Last month, the 2016 Mazda3 was named to the Kelley Blue Book’s’s “10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000” list. 2016 marks the third consecutive year that the editors of have named the Mazda3 to the list. The engaging and dynamic small car has been named to the list every year in the vehicle’s 13-year existence. Keep reading to find out more about the 2016 Mazda3 earning this great honor!

In order to be recognized by Kelley Blue Book and named to the list, two longstanding criteria must be met: fun-to-drive and fun-to-own. Those two factors are critical to determining whether a vehicle has the “cool factor” needed to earn a spot on the list. Each vehicle must also have a price tag of $18,000 or less. The editors at had this to say about the 2016 Mazda3:

Gorgeous and sporty outside as well as inside, the Mazda3 backs it all up with fun-focused driving dynamics. And now that it’s also fuel-efficient and tech-savvy, we wouldn’t bet on this streak coming to an end anytime soon.

The 2016 Mazda3 features the Mazda brand’s award-winning and dynamic SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY as well as its KODO—Soul of Motion design scheme. It also features the i-ELOOP system used in order to enhance fuel economy as well the Mazda brand’s MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system and the i-ACTIVSENSE safety system. With the help of each of these technologies, it is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. Drivers have the option of choosing a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback, and can choose between one of two powertrains: a SKYACTIV-G, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Drivers can also opt for either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

To find out more about the 2016 Mazda3 head on down to your Mazda dealers near Lakewood, Lester Glenn Mazda, to speak to a member of our team and take a test drive today!