June 12, 2014
-- The newest addition to the Mazda lineup has been praised across the country, even at Man Of The Hour.
Let's begin with the drive. The SKYACTIV-chassis, one of many SKYACTIV innovations, has improved the M3’s feel on the road in a balancing act that somehow manages to reduce the car’s weight (14% lighter than the previous model) and increase its agility, stability, and comfort at just about any speed. By gutting and then retooling the car’s suspension system and steering functions, Mazda engineers have followed the simple formula for a more fun, nimble, and athletic ride. Further, the M3 offers two different engines suited for two different temperaments:
the 2.0 L and the 2.5 L (both referred to as SKYACTIV-G gasoline engines). The 2.0 L engine offers 155 Horsepower and 150 LB-FT Torque, and the 2.5 L engine offers 184 Horsepower and 185 LB-FT Torque.
When I cozied into the M3’s driver seat, I felt as though I was sitting in the lobby of the Ritz. The car’s ergonomic design is born of an interior blueprint that saw the promise of comfort in every nook and every cranny. The engineers worked on the M3’s fit and Finish with surgical accuracy, even including acoustic-enhancing perforations in the leather-trimmed upholstery.
The car’s gadgets and gizmosare generally the standard fare—Bluetooth with Voice Command, Bose Surround Sound, social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Yelp) connectivity, available navigation, and the like. The MAZDA CONNECT system and features can be controlled by voice command, or at the Commander control center situated between the two front seats.
As the competition in the small car segment continues to evolve it is safe to say that the Mazda 3 is a fierce compeditor and is on top of it's game. For more information visit: http://www.manofthehourmag.com/apps/blog/show/42362964-th...