Blue Ridge Mazda Announces that the Mazda3 Named a 2011 'Top 10 Coolest New Car Under $18,000'

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Mazda3 Has Been Selected Eight Consecutive Years to the "Coolest Under $18,000" List by Kelley Blue Book

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The sales professionals at Blue Ridge Mazda - the premiere Mazda dealer in Raytown, Missouri - were not surprised that the Mazda3 was named a 2011 "Top 10 Coolest New Car Under $18,000" by Kelley Blue Book. For eight years now, the Mazda3 has been deemed by Kelley Blue Book to be a cool and fun-to-drive car for a very reasonable price tag.

Every year, Kbb.com selects "Top 10 Coolest New Car Under $18,000" based on simple criteria. The cars must be fun-to-drive, fun-to-own, possess a certain 'cool factor' and adhere to the under $18,000 price tag. Mazda3 has held the title since it came to market in 2004.

"At some point we're going to have to give Mazda3 a lifetime achievement award for its unequaled streak of appearances on our annual list of coolest cars," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's Kbb.com.

"For the 8th year in a row - every year of the car's existence, in fact - the Mazda3 has earned a spot on our list for its standout sheet metal, excellent interior and exceptional driving dynamics."

The Mazda3 compact sedan is powerful and fuel efficient with a standard 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that offers 148 horsepower and 135 lb.-ft. of torque. An available 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine,that offers 167 horsepower and 168 lb.-ft. of torque. Starting at $15,800, the sedan has an EPA fuel economy rating of 33 highway/24 city when equipped with the 2.0-liter engine (automatic) and 29 highway/22 city when equipped with the 2.5-liter engine (automatic).

"Nearly half of all Mazdas sold in the United States are Mazda3s, so we are proud of the 2011 Mazda3 for earning a spot on Kelley Blue Book's Kbb.com 'Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000' list," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. "This award illustrates Mazda's dedication to producing engaging and fun-to-drive vehicles."

Local residents who are interested in the Mazda3 are encouraged to stop by Blue Ridge Mazda - the premiere Raytown, Missouri Mazda dealership. Their sales team can answer any questions consumers might have as well as schedule them for a test drive.

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