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The Best Cars for College Students 1/3 : The Mazda 3

The Best Cars for College Students 1/3 : The Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 at a Glance:


  • Vehicle type: Front-engine, AWD, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

  • Base price: $33,395

  • Engine type: Turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

  • Power: 250 hp@5000 rpm

  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic

  • C/D fuel economy: 25/mpg

  • EPA fuel economy: 23/mpg city, 32/mpg highway

  • Premium interior design

  • Sharp handling 

  • Available all-wheel drive

  • Game-changing acceleration 

  • Turbocharged engine

  • Mediocre legroom in the back seat

  • Minimal cargo capacity

  • No manual transmission available

  • Infotainment system can be difficult to use

  • Two-box model has poor rear visibility

  • 8.8-inch infotainment display 

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability not available in base model

  • 12-speaker Bose audio system and SiriusXM satellite available at extra cost

Safety features
  • Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection

  • Automatic high-beam headlights

  • Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist

  • Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology

  • Premium materials with choice of extra features, like heated front seats and leather upholstery

  • Supportive seats


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