Mazda 3 Hybrid??
I was looking at the Mazda Japan website the other day and noticed that there is now an option for a Mazda 3 gasoline hybrid listed. Years ago Mazda announced that they were working with Toyota hybrid tech and this looks to be the result.
There isn’t a lot of detail listed with the description of the model so I decided to do a comparison of the Mazda 3 against the current model year of Prius as the 2 vehicles are most likely running the same hybrid drive setup.
Price: With the current exchange rate the Mazda 3 hybrid is ~$23500 which is almost the same as the current Prius price shown of $23475. You get more car with the Mazda 3 for the price and a car which handles like a car should. Win here for the Mazda.
Styling: Right away I can tell you I prefer the styling of the Mazda 3 over the Batmobile inspired Prius which looks like someone used a late 50s Chevy and applied the styling.
Fuel Economy: This one is the funniest thing and really shows where Mazda’s engine tech is beating all of the other manufacturers. Toyota Prius 1.8 hybrid gets 56mpg in combined city/highway. Mazda 3 2.0 hybrid gets 63mpg. Caveat on this data, I took the economy listed on the Japanese page and converted it to MPG so they are not based on the same drive cycles.
If your Japanese skills are on point check out the landing page for the 2018 Mazda 3 Hybrid yourself here. Just a note google translate won’t let you convert the page due to SSL from Mazda’s page.
So you are asking why do I care about a hybrid and in all honesty I probably won’t own one myself but if it does happen I prefer to at least own one that handles worth a crap and has decent driving dynamics. I can’t say I have ever heard anyone raving about how good the chassis is in a Prius.