Someone forgot to tell the people at Mazda that the 2015 Mazda3 was an economy car. Test drive one at Cutter Mazda Honolulu, serving Kailua, Hawaii Kai, and Kapolei, HI and see just how premium it feels.
The Honda Fit is certainly a good economy car, but the Mazda3 is punching above its weight when it comes to driving experience and interior look and feel.
The Mazda3, in all its trim levels, features a user interface and touch screen so good it ought to be studied by other car companies, including the Germans. There is a navigational knob on the center console, but it also features a touchscreen. The Honda system is much less intuitive, and it's only available on the higher trim levels of Fit. Android phone users are out of luck for now too, as Honda launched the newest Fit model with iPhone-only compatibility.
The Honda Fit is only available with one powertrain; a 1.5 liter four-cylinder making 130 horsepower. The base 2.0-liter I4 in the Mazda3 already has it beat by 25 horses (and 36 lb-ft. of torque). The 2.5-liter I4 in the sportier upper level Mazda3 S features 184 horsepower even more torque to put a pep in your step. You might expect to pay a substantial fuel-economy penalty for so much more power, but in EPA tests, the Mazda3 was just 1 mpg less efficient than the base Fit, and 2 mpg better than the higher optioned Fit models. Even Mazda3 models with the larger engine are rated just 1 mpg lower than a comparably equipped Fit. Select the i-ELOOP regenerative breaking option for the Mazda3 and this stylish hatchback beats the Fit's mileage, while beating it performance-wise as well.
Style is a subjective thing, but the Mazda3 has got a lot of it. The newly restyled 2015 Honda Fit certainly looks better than before, but it's still a tall, awkward box. The Mazda3 hatchback manages to look long, low, and wide, while actually being quite short and svelte. Much of that is due to its flowing lines and better proportions in its sheet metal. The Mazda3 is an economy car, but it still manages to look sporty and cool.
If it is easier to use, has more power, and is better looking, who wouldn't want a 2015 Mazda3? Cutter Mazda in Honolulu would love to show you just how exciting Mazda can make an economy car.View Inventory