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2015 Mazda Mazda3 Sport GT
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The zoom-zoom is back! Finally we have the 2015 Mazda3 Sport GT with a no-charge six-speed manual transmission, mated to the more powerful 2.5-litre four-cylinder Skyactiv-G engine. The Mazda3 was lacking the zoom-zoom with only the soul-sucking automatic transmission in the GT model and now we can have our cake and eat it, too.

Although perhaps Mazda will sell more automatics than manuals, those looking for a compact hatchback with a little bit of power and a little bit of fun can find it in the GT Mazda3.

2015 Mazda Mazda3 Sport GT
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The Mazda3 Sport GT comes loaded with a lot goodies standard, which should make shoppers happy. Features like bi-xenon HID headlights with manual leveling and LED light signature, LED taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, intelligent key system (proximity and ignition), voice-activated navigation system, Bose premium audio system with nine speakers, Active Driving Display (ADD), dual-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, seven-inch touchscreen display with HMI commander, Bluetooth, USB/AUX inputs and heated seats.

It certainly seems like you get a lot of car for $26,995, which is the base price for the Mazda3 GT. My tester includes the luxury package for $1,500, which adds leather seats, leather-like door trim, garage door opener, six-way power driver’s seat (recline, lift, fore/aft), manual driver lumbar support, auto dimming rearview mirror and leather-like rear console lid. This package also seems like a great deal, but the dealer-installed 18-inch special wheel and tire package on my tester can be avoided to save some coin.

I’m looking forward to some zoom-zoom fun this week with this new Mazda3!

Pricing: 2015 Mazda Mazda3 Sport GT
Base price: $26,995
Options:Luxury Package — $1,500; Soul Red Mica — $300; 18-inch wheel tire package — $1,959
A/C tax: $100
Destination: $1,695
Price as tested: $32,549

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