The 2013 Mazda Mazda3 remains a demonstration of the company's 'Zoom-Zoom' philosophy, although the slogan is now largely gone from its ads.
The latest model of its practical, affordable Mazda3 compact sedan or hatchback manages to pack more eagerness, and a little sports-car verve, into its entry in an often mundane segment. And thanks to the SkyActiv powertrains introduced last year, the Mazda3 doesn't disappoint at the gas pump, either--with numbers that range up to 40 mpg.
Those new Sky-G engine and transmissions improve existing gasoline technology rather than throwing electric motors or diesel at the problem, and the result is pretty respectable mileage figures.
It develops 155 hp and is refined and responsive when paired to either an a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The 2.0-liter gasoline engine can hit 40 mpg on the highway, while returning 33 mpg combined. City mileage stacks up at 28 mpg. That's with the six-speed automatic transmission--the...
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