2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

The 2010 Mazda3 starts out at just $15,045 for the entry-level Mazda3 sedan and $20,030 for the 5-door 2.5-liter Mazda3 S Sport. Now we know why it's smiling.

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

2010 Mazda3 To Start At $15,045

The Mazda3 enters the compact market with pricing that's right in the meaty center of the pack, and can be optioned up with Bose sound, automatic transmissions, satellite radio and GPS among other goodies. No word on the pricing for the spicy Mazdaspeed3, so you speed freaks will just have to console yourself with the currently available details below.

MAZDA ANNOUNCES PRICING ON ALL-NEW 2010 MAZDA3

IRVINE, Calif., February 17, 2009 - In an economy where value-for-dollar is more important than ever, the all-new 2010 MAZDA3 proves that good things do come in small packages - and can be affordable too. Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced pricing for its much-anticipated sport compact. Starting at just $15,045, the entry-level 2010 MAZDA3, equipped with manual transmission, is priced just $355 more than the outgoing model.

The 2.0-liter MAZDA3 i Touring 4-door with automatic transmission, which is expected to remain the volume-leader model, will be priced at $18,350 and includes key features such as standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control (TCS) and Bluetooth® wireless mobile phone and audio capability and hands-free operation. And with fuel economy up to 25/33 mpg (city/highway) - a 10 percent improvement in highway fuel economy - the MAZDA3 i Touring costs less at the pump too.

Starting at just $19,540 for the 4-door and $20,030 for the 5-door, the 2.5-liter MAZDA3 s Sport with automatic transmission adds 17-inch alloy wheels and a Multi-Information Display (MID) with 4.1-inch monochromatic screen that conveys MP3 and i-Pod program information, trip data including fuel economy, plus various maintenance and alert messages. And, like all Mazdas, the new 2.5-liter engine has plenty of Zoom-Zoom - a must for an eco-conscious driving enthusiast. The 2.5-liter engine pushes out 167 horsepower and 168 lb.-ft. of torque - 13 more horsepower and 18 more lb.-ft. of torque than the 2.3-liter it replaces - yet maintains a competitive fuel economy of 22/29 (city/highway).

New packages for the 2010 model include a Technology package and the Moonroof/six CD changer/BOSE ® Audio package.

Available on both s models, the Technology package includes advanced keyless entry, push-button start, a compact full-color navigation system, Sirius satellite radio with six months of free service and a perimeter alarm - all for $1,195.

The Moonroof/six CD changer/ BOSE® Audio package is available on the MAZDA3 i Touring and both s models. In addition to a moonroof and six CD changer, the package adds BOSE® Centerpoint surround sound - a five-channel surround system engineered cooperatively with BOSE® that enhances the listening experience thanks to a digital amplifier, noise cancellation technology and 10, strategically placed, premium speakers. Priced at just $1,395, the Moonroof/six CD changer/ BOSE® Audio package is a must for audiophiles.

Offering more features, functionality, and power than a comparably equipped outgoing 2009 model, when it's all said and done, a fully loaded 2010 MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 4-door is $240 less.

[Source: Mazda]