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#9254 of 9328 Re: First info on 2013 Mazda3 models [woochifer]
Jun 25, 2012 (6:07 pm)
Bet the Veloster's suspension will need a little tuning though. But I can just imagine the Veloster Turbo engine hooked to the SkyActiv transmission and a Mazda Steering system...now THAT would be SWEET.
I'm single and have little need for a backseat except as additional cargo area, so that changes things up a bit. Not that the Mazda3 has wonderful rear seat room, but the Veloster is much more deficient in the area.
#9255 of 9328 Mazda was the best until they raised the prices
Jun 30, 2012 (7:04 pm)
I just turned in my Mazda3 and I was very pleased with it. Mazda has always played tricks with their pricing. Bate and switch almost. I have switched to an American car and I'm very pleased with the decision. Like so many foreign cars the Mazdas are overpriced and very basic. Mazda is one of the better choices as for quality but as I say the cost is outrageous when you ad on a few things. If you don't believe that look up the car dealers inventory and see how much they really cost and you will see they are way north of their price leaders. Then look at the well built American cars. I think we have more older American cars on the road today than foreign cars.
Right now a person does much better with a good new American car.
American cars were looked upon, in the past, as good quality and they seem to have returned to those days, so more power to them.
#9256 of 9328 Re: Mazda was the best until they raised the prices [jay137]
Jun 30, 2012 (7:18 pm)
Cruze, Focus, and Dart have raised the bar for American cars, but right now only the Focus hangs with the Mazda3 (the Dart might when the DCT is released and the R/T version arrives). The Snuze...err, I mean Cruze, competes with Corolla and Elantra. And the Focus has a tiny little 12 gallon gas tank.
Mazda's big problem is that they make all the Mazda3 models in Japan, and the exchange rate is too high to make production cost-efficient. Given the choice between raising prices and Honda/Toyota-style cost-cutting, I'll take the former. Note that the latter has NOT been well received by either consumers or the media. Toyota and Honda are big enough to absorb any after effects, but Mazda can ill-afford to take that kind of hit to their image right now. Heck, they're already cozying up with Fiat: the next Dodge Dart could be a SkyActiv.
#9257 of 9328 2013 Modifications
Sep 03, 2012 (9:54 am)
(Mods maybe we should remove the question mark?)
We know the 2013 Mazda3 will add SkyActiv to an additional i trim, leaving only thefleet queen bottom one with the 2.0L MZR. Here's a change summary from all the sources I've found.
* SkyActiv engine standard on i Sport trim
* A/C standard on i SV trim.
* USB port standard on i Touring and Grand Touring (maybe i Sport also? found conflicting info on this)
* Multi-info display now standard on all i models
* Auto climate control standard on i Touring and Grand TOuring
* Push button start/passive key standard on to i Touring and Grand Touring
* Blind spot monitoring standard i Grand Touring and s Grand Touring, optional on i Touring
* Tocuh screen navigation added as an option to i Grand Touring (maybe i Touring also, not sure).
* Rain sensing wipers standard s Grand Touring
* Bi-xenon headlights standard on s Grand Touring
* Alarm system standard on s Grand Touring
#9258 of 9328 Drivetrain
Sep 03, 2012 (6:15 pm)
Will there be any changes to the drivetrain?
#9259 of 9328 Re: Drivetrain [alex_o]
Sep 04, 2012 (4:42 am)
Other than adding the 2.0L SkyActiv to the i Sport, I don't think so. The 2.5L MZR is sticking around on the "s" models, don't know why they're leaving the 2.0L MZR on the 'i SV" model, maybe just to get rid of the last of the engines or something, i don't know.
I don't think they're making any changes to the SkyActiv powertrain, and they aren't putting the 2.2L diesel or the 2.5L SkyActiv yet. That might not happen until the redesign in a couple of years.
#9260 of 9328 Re: 2013 Modifications [bpizzuti]
Sep 06, 2012 (5:00 pm)
I think the changes that were made to the 2013 Mazda3 are pretty significant.
Once Mazda officially discloses what you get with the nav system, I think people will be impressed and see real value in it.
#9261 of 9328 Re: 2013 Modifications [aviboy97]
Sep 06, 2012 (5:02 pm)
I really want to see it, I'm thinking I"ll be grabbing a 2013. I want to see what they do with the center stack and the steering wheel with the nav changes though.
#9262 of 9328 Re: 2013 Modifications [bpizzuti]
Sep 06, 2012 (5:27 pm)
What I'd love to see is red with a tan interior on the i Touring hatch. I wonder if the palette will change any for 2013?
#9263 of 9328 Re: 2013 Modifications [backy]
Sep 06, 2012 (5:32 pm)
I heard that Velocity Red might be available on SkyActiv now. Don' t know about the interior but I HATE the way they implemented that beige. They would be better off with a grey, at least the two-tone would look better.