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A Mazda press release said the starting price for the 2014 Mazda3 will be $16,945 and will make use of the automaker’s SKYACTIV suite of fuel-efficiency technologies including i-ELOOP to achieve the 41 MPG figure, which Mazda noted is “best-in-class.”
Mazda North American Operations President and CEO Jim O’Sullivan said, “The compact car segment is one that is competitively cutthroat, meaning there is little room for error when launching an all-new vehicle like the 2014 Mazda3, but our best-selling vehicle has only gotten better, winning over the industry critics that were recently offered a behind-the-wheel experience. Yet our most important judges remain the consumers and I am confident that our third-generation Mazda3 will not disappoint.”
If you want to hit that base price, you’ll have to settle for a Mazda3 i SV, which comes in sedan only. You’ll also have to be comfortable rowing your own gears, as that’s the price of the manual transmission-equipped i SV– a bonus for those of us who love the third pedal. To get a slushbox– which Mazda dubs the “SKYACTIV-Drive” transmission– you’ll need to cough up another $1,000.
The “base” model is hardly “base” as we once knew it, the release said. The Mazda3 did take a $245 price bump over the 2013 model, the new Mazda3 will feature standard equipment such as push-button start, automatic power door locks, remote keyless entry, daytime running lights, a USB connection port, dual power folding outside mirrors, power windows with driver-side one-touch down/up, a tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering column, air conditioning with a pollen filter, trim-specific cloth sport seats, a fold-down rear seat, a four-speaker AM/FM audio system and an auxiliary input jack.
Interesting to note, for all the internet’s raging hatchback fans: The Mazda3 actually gets better fuel economy in sedan form. The release broke it down this way:
Fuel economy for all five-door models featuring the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine is rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 29 city/40 highway/33 combined mpg with a manual transmission and 30 city/40 highway/33 combined mpg when equipped with an automatic. Sedan models are estimated to offer 29 city/41 highway mpg (6MT) and 30 city/41 highway mpg (6AT).