine underneath the hood is the most important factor that can make or break a vehicle. The Mazda 3 has a 2.5 liter DOHC (Dual Over-head camshaft) 4-cylinder 16-valve VVT 14 engine. It has 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode option. It has 167 horsepower with 168 lbs-ft of torque. This is cool because when you’re driving on the freeway and you’re in automatic mode, but sometimes it has a slow pick up to keep the momentum of power. Fortunately, you can switch modes and kick it into the shift mode and it will automatically adjust to the gear of the speed you are currently driving on. Its nice because you can feel the power of the engine going up the hills.
How’s the Interior?
There are three main things on the inside that is a must know. The first thing would be the controllers on the steering wheel. You’ve got Bluetooth controllers, AM/FM and satellite radio, CD/MP3 and volume controls. The Mazda 3 creates convenience on the inside for the driver so that they can control sound, navigation, and his/her phone all within the comfort of your steering wheel. The second point on the interior is the bump of the Bose surround sound which is definitely WhatItDo because that adds to the atmosphere of comfort within your vehicle. The third and final point is that the seats are very comfortable while driving. It has a nice hug to your body to wear you feel secure. It’s not a Recaro seat, but it sure feels like it at times. The Mazda 3 seats 5 adults comfortably and the spacing gives nice legroom whether you are sitting in the front or the back.
How’s the Exterior?
The Mazda 3 was aerodynamically designed so that when the wind hits the exterior, it slips through the air with less resistance which achieves less fuel consumption. To thoughtfully think of this, the Mazda 3 is winning because it’s engineered precisely to take you farther when driving. It comes laced with 17” inch alloy wheels with all-season tires and halogen headlights and fog lights to keep your driving nights lit on the massive freeways. It also has a nice sunroof to keep that natural sun shining throughout the interior so that you can feel the hot summer sun.
How’s the safety Features?
It comes fully equipped with six standard safety airbags throughout the vehicle including side impact airbags as well as side airbag curtains. In the front of the Mazda 3 are the halogen headlights which have the adaptive front-lighting system (AFS). The inside headlights move in the direction of your turn. Two other cool safety features are DSC and TCS. DSC is dynamic stability control which allows the vehicle to stay in control when the road conditions get rough due to rain or sharp turns. It stabilizes the control of the vehicle from not spinning or losing control. TCS is traction control system which smooths out and adjusts the traction to allow a more smooth, accelerated traction for your vehicle.
If you are in the market to purchase a car with swag under the hood or crazy bump with the Bose surround sound system, but you want a car that has “eyes” in the headlights to turn corners with you, then think Mazda 3. Once you buckle up and hit the open road and step on it, it’s all gas and no brakes from here on out and that’s WhatItDo!
Review by: Elizabeth Lavulo