Mazda3 cost of entry lowered with 2008 i Touring model

Click above for high-res gallery of the 2007 Mazda3

The Mazda3 has soldered on largely untouched since 2004, but the stylish econobox manages to win comparison tests against even its newest rivals. As a result, Mazda's top-selling vehicle worldwide has been a big-time favorite of tuners and enthusiasts. With a new i Touring Value model for 2008, even more buyers can now afford to experience Zoom-Zoom. For the very respectable price of $16,595, you get standard features like 17" alloy wheels, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and MP3 compatible CD player.

With a starting price under $14,000, the Mazda3 is one of the best small car values on the market, and the new Touring Value edition offers features that in the past were only offered with much pricier models. We find it amazing that even five years after its original introduction, the Mazda3 is still tough to beat. Unfortunately, pics of the 2008 model, specifically the i Touring Value and the updated interior across the entire Mazda3 line, have yet to be released, so the 2007 model is shown above and in the high-res gallery below.

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Mazda Announces Pricing on Updated MAZDA3; Adds New i Touring Value Model

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Offering European sophistication, exhilarating driving performance, advanced technology and best-in-class safety, the MAZDA3 is a leader in the compact sedan segment and continues to be Mazda's best-selling vehicle globally. Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced updated pricing for the popular vehicle, as well as a number of enhancements. Continuing to tell its value story, the MAZDA3 offers a starting suggested retail price of $13,895 for the i Sport M/T, and tops out at $21,145 for the s Grand Touring A/T model.

MAZDA3 buyers will get more bang for the buck in 2008 with the addition of the i Touring Value model, which replaces the i Touring Model and features standard Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), side-impact air bags, side air curtains, 17" alloy wheels, fog lights, color-keyed grille bar, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, MP3 compatible CD player and a piano-black decoration panel. The i Touring Value model has an MSRP of $16,595 for the five-speed M/T and $17,495 for the four-speed A/T.

In addition, all Grand Touring models produced in 2008 come with a standard six-way power driver's seat, and all MAZDA3 2.3-liter models and MAZDASPEED3 models receive an interior freshening. A factory-installed Sirius satellite radio with six month subscription is now included at no extra cost with the optional navigation system (Grand Touring Model).

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mazda North American Operations oversees the sales, marketing, parts, accessories and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario, Canada, and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

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