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From sporty wheels to its sleek clear-lens taillights, Mazda3 masterfully blends function with design. I have been a fan of Mazda’s since I first drove the 2012 Mazda3 5-door. Something about the affordability, fuel efficiency and safety makes it so appealing. I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of the 2013 Mazda3 and see what changes were made on one of my favorite compact vehicles.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the center console completely redesigned. Inside the 2013 Mazda3 you will find a larger TomTom navigation system. This fully integrated in-dash system is standard on Grand Touring models and uses intuitive voice recognition so you can keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

One of my favorite features of the TomTom navigation system is the details on the map. The navigation screen shows you when you are approaching a gas station, something I find to be extremely beneficial. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have missed an exit simply because I couldn’t merge over in time. With the TomTom navigation system I never had that problem as I could see the gas station icons on the screen a few exits before. However I will admit, not once in the week of driving this Mazda3 did I have to stop at the gas station. This Mazda3 Grand Touring gets 28 city/40 hwy. Talk about a commuters dream car!

The 2013 Mazda3 also boasts a spacious interior. Everything from the passenger area to the trunk space exceeded my expectations. Leg room is a must for my family and with two kids in tow, both carseats fit perfect in the backseat without impacting the leg room up front. A huge plus for us.

Another brag-worthy mention is the trunk space, talk about impressive!

We easily stored our groceries in the trunk with more than enough room to add in a stroller if we needed. In fact, to give you another idea of how spacious the trunk space is. Here is a rep from Mazda showing off the amount of room:

Safety comes first and Mazda knows that. Keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel are so important and Mazda has made that easier than ever. With the available Bluetooth® hands-free system with voice command, making and receiving calls is as easy as pushing a button and saying hello. You can also stream music wirelessly using the convenient steering-wheel mounted controls, and the available SMS-to-audio feature can even read your incoming text messages through your vehicle’s audio system.

Another one of my favorite safety features has to be the Blind Spot Monitoring. The side-view mirrors have an icon that illuminates when a vehicle enters the detection area to let you know there’s a vehicle next to you and you can’t change lanes. On top of that, if the icon is illuminated and you turn your signal light on a chime sounds to alert you.

Other safety features include:

  • 4-wheel disc brakes with an ABS and Brake Assist
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution ensures maximum stopping power
  • Dynamic Stability Control*** and Traction Control System
  • Tire-Pressure Monitoring System
  • Crash Protection
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System

The 2013 Mazda3 starts at just $16,700 with five models to choose from. Visit www.mazdausa.com to learn more.

 

Big thanks to Mazda for providing me a car to review!  All opinions written are my own.