As we kick off the year here at Lester Glenn Mazda, we are proud to announce that Good Housekeeping and Car and Driver have recognized the 2016 Mazda3 5-Door s Grand Touring model as the “Best Compact” vehicle in its “2016 Best New Car Awards.”

An authority in consumer products and advice, Good Housekeeping joined forces with an authority in automotive information, Car and Driver, to evaluate 160 vehicles across four categories: Compact, Sedan, Eco and Crossover. Ultimately, the publications were able to narrow down 41 vehicles after engineers at the Good Housekeeping Institute had traveled more than 2,000 miles on real streets in order to test out safety features, design, infotainment capabilities, value, family friendliness, storage and overall performance.

A notable feature on the 2016 Mazda3 that we think Toms River drivers would certainly appreciate and utilize is the MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment system, which is focused heavily on driver and passenger safety. Simple to operate and conveniently located, this system is also a premium entertainment option for drivers and passengers who truly want to enjoy the ride.

In addition, the model’s SKYACTIV Technologies and KODO design push the 2016 Mazda3 to look, feel and operate differently than its competitors. After all, we believe that you deserve the highest standards of performance and style whether you are pulling into a black tie affair or making a quick trip to the grocery store.

Finally, the safety features supporting the 2016 Mazda3 help to push this vehicle to the head of its class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the model a Top Safety Pick+ while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recognized the vehicle with the highest possible rating of five stars in overall safety.

Sound like a smart pick for you and your family? Visit our Toms River dealership today to try it out for yourself!