We rarely hear about the Mazda3 anymore yet they are still sold in decent volumes and will forever be known as one of the best handling and affordable compacts on the road today. It also has a new quality trophy added to its repertoire. 2016 Mazda3 Hatch The 2016 Mazda3 hatch was awarded Strategic Vision’s Total Quality Award, landing it top honors among the Small Multi-Function Car segment. Strategic Vision’s unique Total Quality Impact score is an all-encompassing measure of positive and negative product experiences, including reliability, driving excitement and other aspects of dealership experiences. According to Strategic Vision, the Mazda3 Hatch surpasses all its competition by delivering more than is expected in a segment that is often just more functional than delivering extra touches. Its overall profile of what is delivered for the price creates value and a positive image. The owner-driven survey takes all parts of the ownership experience into account and is followed up with a survey addressing consumer values, emotions, attitudes, interests and brand images. Starting at $17,845, Mazda3 features Skyactiv tech and the “KODO—Soul of Motion” design. Additional and available features include i-ELOOP, MAZDA CONNECT and i-ACTIVSENSE. The Mazda3 is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, available in four- and five-door configurations and offered with either a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L or 2.5L mated to either a 6-speed MT or 6-speed AT.