2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Features

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Mazda has built quite a reputation lately for offering high-end features in price ranges that typically don't see many luxury items. The 2011 Mazda3 carries on that tradition with a wide selection of standard and optional features spread across the trims that should appease almost any sport compact customer, though some options aren't available on all trims. Base Mazda3 SV and Sport models are close kin to the pricier Grand Touring models, though the difference comes in options: Some option packages offered on 2.5-liter versions aren't even found on the checklist.

But tech-savvy shoppers will be kept happy with Bluetooth standard on most models, along with steering-wheel audio and phone controls. A Bose Centerpoint audio system packaged with the moonroof came also with Sirius satellite radio, making this an ideal version for the commuter who needs to be entertained and productive. The options boosted the price from $18,350 (plus $570 destination) to $21,045. The available Bose Centerpoint system sounds excellent, too—just right and not too bass-heavy.

Even in its top Grand Touring trim, we think the 2011 Mazda3 is a strong value. The Mazda3 Grand Touring includes bi-xenon headlamps, adaptive front lighting, fog lamps, a bright-tipped dual exhaust, rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors, leather seats (heated in front), dual-zone climate control, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, and electronic stability control—all for about $23k. Add a new Tech Package, which includes items like rain-sensing wipers, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, and new rear LED combination taillamps, and you're still under $26k.

With great connectivity and entertainment features, along with some extras that aren't usually seen outside luxury brands, there's no reason to be disappointed with the feature set in the 2011 Mazda3.

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