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2016 Mazda3 Priced at $18,665

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/2/2015 Kelly Pleskot

The 2016 Mazda3 hits dealerships this month for $18,665. For the new model year, Mazda eliminated its bare-bones SV trim level, making the starting price $900 higher than last year.

The new base model is the "i Sport" sedan with a six-speed manual transmission, but opting for the six-speed automatic brings prices up by $1,050. Meanwhile, the five-door Mazda3 starts at $19,365 with the manual and $20,415 when paired with the automatic transmission.

Backup camera now joins a long list of standard features, including 60/40 split-folding rear seats, Mazda Connect infotainment, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, push button start, keyless entry, and more. Buyers looking for additional equipment from their i Sport model have some new options. A new Preferred Equipment Package, available for $1,000 on the sedan and hatchback models, adds heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, upgraded cloth-trimmed sport seats, rear-seat armrest with cupholders, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Stepping up to the Touring level, prices begin at $20,865 for the sedan and $21,565 for the hatch. This model brings many of the same features available on the i Sport model with the Preferred package, but adds a few extras. These goodies include a moonroof, leather-wrapped hand brake, contrast stitching on the steering wheel, and a rear spoiler on the sedan models. A Popular Equipment Package is now available on this trim level. For an extra $1,100, this option brings dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded sound system, SiriusXM, and more.

On the Touring model, buyers can opt for an upgraded 2.5-liter engine, which provides 184 hp compared to the base 2.0-liter unit with 155 hp. These models come standard with the automatic transmission and start at $25,615 for the sedan and $26,315 for the hatch.

At the top of the lineup is the Grand Touring model. The sedan commands $23,365 while the hatchback starts at $24,065, only when paired with the 2.0-liter engine. Upgrade to the 2.5-liter engine and you'll receive a few extras. Leather seats and adaptive headlights are exclusive to the 2.5-liter Grand Touring model, although both engine options bring along navigation and heated seats. Prices for these top models hit $27,315 for the hatch version. But costs can flirt with the $30,000-range once you tack on a $2,600 Technology Package, offering automatic brake support, radar cruise control, and lane departure warning.

Source: Mazda

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