7) Mazda Mazda3
The Mazda3 or Mazdaspeed3 is a high-performance variant of the well-known compact car produced by Mazda in Japan since 2003, specifically for the US market.
The 2017 Mazda3 5-door is available in four variants, starting in the US from $19,095. The base version packs a 2.0 liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with VVT. It produces 155 hp and revs all the way up to 6800 rpm. The car’s front wheel drive and 6-speed manual transmission are familiar features.
Other technical specs include 4-wheel independent suspension, ABS with electronic brake force distribution, dynamic stability control, traction control, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). There is also a selection of aesthetic extras collectively marketed by Mazda as the ‘Appearance Package’.
The GT version of the 2017 Mazda3 packs a 2.5 liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine producing 184 hp. Mazda’s SKYACTIV vehicle dynamics with G-vectoring control subtly adjusts power delivery and shifts vehicle weight around the suspension for a smoother ride.