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Redesigned 2014 Mazda3 Expected to Lead Compact Class in Fuel Economy

Last updated Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:00 ET

Auto Brand Predicts Its Best-Seller Will Net 41 MPG on the Highway

Raynham, 07/31/2013 / SubmitMyPR /

For the 2012 model year, the Mazda3 became the first vehicle to incorporate Mazda's SKYACTIV technologies when it received a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine and SKYACTIV manual and automatic transmissions. Now, for the 2014 model year, it will join the new 2014 Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 by donning the entire suite of fuel-saving features, adding a lightweight SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis. Mazda says those changes will help its best-selling vehicle return up to 41 mpg on the highway when the new generation arrives this September, topping the highly competitive compact segment.

Sedan models of the 2014 Mazda3 would achieve their best-in-class fuel economy with the carry-over 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine and the choice of a standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission or a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic. For buyers who want more responsiveness without sacrificing fuel efficiency, a new 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine will also be available, generating 184 horsepower while still netting a manufacturer-estimated 40 mpg on the highway in sedan models.

"Nearly every piece of equipment in the new Mazda3 has been designed to create a nimbler and more fuel-efficient ride, including not only the suite of SKYACTIV technologies but also a newly available i-ELOOP regenerative-braking system," said Barry Chew, sales manager of Mastria Mazda, a Greater Boston Mazda dealer. "The best part is that even with the reduced fuel consumption, the Mazda3's exterior is more striking than ever with its bold KODO styling on both sedan and five-door models."

Sporting a five-point grille and swept-back headlights similar to those found on the new Mazda6 and CX-5, the 2014 Mazda3 conveys a sense of motion even when standing still, with flowing design lines running the length of the vehicle. An extended wheelbase and dramatically flared fenders contribute to the car's more aggressive look, creating a wider stance that hints at the model's superior driving dynamics.

Inside, owners of the 2014 Mazda3 will benefit from intuitive technologies, including an optional next-generation human-machine interface (HMI) system that strategically positions its seven-inch touchscreen and multi-function commander control to minimize driving distractions. Should drivers lose their focus, the available i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety technologies features milliwave radars and cameras to offer a Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Obstruction Warning, Smart City Brake Support and Mazda Radar Cruise Control to help them get back on track.

"The advanced technologies in the 2014 Mazda3 make it easy for a driver to stay connected and in control, and they make the car just as modern as its sleek sheet metal implies," added Chew. "The new model checks off all the boxes that buyers are looking for in a compact car, whether it is more miles per gallon or a more engaging driving experience."

About Mastria Mazda:
As the Mastria Auto Group's newest dealership in Raynham, Mass., Mastria Mazda has inherited the company's dedicated customer-first approach to vehicle sales and service. Local Mazda fans can find the automaker's entire fuel-efficient lineup at Mastria, with models ranging from the stylish Mazda3 to the versatile Mazda CX-5. Mastria Mazda not only matches Massachusetts motorists with their ideal Mazda model, but also offers an expert team of technicians to keep that vehicle running smoothly for years to come. Visit their dealership at 1545 New State Highway Route 44 in Raynham, call them at 888-415-0565 or visit them online at www.mastriamazda.com. They can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MastriaMazda.