Why non-car people just chose the 2015 Mazda3 as a Best New Car
Here at Torque News, some of our writers have the car-bug bad. One has multiple race cars. Another has an addiction to convertibles (but I’m making progress!). The rest of the writers are just as crazy about the car topics they cover. However, we realize that we need to set aside our own opinions and see cars from the perspective of those who are not fans. One way we can do that is to offer the opinions of others with our commentary. Hence, our re-report here of Good Housekeeping’s choice of the 2015 Mazda3 S five-door Grand Touring as its Best New Car Award 2016 in the Compact class. We won’t even point out that the Mazda3 was not new for the model year and is not a 2016 model (whoops).
Good Housekeeping brings to the table the perspective of a shopper looking for value and usability. Describing the “Best Standard features”, Good Housekeeping lists; “Backseats that fold flat for maximum storage space; Mazda Connect infotainment system with built-in Pandora music service and Bluetooth capabilities; high-quality Bose nine-speaker surround sound; heated side mirrors.” See, we car nuts never remember the heated side mirrors are important, but they are. We all love them.
To its credit, Good Housekeeping chose the better of the two body styles and the larger engine (denoted by the S in the model description). In fact, the Mazda3 they chose is our favorite of the many trims and two body styles. Good Housekeeping’s summary is also one we can see ourselves having written. They said.“We were amazed by how fun it was to drive. The swift acceleration and responsive handling made us feel as if we were in a sports car.” We would not be amazed though. That’s the Zoom, Zoom they felt. We know it, and we expect it.