2016 Mazda 3 gets lower starting price*, more stuff

2015 Mazda3

Backup camera, radar cruise now offered

Mazda’s 3 sedan and hatchback will be getting more standard features for 2016, while also dropping the price by $600. Well, the new $18,665 starting price on the Mazda3 is a bit of a trick; by deleting the old base model and making the i Sport the new standard, the company technically dropped the price $600, though it will still cost you more than last year.

Engine/transmission choices continue in 2016 with SkyActiv-G engines; 155 hp, 2.0-liter I4 in i models and 184 hp, 2.5 liter I4 on s models. Both engines will be available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

2015 Mazda3

The i Sport gets more standard features, most notably a backup camera, as well as things like radar cruise control, HID headlights and a few other bits. The Preferred Equipment package is also available on the i Sport, which includes 16-inch alloy wheels, bright beltline trim, heated body-color dual-power door mirrors with integrated turn signal lamps, premium cloth-trimmed sport seats, a rear-seat armrest with cupholders, auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

The Touring trim will now be offered with Popular Equipment package, which adds an auto-dimming interior mirror, dual-zone climate control system, premium sound and a shark fin antenna.

The Mazda 3 Grand Touring with a six-speed automatic transmission will top the lineup, and set you back $26,495.

The 2016 models will be hitting dealership lots sometime this month.

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