2016 Mazda3 Adds Standard Backup Camera, Base SV Trim Discontinued

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One of our favorite compact cars, the Mazda3, gets some equipment and trim-level reshuffling for 2016. The base SV trim level for the sedan is gone, the Sport model gains a backup camera, and there are two newly available option packages for the Sport and Touring trims. The 2016 Mazda3 lineup now starts with the i Sport trim, which gains a standard backup camera and drops $600 in price, to a cost of $18,665 for the manual sedan and $19,365 for the manual hatchback (adding an automatic transmission costs $1,050 extra). The sedan previously offered a base SV trim level with less equipment for $17,765 with destination, but that model is no longer available. The i Sport model also now offers a $1,000 Preferred Equipment package that adds alloy wheels, chrome trim, premium cloth upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlights. The mid-level i Touring trim doesn’t change for 2016 other than a slight price hike of $450 for the sedan and $650 for the hatchback, but does now offer a $1,100 Popular Equipment package. This bundles together an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a Bose audio system with satellite radio capability.

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The 2016 Mazda3 also continues to offer a top-trim i Grand Touring model, and s Touring and s Grand Touring models with a larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine compared to the i model’s 2.0-liter engine. The only notable change for these higher-trim models for 2016 is that the larger 2.5-liter engine can now be paired with a six-speed manual only on Grand Touring models, while it was previously available on both the s Touring and the s Grand Touring. Otherwise, there aren’t any visual changes for the 2016 Mazda3, as this model will likely receive a mid-cycle refresh (and a new Mazdaspeed3 hot hatch variant) for the 2017 model year. Until then, the updated 2016 model goes on sale this month.

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