Some Facts about the Mazda 3
- The first generation Mazda 3 was designed by a team that was lead by Moray Callum, and automobile designer who has worked on a variety of vehicles for Chrysler, Ford, and Mazda. Before Callum came in, most cars from Mazda looked quite bland and lacked the style that could attract younger buyers. With his help, Mazda was able to revitalize their vehicles giving them crisp interiors, edgy shapes, and a better overall look and feel.
- Ever notice that if you look at the Mazda 3 from the front that there's a vague resemblance to a smiley face with how the grill and lights are laid out? That's a design philosophy of Mazda called the five-point face that's made up of the grille and the boomerang shaped headlights.
- Some of the newer Mazda 3 models actually have a built-in onboard computer that can display actual fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, average speed, and the approximate range from the current fuel. Not a lot of people are even aware of the feature since it's not enabled by default. To activate this feature, owners need to press a series of buttons that'll unlock the said display. A quick search on the internet for this little trick mentions that'll it'll work for the 2006 Mazda 3 and later models.
- Want to try driving a Mazda 3 for free? It's actually one of the few sedans that can be driven in video games such as Need For Speed. Of course, it won't really be the same as to driving the real thing but you'll be able to mix and match color schemes on the Mazda 3 in here as well. It can be a great way of seeing how you could customize the Mazda 3's looks before actually heading to an auto detailing shop.
- The Mazda 3, along with the Mazda 6, was responsible for reinvigorating slumping sales for Mazda. The Mazda 3 was part of the company's steps of manufacturing high-quality vehicles with desirable styling and superior driving dynamics. This led the way to the company developing other higher-end sports cars such as the Mazda RX-8.
- It hasn't won any major race in motorsports yet, but the Mazda 3 has been featured in a couple racing series already. It was introduced in the Speed World Challenge in 2009, entered the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Street Tuner class in 2010, and was raced in the South African Production Car Championship from 2007 to 2010.