Mazda entered the Canadian market around 1968—two years before it made its debut in the American market. The demand for Mazda vehicles continues to remain high in Canada, despite stiff competition from other auto manufacturers. One vehicle, in particular, deserves a special mention: the Mazda 3.
The Mazda 3 was first produced in 2003, and was one of Canada’s bestselling vehicles from 2004 to the present. In fact, as of June 20th, 223 units have been sold since the start of 2012, which is a strong indicator of continued public interest in the vehicle. It’s no wonder that it’s a common sight to see the Mazda 3 in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and many other major cities in Canada. Moreover, the auto brand has over 165 dealerships across the country.
The Mazda 3 has two generations of production. The first generation, which spanned the years 2004 to 2009, pioneered the “budget coupe” vehicle, and was generally praised for its stylish design and superior performance. The second generation, which began with the recent 2012 model, has a redesigned exterior, which further emphasizes the car’s sporty nature. In fact,
Mazda used its 2012 line to test its latest high-performance SKYACTIV technologies, which can enhance fuel efficiency and engine performance.
What makes the Mazda 3 so appealing? Aside from the fact that its exterior design makes it appear like a sports coupe (a major selling point), the Mazda 3 is generally considered a stable front-wheel drive car with little to no defects. It’s also one of the most affordable cars in the Canadian market; a brand new one only costs about C$16,000.
But it’s possible to get a Mazda 3 for a far lower price. One can purchase a used Mazda 3 with affordable prices starting at C$9,000. Or if that still proves to be too costly, many dealerships offer secure financing for the used Mazda 3 in Toronto; financial experts from these dealerships can help their clients secure a car loan or lease that fits their budget and needs.
It’s been 44 years since Mazda was first introduced into the Canadian market, and they’re still leading the pack with their solid Mazda 3. If you haven’t driven this vehicle yet, you’re simply missing out on a great car. For more information on Mazda’s SKYACTIV technologies, see: mazda.com/csr/environment/making_car/.
Mazda Madness: Acquiring a New or Used Mazda 3 in Toronto