The Mazda 3s features a free-revving 2.3-liter engine that delivers spirited performance and the Mazda 3i benefits with a 2.0-liter engine. The five-speed manual transmission shifts easily for new drivers and there's an automatic available with a manual-shift feature. Side-curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard on some models and available on all. Most equipment is optional, including power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry; cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, six-speaker audio system, 16-inch cast aluminum wheels, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, brighter interior upholstery and trim, electroluminescent gauges that adjust for intensity, and delayed courtesy lights.
For 2006, the 2.0-liter engine in the Mazda 3i benefits from increased power.