I was not compensated for writing this post. Drive STI let me test drive a 2015 Mazda3 S Grand Touring to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.
I didn’t realize the Mazda3 was the brand’s bestselling vehicle but after test driving it, I understand why.
It’s pretty darn cool.
If I had to pick, say, three things that I love most about the 2015 Mazda3 S Grand Touring, I’d have to say how the car handles, the style of the car, and the features.
The car handles like a dream. The ride is so smooth and you feel so…in control. It drives tight, if that makes sense. I felt like I could stop on a dime and corner on rails, if I needed to, which I didn’t. But I will say, I wanted to in this car. Every time I got behind the wheel of the Mazda3, I wanted to open that bad boy up like I was Mario Andretti or something. (I didn’t, though…but I wanted to.)
The 2015 Mazda3 S Grand Touring is quick. It’s very responsive, and it’s got just the right amount of power. My current car is so not cool. It leaves me wanting more (desperately more) when it comes to power…but that doesn’t mean I want to hop behind the wheel of a car with so much power that I feel overwhelmed. I know my limitations. The Mazda3 is the perfect balance.
I think that has something to do with the Mazda3’s SkyActiv technology, which results in greater fuel efficiency and torque. This car has 184 horsepower, which might make someone go, “Oh, that’s not a lot…there are cars with more horsepower than that.” To which I would say, “Sure there are. But this is a smaller, sportier car, not a monstrous, overwhelming muscle car. Just back off. This is my review.”
The bottom line is, 184 horsepower is perfect for this car. Trust me. It’s quick and it’s strong.
Wait a minute. I don’t even know what horsepower is. I know that I want my car to have horsepower, and I know it means…strength and power. So it turns out that one horsepower is 33,000 foot-pounds per minute. I don’t know what that means, either.
It turns out that’s the equivalent of a horse raising 330 pounds of coal 100 feet in a minute, or 1,000 pounds 33 feet in one minute, or 33 pounds of coal 1,000 feet in one minute. (The equation is in terms of coal because the engineer who coined the term (and concept) “horsepower” was working with ponies who were lifting coal at a coal mine.)
So the Mazda3 has 184 horsepower. That means it’s got some giddy up. That shouldn’t be surprising. I mean, doesn’t this car look sporty to you?
Of course it does. And looks are not deceiving when it comes to the 2015 Mazda3 S Grand Touring. It’s exactly what it looks like — sleek, smooth, sporty.
Then there’s the style of the 2015 Mazda3, which is stunning. It is one of the nicest looking cars I’ve seen in a long, long time. Those lines! Those curves! Rawr! Add to that 18-inch alloy wheels and, wow. You’ve got a beauty on your hands.
When I got in this car, I could swear I heard an “ooh” and an “ahh.” That was me, because, holy moly, was I impressed by the looks of this car (inside and out). In fact, I felt so confident that I zipped over to see some friends just so I could show the car off. When they checked it out (I didn’t get out of the car because I liked being behind the wheel way too much already), I couldn’t help but feel cool.
The Mazda3 made me feel…cool.
Then there are the features, which are super cool.
That’s the Active Driving Display. Don’t worry, I didn’t know what that was, either. While you’re driving, your speed is actually displayed on this. So cool. Of course, I couldn’t take a picture of the display showing an actual speed, because that would mean I was driving and, well, that would be very uncool.
I love the many features of the 2015 Mazda3 S Grand Touring. Heated seats? You bet. Dual-zone auto climate controls? Yep. There’s even a CD player there. Nice. But we’re not even close to being done…
That’s the 7-inch Touch-Screen Display. And as far as music in the Mazda3? Puh-lease. There’s the radio, sure. But there’s also SiriusXM satellite. And aha, Pandora, and Stitcher. There’s also a rearview camera, and the Mazda Navigation System.
You can manage a lot of the features right from the control near the gearshift. Let me tell you, once you start using this control center, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.
You can take advantage of the Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone and Audio, as well as the SMS Text Message Delivery and Reply system. Very cool!
There’s also Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, both features that I love. How about a Tire Pressure Monitoring System? Check. The Mazda3 also has Hill Launch Assist, which has quickly become one of my favorite new features.
Having a USB port in your car is, simply put, amazingly convenient. Having two? Wow.
With all these amazing perks, the 2015 Mazda3 S Grand Touring is also quite comfortable. The seats are like butter and so supple. I don’t know how, but the driver’s seat fit me like a glove. When I climbed into the Mazda3, it was like I was enveloped. That’s what you’re looking for…a car that fits you. Like a glove. I had plenty of leg room, which is always a plus.
Last but definitely not least, the 2015 Mazda3 S Grand Touring has a load of trunk space, which you wouldn’t expect in a sporty car like this. But, hey, the Mazda3 has been full of surprises, so this is no different.
The 2015 Mazda3 gets up to 40 mpg on the highway. If you care about the kind of mileage you get, you know that 40 is a lot. A whole lot.
You also get a 60-Month/60,000-Mile Powertrain Warranty and a 36-Month/36,000-Mile Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty. Of course, the Mazda3 also has 24-Hour Roadside Assistance and the Anti-Theft Engine Mobilizer.
Considering the 2015 Mazda3 S Grand Touring starts at $16,945, I’d say that’s pretty darn cool.