Is a Mazda3 a Good First Car?

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When we think of someone buying a car, especially a first car for new drivers, we usually think of someone like a college graduate or a teenager who's just got their license, and most of the time it inevitably means a pre-owned model. But regardless of whether a first car is going to be pre-owned or brand new, it still needs to be the right car. Let's face it, not too many people are going to be getting a muscle car with a big V-8 under the hood or a full-size ladder-frame SUV when buying a new first car, are they? Small cars are a great starting point as they're usually affordable to buy, and cheap to insure and run. And although it's a cliché to assume a Japanese car is going to be reliable and unlikely to let a new driver down, it's only a cliché because it's usually true. So, a good first car to buy is a Mazda3, so let's take a look at it in more detail to see why.


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Style

Some people just want a new car to free them from having to beg for rides from other people, and to that end they don’t really care too much about what car they're driving looks like as long as it gets the job done. But if we're being honest, the majority of people really do care about what they’re driving and how it looks, and that's a real strong point for the Mazda3. The little Mazda has always been a decent-looking car, but let's stick with the current model here. Although the Mazda3 is a fairly simple and uncomplicated design, it's also executed perfectly to the point where it has to be considered one of the most attractive cars in its class. There's nothing polarizing or "out there" about the way it looks. If price is an issue, which it probably is, you'll probably be leaning towards the more affordable sedan version. But if you can run to the additional cost, the Mazda3 Sport compact hatch really is a looker.


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Performance

Just as an ugly or decidedly uncool car is going to kill your credibility as a new driver, so is a car that struggles to reach a decent speed in a reasonable amount of time. Although the Mazda3 is no rocket ship, the power on offer is more than adequate for a first car and the way it drives and handles makes life easy for someone who's not a particularly experienced driver. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 155 horsepower, although more power is available if you want with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 184 horsepower.


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Costs

Fuel economy is likely to be a big consideration with a first car, and a Mazda3 with a manual transmission returns 8.5 L/100 km in the city and 6.2 L/100 km on the highway. Go for an automatic and those numbers change to 8.4 L/100 km in the city and 6.4 L/100 km on the highway. And as far as cost to buy is concerned, a new Mazda3 in sedan form costs from as little as $15,900, while a Mazda3 Sport hatch costs from $19,800.

The 2018 Mazda3 is available right now, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Yarmouth Mazda for more details on why it's such a great first car and to arrange a test drive to find out for yourself.


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