Mazda3 gets higher base price, more standard features for 2016

Mazda3 gets higher base price, more standard features for 2016

Mazda has announced 2016-model-year pricing and configuration details for the four- and five-door Mazda3.

The company appears to have eliminated the base i SV trim that was available for 2015, bringing the entry price up by $900 to $18,665 (including $820 freight) for the i Sport package with a six-speed manual transmission. Opting for an automatic gearbox brings the price up to $19,715.

Despite the higher cost for the a base model, the 2016 i Sport package actually fetches $600 less than the same configuration for the previous model year. Standard equipment includes a backup camera, a 60/40 split rear seat and one-touch windows.

Buyers can choose a new Preferred Equipment Package, which boasts 16-inch alloy wheels, bright beltline trim, upgraded sport seats, fog lights, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, among other comfort and tech features.

Engines carry over from 2015, starting with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant that produces 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Higher trim levels step up to a 2.5-liter unit with 184 ponies and 185 lb-ft of twist.

The 2016 Mazda3 is scheduled to arrive in showrooms late this month.

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