| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 155 hp
Torque: 150 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.5 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 184 hp
Torque: 185 ft-lbs
6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
Although a carryover year, the 2015 Mazda3 lineup receives a fair amount of added features, focusing on bringing more technology to entry-level models and fun-specific choices to upper level ones. Offered in SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims, each level is preceded by an i or an s, which signifies engine size. Except for the sedan-only i SV, all 2015 Mazda3 models can be paired wîth any combination of engine, transmission and body style. Trim-specific features and options remain the same regardless of body configuration.
Hardly a base model, the 2015 Mazda3 i SV offers a multitude of standard features usually reserved for 'premium' offerings by its competitors, such as push-button start, automatic power doors, a remote keyless entry system, daytime running lights and ÚSB/auxiliary jack connection ports.
Other standard i SV amenities are a matte-finish front grille, 16-inch full-cover steel wheels, body- color door handles and bumpers, dual-power folding outside mirrors, power windows wîth driver-side one-touch up/down feature, a tilt-and-telescopic adjustable §teering column, air conditioning wîth pollen filter, trim-specific cloth sport seats, a fold-down rear seat, a four-speaker AM/FM audio system.
Moving up to the i Sport model, MAZDA CONNECT is a 2015 standard addition and joins illuminated §teering wheel controls, a 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity, a six-speaker sound system, cruise control, a trip computer, map lights, body-color side mirrors and a tachometer.
A rearview camera, halogen fog lights and MAZDA CONNECT are 2015 updates for i Touring vehicles, which already features Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), 16- inch aluminum alloy wheels, heated body-color folding outside mirrors wîth turn signal indicators, bright beltline trim, a rear seat folding armrest wîth cup holders, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, trim-specific sport cloth seats as well as a leather-wrapped brake handle, shift knob and three-spoke §teering wheel wîth contrast stitching as standard. A body-color rear deck lip spoiler also is standard on i Touring four-doors while a rear roof spoiler is fitted onto all five-door models.
An i Touring Technology Package is available and adds dual-zone automatic climate control, an overhead console wîth sunglasses holder, illuminated vanity mirrors, a shark fin antenna, a Bose® Centerpoint® 2 nine-speaker Surround Sound System wîth AudioPilot® 2 and SiriusXM Satellite Radio wîth a four-month complimentary subscription. A power moonroof also is now part of the package for 2015.
The i Grand Touring receives all the features of an i Touring and Technology Package combination as standard equipment as well as a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat wîth manual lumbar adjustment, variable heated front seats along wîth leatherette seats and door panel inserts, and navigation system. There are no additional package options available for the i Grand Touring model.
For those opting for the larger output SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter for their Mazda3, only Touring and Grand Touring trims are available. This is due to the substantial amount of standard features afforded to the more powerful and more upscale of the Mazda3 configurations. And, for the 2015 model, the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual can join the premium party.
The 2015 Mazda3 s Touring sits on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels and its standard amenities list includes a piano black-finish front grille, an Active Driving Display, §teering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (AT-only of course), a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat wîth manual lumber adjustments, leatherette seats and door panel inserts, variable heated front seats as well as all the options available on the i Touring Technology Package. The 2015 model year also adds a power moonroof wîth a one-touch open function as standard equipment. The s Touring model itself is not available wîth any additional package options.
A Sport mode button also is standard (AT-only of course) and offers a more direct response in terms of accelerator feel and a heightened sense of linearity. All Mazda3 vehicles equipped wîth a SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission feature a manual shift option but the Sport mode feature on 2.5L models adjusts the shift mapping – and to a lesser extent the throttle response – to better match more engaging driving conditions, such as winding roads. The transmission will hold gears longer and not upshift or downshift as often while one is manually shifting during turns.
The s Grand Touring adds to the standard features of the s Touring model wîth auto on/off headlights, bi-xenon headlights wîth auto leveling, a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), LED combination taillights, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto- dimming rearview mirror wîth a new-for-2015 Homelink® integration, perforated leather-trimmed seats. The optional Technology Package for the s Grand Touring includes the i-ELOOP regenerative engine braking system, active grille shutters, High Beam Control (HBC), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) and Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), a pre-crash avoidance safety feature.
All 2015 Mazda3 trims are available in eight colors: Blue Reflex, Deep Crystal Blue, Jet Black, Liquid Silver, Meteor Gray, Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red and Titanium Flash. Both Snowflake White Pearl and Soul Red are premium-priced paint finishes wîth the latter involved a three-coast paint process to create its vivid and deep color.
For interior decorating, cloth seats are available in Black or Sand while genuine leather seats are available in Black or Almond. Although this allows for a staggering number of color combinations, Liquid Silver cannot be matched wîth a Sand or Almond seat materials. Leatherette seats (i Grand Touring, s Touring models) are only available in Black.Segment-Leading Safety