The New Mazda 3 M-Hybrid: The Human Factor

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Priced under $100k*, the all-new Mazda 3 gives much more for less

*For the 1.5 Classic (A) Sedan

It wasn’t tough to notice the difference stepping into the new Mazda 3 – With some thoughtful engineering, the front wheels have been moved forward, meaning the driver can extend his right leg comfortably and naturally before the journey begins. Now it might not be a huge deal for others, but my wonky knee certainly appreciated being in a relaxed state.

Of course this is not all the new Mazda 3 has to shout about, after all, tools are the extension of our limbs and Mazda is serious with its new giant tool (grow up!). The focus for this new machine is in the words of the Japanese company, human-centric.

As mechanical as it sounds, Mazda’s Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture does set the tone for the purported human-centric experience. It’s all to do with ‘using human characteristics as the overriding design directive for the seats, body and chassis as a whole”, but we’ll skip that and simply say it took longer to tire me on a long drive, and the usual backaches were really not too significant as well.

The seated body posture sets you up nicely to take control over the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) with Active Driving Display just below the line of sight on your windscreen while the meter cluster’s LCD screen displays a variety of essential driving information.

As your journey continues, the M-Hybrid part of the Mazda 3 presents itself in different ways. The new electric device  technology improves fuel economy and that’s a feat most people who’ve test-driven the car can respect. Regenerative Cooperative Braking also adds that bit more into your energy usage, pushing the vehicle into a healthy and supposed fuel consumption rate of 5.5 L/100 KM.

What is most important for a human-centric car? Keeping the human safe, certainly! There’s no lack of safety options in this vehicle, with electrical capabilities giving rise to a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA) and Smart Brake Support (a collision-avoiding braking sensor available both back and forth). To top it off, Cruising and Traffic Support (CTS) allows cruising at pre-set speeds while helping the car maintain its proper lane position.

For what it’s worth, the Mazda 3 doesn’t seek to prove itself hastily. Instead, the strengths of this car can be found in its nuances and that should sit well with those looking for a vehicle that performs at a consistent and steady standard.

Photos: Mazda

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Hanwei enjoys the lighter side of life, most times a little too much. Besides putting himself in different vehicles and writing what he feels about them, Hanwei is also a huge proponent of electric vehicles.

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