The Different Types of the Mazda3
If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Australians love the Mazda3. In 2017, the Mazda3 was the 4th best-selling car in Australia and in 2018, the Japanese automaker is looking to take another step forward. They’re hoping to do that with the new changes to the Mazda3 fleet. While much is the same from recent years, some things have certainly changed.
As always, the 2018 Mazda3 is sporting, stylish, and fun to drive. On top of all that, it’s affordable to boot!
If you’re considering becoming the next Australian to head to your local dealer and pick out the perfect 2018 Mazda3 for you, you might be wondering what your options are. In fact, there are quite a few different types of Mazda3 models.
Before we break down the different types, let’s go over features that all Mazda3s share. Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is drivability. The Mazda3 is a true pleasure to drive. The power of the car is thanks to its SKYACTIV-G petrol engine that comes in either a 2.0 litre or 2.5 litre depending on what model you choose. The SKYACTIV technology also works to make the Mazda3 engine as fuel efficient as possible, so you can enjoy more power while burning less fuel. The transmission comes with both manual and automatic options, but rest assured, regardless of what you choose, you’re sure to have loads of fun.
The ride is smooth and stable thanks to low center of gravity and responsive chassis. If you’re looking for a car that can get you from point A to point B, but can also get your heart pumping while you take turns with speed, the Mazda3 could be the perfect new car for you.
As with previous year’s models, the 2018 Mazda3 has incorporated their signature KODO – Soul of Motion aesthetic. It’s got sleek lines and bold curves to create a smooth and aerodynamic look that’s just as fun as the drive itself.
Put all that together along with a 5-star safety rating from the Australian New Car Assessment Program, and you’ve got a very impressive package.
While all of the Mazda3 models are impressive, there are certainly varying degrees of luxury and price. Now that you’ve got an idea of what they all feature, let’s go over what sets them apart.
Mazda3 Neo Sport
Every year the entry-level Mazda3 has seemingly gotten better and better, and this year’s installment is no different. The Mazda3 Neo Sport starts at $21,490 and features 16-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth and USB. It features air conditioning, cloth trim, remote central locking, a keyless start, and rear parking sensors and reversing camera.
Beyond that, you’ll also get the full Mazda MZD connect entertainment system. After you connect your smart phone, you’ll be able bump along thanks to the six-speaker system.
Mazda3 Maxx Sport
Next up is the Maxx Sport, which starts at just $23,490. Along with all the standard accoutrements, it comes with dual-zone climate control, auto wipers and headlights, and an electronic park brake. Beyond that, it’s a simply a great car to drive thanks to its engine that boasts 114kW and 200Nm when it comes to torque and power.
It also features a leather steering wheel, a sat nave with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and a rotary-dial controlled system. Added safety features include stability and traction controls, forward and reversed AEB, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
The Touring is a great uptick in value and will get additions like high-quality leather interior, and a great drive.
The Touring also features a keyless entry and start – a step up from last year’s model that just featured a keyless start – and of course all 7.0-inch touchscreen and all the bells and whistles on the dash that come along with it.
We are now headed to the upper-echelon of 2018 Mazda3 options. The 2018 SP25 marks the entry-level model to get the 2.5-litre engine, with bigger wheels and quite a bit more power. That bigger engine features 138kW and 250Nm and comes in either a six-speed auto or manual.
It comes with all the nifty interior upgrades that the Mazda3 Touring offers, but has that extra bump in power to get your heart racing when you take those sharp turns or accelerate on the highway.
Another addition available on the SP25 are rain-sensing wipers that takes one more responsibility away from the driver and leaves it up to the car.
Mazda3 SP25 GT
Next up on the list is the SP25 GT. Prices start at $29,990 and considering its safety package and undeniable fun drive-style, this car is a great value to consider.
It comes with all the bells and whistles of previous models including a Premium Bose Audio six-speaker stereo with DAB, Bluetooth and USB compatibility, dual-zone climate control, auto wipers and headlights, adaptive LED headlights and even LED daytime running lights.
Mazda3 SP25 Astina
At the very top of the Mazda3 totem pole sits the SP25 Astina. It starts at $33,490 and features truly terrific looks, a great drive, and an excellent standard safety package.
The Astina also includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Adaptive LED Headlights, and a huge Sunroof to let the natural light come in.
Hatch or Sedan
The last choice you’ll be making regarding your new Mazda3 is whether or not you are going to go with the hatch or the sedan. Both styles offer different benefits, and both offer a whole lot of positives.
The sedan is slightly larger than the hatchback, with extra floor space and a larger boot. The hatch does offer the benefit of being able to fold rear seats, however, to create a much larger boot space. Because the hatch is a bit smaller, it may be more suited for inner-city driving. However, if you plan on brining your little ones along for most of your drives, the sedan might be the way to go.
What’s important is that no matter if you end up going with a hatch or sedan, or with the Astina or the more economical Neo Sport, there’s more enough to love about the newest Mazda3 fleet.