Mazda3 Makes AOL Autos’ List of Best Family Cars

We might be a little bit biased when it comes to the sheer awesomeness of our cars, but we aren’t the only ones excited about our lineup. Take it from AOL Autos, who calls the Mazda3 “arguably the best small car on the market right now”.

The Mazda3 has made AOL Auto’s list of Best Family Cars, and it’s easy to see why. Its impressive design, striking looks, and excellent driving dynamics make it a top-notch choice for any small family. The Mazda3 not only drives well and looks good doing it, but also boasts an interior adorned with modern technology and high-end materials that could rival luxury cars.2014 mazda3 Best Family Cars

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Because of the sedan’s high safety rating and an array of safety features, the Mazda3 is one of the safest small cars out there. The Mazda3 is a car you can feel really good about loading your family into – whether it’s a quick trip across town or a cross-country road trip.

The Mazda3 interior space is deceiving for a small car. As soon as you get inside you’ll find plenty of interior volume, comfortable seating for five, and a large cargo area made even more convenient with a hatchback.

Last, but not least, the Mazda3 achieves fantastic fuel economy with ratings of 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, making it an affordable car for getting your family where they need to be, near and far.

Stop by Parks Mazda today to test drive a Mazda3 and see what all the hype is about for yourself!

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Mazda 3 Adding Diesel Engine Option to Australian Lineup

Across the globe, the new third-generation Mazda 3 has been turning plenty of heads over the past year, its first year on the market. It’s a beautiful four-door sedan, with a long, wide body to give it a sleek shape and enough advanced engine technology to put it head and shoulders above the competition. And, at least on one continent, that engine technology is now getting even more enticing.

Mazda 3 Diesel OptionIn September, turbodiesel variants of the new Mazda 3 will start rolling into Australia, adding another efficient and powerful engine option to the model’s lineup. While both of the earlier Mazda 3 generations also featured a diesel option, this model will be the first to pair its diesel engine to an automatic transmission. The diesel will be specifically a 2.2L Skyactiv-D engine, the same one housed in both the CX-5 and 6, and of course you can choose to kick it with a manual transmission if you want.

In the USA, you can grab the Mazda 3 with either a 2.0L engine or a 2.5L engine, both of which are equipped with Skyactiv technology and churn out 155 and 184 horsepower respectively. That technology helps push the Mazda 3 lineup to more efficient heights, as the sleek sedan can get up to 41 mpg highway. So, while we might not have a diesel-driven Mazda 3 here at Parks Mazda yet, there’s still plenty of inventory to admire.

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New Mazda3 Brings Excitement to Compact Segment

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If you’re looking for a brand new car, but you’re living on a budget, you might be crestfallen, thinking there’s no fun cars out there at a price you can afford. Mazda begs to differ, though—they’ve introduced the 2014 Mazda3 just to prove you wrong. The new Mazda3 brings the excitement to the typically mundane compact segment, with a host of features and technology starting at only $19,000.

The Mazda3 flouts conventional compact car wisdom every way it possibly can—starting even with its exterior design. The Mazda3  borrows its grille from the upscale Mazda6, just part of a sporty exterior that proves that this compact aims to separate itself from the pack. Take one look at the new Mazda3 and one word will spring automatically to mind: sporty.

Fortunately, the Mazda 3 is more than an empty shell. It’s not just a sexy frame trying to masquerade as something greater than it is. It just really is that great. Don’t believe us yet? Check out the new 2.5L four-cylinder engine, complete with SkyActiv technology. That baby revs the Mazd 3 up to 185 horsepower while delivering awesome gas mileage: 28 mpg city and 38 highway. Or open the door and check out the swanky exterior, complete with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an easy-to-use infotainment system.

The 2014 Mazda 3 is available now, so come by Parks Mazda to check it out—in either sedan or hatchback form—at your earliest convenience.

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Redesigned Mazda3 Impresses in Crowded Compact Hatchback Segment

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The Mazda3 has always been a likable car, but now, redesigned for the 2014 model year, its vaulted far ahead of its competition to become simply the best compact car, hatchback or sedan, in the segment. Don’t just take it from us here at Parks Mazda, though—take it from the expert car reviewers over at Edmunds.com, who like the car so much that they at one point compare it to a Mercedes.

Edmunds describes the new Mazda3 as a vehicle that displays “impeccable balance” and features “sharper styling inside and out, improved ergonomics, and plenty of fun-to-drive personality.” The review site literally had nothing bad to say about the 2014 Mazda3, especially in its hatchback incarnation. Thus, sporting such a long list of positives, it’s no wonder that the Mazda 3 grabbed the top ranking in its segment.

While Edmunds favorite thing about the redesigned Mazda 3 is the interior—which is, no doubt, extremely comfortable and convenient—we’re just as enamored with the engine options that provide you ultimate driving comfort on the roads. The 3’s base-model engine is a 2.0L, 155 horsepower package, but you can kick it up a notch to a 2.5L, 184 horsepower option if you choose. The Mazda3 simply out-muscles, out-hustles, and out-bustles all its competition. Come by and check it out today!

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Mazda Drive for Good Event a Success

Mazda has announced that it is donating a total of $2,751,000 to select charities following its Mazda Drive for Good event which ran from November 25, 2013 through January 2, 2014. During the event, Mazda donated $100 to one of four national or 32 local charities for every vehicle purchased—with the choice of charity left to the customer.

Furthermore, Mazda donated an hour of charitable service for every test drive of a new Mazda vehicle taken during the event, adding up to a total of 56,435 hours. The four eligible national charities were the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and Mazda Foundation. The additional 32 local charities were selected based on dealer input in the local markets.

“Giving back to our communities is a part of who we are,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. “At the time of the year when these amazing charities most needed help, Drive for Good gave us a way to help.  And because real charity is more than just giving money, Drive for Good also allowed every Mazda associate to donate their time to help too.”

It’s now too late to participate in the event, but it’s never too late to buy a Mazda. Come to the Parks Mazda dealership for a test drive!

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Mazda Connect Blends Safety and Tech

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Mazda will present the next-generation Mazda Connect car connectivity system at the 2014 International Consumers Electronics Show taking place between January 7th and January 10th.

Mazda Connect, which was recently launched in the all-new Mazda3, is designed to bring the convenience and appeal of smartphones into the car without compromising any of the driver’s and passengers’ safety.

Combined with Mazda’s Human Machine Interface design philosophy, which minimizes the amount of time the driver’s eyes are off the road when interacting with the in-car display, the latest Mazda models are set to be some of the safest vehicles on the market before their actual crash-worthiness is even tested.

Mazda will also be showcasing a new application platform designed to enable more App developers to create and offer applications for safe use in Mazda vehicles.

No other company will offer the same level of safety, convenience, and entertainment. Come to Parks Mazda to be a part of the experience.

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