Transmission

2015 Mazda3 Will Offer 2.5-Liter and Manual Transmission

Six-speed can now be mated to both engine and trim levels.

With the 2015 Mazda3 already in dealerships, the company has just announced it will offer the option of a six-speed manual transmission along with both of the car's engines. Fully-redesigned for 2014, the Mazda3 was offered last year with a choice between automatic and manual transmission only on models equipped with the smaller 2.0-liter engine, forcing buyers of the larger 2.5-liter engine to give up their ability to shift on their own. But the manual transmission will offer more than just shift power:

The 2.5-liter-equipped Mazda3 S will also benefit from a lower curb weight (35 pounds lighter than the automatic). However, it will obviously suffer a bit on the EPA fuel economy front: manual transmission models are rated at 25/37 mpg city/highway (sedan) and 26/36 (hatchback), while the automatic models provide 28/39 (sedan) and 27/37 in the hatchback. But buyers of the manual transmission models will enjoy price decreases of $750-950 over the automatic, depending on the trim.

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