With the cost of fuel, I thought you would be interested to know that the annual fuel cost of owning a 2013 MAZDA3 runs around $1,600 saving you approximately $3,600. Now that I have your full attention, I want to brag about this 5 star safety rated car. I’ve had the pleasure of test driving and reviewing this car for a week and I’m sold on the gas mileage. I didn’t drive above the speed limit *cough* so I can’t estimate the gas mileage over the recommended speed limit but I can say that overall I got 35+ miles to the gallon around town. I didn’t take the car on a long trip like I normally do when I review a car but regardless I was pleased with the outcome of my short trips, of at least a 40 mile stretch each time.
One of the features I want to point out is the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed. I drove the car in manual and automatic. I don’t have a preference as to which I liked better. I feel that the ride was smooth in both, maybe a little more so in automatic. I’m a Georgia girl and I grew up driving a car/truck/boat among other things which is why I don’t have a preference in manual or automatic. I can basically drive anything from a tractor to a 4-wheeler and feel equally at ease in whatever I’m driving.
This car has the touch screen features you would expect in a new car. I mainly just used the HD radio feature with the surround sound but I could have used the SMS text message delivery and reply and the Bluetooth hands free phone, or several other features I felt were a plus to come with the car. I can’t help but mention the keyless entry. I can start it with the push of the button and being able to lock the doors and unlock the doors without the key in hand is always desirable when I’m out shopping. I’ve spent countless hours in my lifetime searching for keys. As long as the key is in my pocket or handbag I don’t have to dig for it with keyless entry vehicles.
The Interior of the car is beautiful. I don’t think I would change a thing. The drivers seat has 8 way powered seating customization. The headrest really made driving even more comfortable. The seats were both heated in the front and had dual auto climate controls. This really came in handy on one trip to the shopping center. My sister rode with me and she has hot flashes when I’m freezing. She was able to adjust her climate to her liking and me to mine.
The Exterior of the car is sharp looking. Sharp meaning very attractive. I’m in the older “mature” range but even my young adult daughters stated the car was something they would love to own. Every detail is well thought out and the car basically had more than a few heads turning when I was out driving it. Dare I say it’s sleek and sheek (my new word for the car)?
I’ve only touched on a few features to spark your interest but there are a lot more that I’d love for you to hop on over and read about. MSRP $23,650 with optional equipment $26,420.
If you purchased or plan to purchase a 2013 MAZDA3, what would you do with the money you’d save on gas?