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2013 Mazda MAZDA3 S Grand Touring

2013 Mazda MAZDA3 Review

(0 Stars)  Mazda’s best seller is as good as ever.

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New For 2013
The Mazda 3 receives numerous small changes for 2013, including a redesigned automatic transmission shifter, and the Skyactiv engine becomes available on i Sport sedans. Blind-spot monitoring becomes standard on the Grand Touring trim level, and push-button start is now standard on the Touring and Grand Touring. The Mazdaspeed 3’s mirrors, spoiler, and rear diffuser are all painted black, and the car gains a USB port and gunmetal eighteen-inch wheels. The Bluetooth system can now read and take dictation of text messages.
Overview
Last year, Mazda updated the 3 by adding a thrifty Skyactiv 2.0-liter engine that can return as much as 40 mpg on the highway. The efficiency has been a hit with customers, who opt for the Skyactiv setup in more than three-quarters of all 3s sold. Even before that update, the Mazda 3 was fun to drive, well constructed, and practical. Only base i SV models come with a 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 148 hp and returns 33 mpg on the highway. The 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine offered on i Sport, i Touring, and i Grand Touring models is the best option for most drivers. Its 155 hp is plenty for normal driving, and highway fuel economy ranges from 38 to 40 mpg. There is an optional 2.5-liter engine with 167 hp, but its brisk acceleration is accompanied by poor fuel economy. The 3 can be well equipped with options befitting larger cars—rain-sensing wipers; swiveling, automatic bixenon headlights; a Bose ten-speaker sound system; navigation; and a blind-spot monitoring system. Both hatchbacks and sedans are roomy inside and stylish outside. Driving enthusiasts can opt for the hatchback-only Mazdaspeed 3, although the turbocharged car can be a bit rough-and-tumble for everyday driving. Offering four engines and two body styles might seem excessive, but having choices is rarely a bad thing for customers.

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2013 MAZDA3 S Grand Touring Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 22 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, 25 MPG combined and 398 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
15.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 167 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 168 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

'13 Mazda S Grand Touring Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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