It used to be that buying a compact car meant sacrificing a lot in order to get into some reliable transportation. That’s no longer the case in this class, and the 2016 Mazda3 is a clear example of the intense competition spicing things up in the compact class market. According to Mazda earlier last week ( May 31,2016,) Mazda financing is offering a killer zero percent APR deal for up to 60 months on the 2016 Mazda3 sedan. With stiff competition from the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, newly redesigned Honda Civic, and bargain king Hyundai Elantra, Mazda’s sportiness and build-quality trumps competition handily.
The 2016 Mazda 3 starts out at a bargain $17,845 for the i SPORT trim. Fortunately, this deal covers most trim levels for the Mazda 3 (except the base SV trim.) Most importantly, any s level Mazda 3’s with the hotter 2.5L SKYACTIV-G offering 184 HP and 185 lb-ft are included. Head on over to Lithia Mazda in Fresno and as of this writing, their lot is full of Mazda 3’s (71 to be exact.)
Currently, there are a handful of 2016 Mazda3 i Sport trim level sedans available off the lot for $18,918. Tack on the killer financing offer from Mazda, a sizeable $3,000 downpayment, and keeping in mind Fresno’s sales tax of 8.225 percent and you’re looking at a monthly payment of less than $300 (291.23 in this case.)
And thanks to shopping tools like the KBB five-year cost of ownership tool, we can see that the 2016 Mazda3 is par for the course keeping in mind fuel, insurance, state fees, overall maintenance, repairs, and depreciation.
Although the 2016 Honda Civic on paper is cheaper over five years, its all new platform has had a few birthing hiccups in its first few months including a recall on its base model 2.0 liter engine, airbag recall thanks to Takata, and a few complaints interior-wise with all the new technology stuffed inside.
So if you’re looking for a sporty compact sedan that can handle the daily duties of life along with providing you with a bit of driving enjoyment along the way, look no further than this 2016 Mazda3. And as always, if you’re in the Fresno area, head on over to Lithia Mazda of Fresno at 5200 N. Blackstone Ave.