2014 Mazda3 to start at $15,995


Mazda Canada said its most important model will carry a suggested MSRP of $15,995 when it hits dealerships in October.

The Mazda3, the brand's best-selling and most recognizable nameplate worldwide with more than 3.5 million vehicles sold, has been refreshed for 2014 with the full complement of SKYACTIV Technology combined with the KODO Soul of Motion design language. The automaker also boasts it has packed a little more technology into the unit as well, with the addition of the capacitor-based i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

Fuel economy sits at 4.7 litres per 100 km on the highway.

“The compact car segment is one of the largest and most competitive segments in Canada, and shoppers in this segment are discerning consumers who want the best value for their money,” said Kory Koreeda, Mazda Canada president.

The Mazda3 was the first Mazda in Canada to feature SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, introducing the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre gasoline engine as well as SKYACTIV manual and automatic transmissions in 2012.

Scheduled for sale sometime in October, the 2014 version will be offered with two SKYACTIV engine choices in the 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre gasoline engines.

The standard engine on GX trim level becomes the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre, replacing the MZR 2.0-litre engine previously used in the Mazda3 GX. For GT models, the larger SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine is standard equipment and boasts 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm.