Sometimes the hatchback gets a bad rap, likely due to the ugly American models of the 1970s. But the design has always been popular in Europe and is experiencing an American revival, thanks to stylish new entries such as the Mazda 3 hatchback. If you love the sleek design of a sporty sedan with the versatility of a wagon, you’ll love the Mazda 3.
Bold European Design
The Mazda 3’s exterior body styling features shapes and details reminiscent of a German luxury sedan. Its sculpted side panels, curved headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, and contoured profile lend it an elegance not found in its closest competitors in its class, such as the Volkswagen Golf, Kia Forte5, and the Hyundai Elantra.
Ranked Number One
The 2015 Mazda 3 is ranked number one in compact cars by Car and Driver, edging out the famously popular Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The Mazda3 hatchback, decked out in its Grand Touring edition, earned rave reviews for comfort and quiet cabin interior on long highway trips, with plenty of space to seat five adults comfortably. With over 20 cubic feet of cargo space, you’ll have plenty of room for luggage and equipment.
The Zoom-Zoom Factor
Mazda is famous for making cars that are just plain fun to drive, and the Mazda 3 hatchback is no exception. Unlike boxier wagons, sitting behind the wheel of the Mazda 3 feels like you’re behind the wheel of a high-end sports sedan. With precise, responsive handling, impressive acceleration, and “sport” mode programming in the automatic transmission, the Mazda 3 hatchback delivers a refined and substantial ride that blows its less impressive competitors out of the water. One reviewer raved that the only comparison in driving performance wasn’t with the VW Golf, a class competitor, but the 210-horsepower turbo-charged GTi.
Endless Features and Amenities
For a reasonable price, you can get a completely decked out, top-of-the-line Mazda 3 hatchback with heated leather seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, keyless entry and ignition, rearview camera, heads-up display, navigation system, Bose surround sound system, and the most intuitive infotainment center in its class with a large touch screen and alternate knob controls. With this list of luxury features, the interior of the Mazda 3 competes with luxury models such as the AcuraTLX.
Don’t forget the list of safety features that make this hatchback a best in class safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Mazda3 comes with collision avoidance technology, lane departure warning, Mazda’s “Smart Brake” support, and technology that automatically applies the brakes when an obstacle is detected in the vehicle’s path.