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How the Mazda3 Became the Best Compact Car Available in Kelowna, BC

The 2021 Mazda3 is currently available at August Mazda in Kelowna, BC. Now approaching its 20th birthday, it is widely considered one of the best compact vehicles on the market. In 2020, it won Design of the Year at the World Car Awards. This was the latest in a long line of trophies for the class leader. 

Since it first hit the road in 2003, the Mazda3 has earned high marks for its efficient engines, sporty suspension systems, excellent safety features, and rare-for-its-class traits like AWD.

Here is a closer look at how the Mazda3 became BC's best compact. 
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The Mazda3 Hits the Road in Kelowna, BC
 
The Mazda3 came onto the market in 2003, and the first generation models relied on 4-cylinder engines. During these early years, the carmaker began perfecting the balance of efficiency and performance that would come to define this vehicle. Equipped with a 2.3L engine, the 2004 version of the compact went from 0-97 km/h in 7.4 seconds and reached a top speed of 180 km/h. It achieved these impressive-for-its-class figures while still getting 7.6 L/100 km on the highway. 
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The Mazda3 Brings Excellent Handling to Kelowa, BC

The second generation of the Mazda3 rolled out of the factory in 2008. The new models got appearance upgrades, but the biggest changes were to the drivetrain. By 2012, the automaker introduced the SkyActiv-G engines that brought down fuel usage while also increasing power. Car and Driver Magazine got 6.0 L/100 km during test drives. At the same time, the new design called for increased chassis rigidity and reinforcement suspension that vastly improved handling. 
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The Mazda3 Tops Its Class in Kelowna, BC
 
The third generation of the Mazda3 hit the road in 2014. Its 2.5L SkyActiv-G engine, paired with a five-speed manual transmission, had automotive journalists asking "why people buy anything else" in the compact class. The automaker also added unique driver assistance features, including the proprietary G-Vectoring Control Plus. This smart system (still standard on today's models) relies on sensors to assess many factors and adjust torque to aid steering on corners and curves. 
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The New Mazda3 Brings More Features to Kelowna, BC
 
The fourth (and current) generation of the Mazda3 adds even more features as well as offering design upgrades that make it appear like an entry-level luxury vehicle. The newest models have available all-wheel drive, which is almost unheard of in the compact class. Furthermore, high trim versions now come with an optional 2.5L turbocharged engine. These improvements were enough to earn the AJAC Canadian Car of the Year award in both 2020 and 2021. 
Test Drive a New Mazda3 in Kelowna, BC
 
The Mazda3 has stood the test of time. It continues to be one of the most capable, reliable, and adaptable compacts on the market in Kelowna, BC. 

If you would like to see the best new and used versions of the sedan or hatchback for yourself, contact August Mazda today. We can inform you about availability and help you schedule a test drive in your chosen Mazda3 model.

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