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Friday, June 28, 2013

Vehicle Review: 2013 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring

Hello car fans! I am back with another vehicle review for you! This time it is my first Mazda review! Let's learn more about the 2013 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring and take a look at what this SkyActiv technology is all about!
This is a good looking four door car!
The front is very aggressive and really screams that it is meant for speed! Mazda has a long racing tradition and takes their learning lessons and puts them into their street legal vehicles! After all their motto isn't, "Zoom, zoom!" for nothing!

The engine is a bit loud but provides all the power you need and more to get up to highway speeds or passing cars. The engine did not struggle at anytime during my review. It was meant to eat up Los Angeles traffic! It handled great in the curves and the brakes are solid!
Check out the cockpit with leather bucket seats, and a dashboard that looks like a fighter plane instead of a cars!
Sorry the photo didn't come as clear as I would have liked but I love the blind spot signal in the side mirrors. All vehicles should come standard with this great safety feature!
An incredible sound system by Bose came with my review car! The Bose speakers are crystal clear and powerful!
The dashboard is sleek and sports car like!
Sasaki Time mascot Lil Oishi is ready for a drive!
Even the center console screams speed! A minor complaint here. The Mazda 3 i Grand Touring came equipped with another favorite feature of mine, push to start but I don't like keeping my keys in my pocket and did not really have a great place to keep my keys.
The navigation system is by TomTom and is simple to use.
Lil Oishi is a little bigger than the Mazda key fob.
There are two cup holders in the center console.
I really loved the storage unit in the center console. I found this the best place to keep my keys or place my cell phone while I kept it charged.
Inside the center storage area is this set of plugs. I was able to sue my HTC One cable to plug into the USB/AUX plug. Such a great convenience!
You can run the cable outside of the central storage area to keep your phone out if you would like.
I love the luminated floor at night.
The rear seats are pretty comfortable for average sized adults. My friends that are fairly tall (close to 6 feet tall) did not have a lot of leg room in the back.
Quite a bit of room in the trunk!

Lots of room for luggage or groceries!
Lil Oishi loves Skyactiv. From stronger and lighter body structures to changes in ways the engine runs to increase efficiency and at the same time decrease emissions, Skyactive is more than just a marketing buzzword. It helps the Mazda 3 get an impressive 40 mpg on the highway and 33 overall. Great gas mileage in a fun to drive car! Zoom, zoom!

The total for the car I reviewed came in at $26,420! A great value for all that comes with the car!

2013 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring 4-Door

Base Price: $24,445

As-Tested Price: $26,420

Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 28/40/33 mpg

Options: Technology package including auto on/off bixenon headlights, adaptive front-lighting system, fog lights, LED rear combination lights, body-color heated power mirrors w/turn signal lamps, Sirius satellite radio w/4 month subscription, alarm system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear deck-lip spoiler ($1,500); mirror compass Homelink w/rain sensor ($275); interior lighting kit ($200)

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