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post #7 of (permalink) Old 12-31-2016, 07:15 PM
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Having test-driven the 2.5L / MT6 version of the Mazda3 GT, my impression was very good indeed. It seems the GT isn't proving very popular, though, at least not in Canada. When I was hunting for mine (on the used market), 2.0L versions outnumbered the 2.5L by at least 20 to 1, whether you picked hatch or sedan, auto or stick.

I suspect that at least part of the reason is that a Mazda3 GT is simply priced out of the heart of the market, at a bit over $30k CAD. At that price point, buyers wanting performance will go for a GTI or Focus ST, while those who care about space and/or luxury have a pretty broad range of competitors to choose from. The GT fills a nice niche for a premium small all-rounder, but it's not a high-volume niche.
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