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Mazda3 i Sport 5-Door
Mazda3 i Sport 5-Door | Mazda

Mazda3 i Sport 5-Door

  • Price: $19,595
  • Fuel economy: 34 mpg

Sure, the 3 Sedan is $700 less than the 5-Door, but the hatchback is sportier looking. Even in its 5-Door configuration and with the $1,050 6-speed automatic transmission thrown into the mix, the 3 is still a good value.

Benefiting from Mazda's Skyactiv, fuel-efficiency technology, the Mazda3 delivers the best mileage among these picks. Its 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine generates 155 horsepower and delivers 41 mpg on the highway. Consumer Reports predicts its reliability at 43% above average, the 2nd highest of these picks behind Toyota Camry.

Beyond our convenience-features requirements, this Mazda3 has power-folding exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, push-button start, Mazda Connect integration and a 6-speaker audio system. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available as options.

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