|Engine Size:||2.0 L|
|Transmission:||Automatic or manual|
Mazda once again gives us simply one of the best cars in its class! The mature Mazda 3 compact is getting a slight refresh for 2017: the exterior styling receives some mild tweaking, there are some new interior goodies, updated active-safety features, and improved steering response with the addition of Mazda’s amazing G-Vectoring Control system that is standard on all Mazda 3 trims.
There aren’t too many vehicles on the market that successfully combine style, value and dynamism in a compact package like this. Mazda delivers with the Mazda 3; there are Hatchback - with extra storage space and easy-access liftgate - and sedan bodies available with the sporty six-speed manual, 155-hp 2.0-liter standard. Of course a six-speed automatic and a 2.5-liter 184-hp four are options. The responsive steering and great handling will have you yearning for the open road as well as winding mountain roads. Economy is a high priority so you will be happy to find that many add-ons such as navigation, traffic-sign recognition, and heated seats are well within reach.
Mazda has done away with some confusing trim designations, reshuffling the lineup a bit by adding advanced safety content into base models, updating the front and rear bumper designs, and putting more focus onto interior noise reduction by revising the dampers and overall sound insulation for a quieter ride.
Interior revisions for 2017 on the Mazda 3 are noteworthy; you’ll find an upgrade to the steering wheel, including heating, an electric parking brake that frees up center-console storage space, enhanced styling on the console cover, center console mounted cup-holders, pollen filter on the A/C and some subtler trim for the door panels. Upholstery upgrades can be found throughout, there are additional color options: espresso accents on a black leather interior and the previous almond color has been revised to what Mazda calls ‘parchment color.’ It’s fair to say that the interior is now best in class.
The available head-up display is full color for 2017, as in the Mazda CX-9 Crossover, plus the optional automatic braking system for the Mazda 3 now uses a camera in place of a laser allowing the system to work at a greater speed range and can detect pedestrian movement.
The handsomely equipped Grand Touring’s standard leather-trimmed interior, power seats, and 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with redundant rotary controller is gorgeous. There are some additional options in the Premium Equipment package (LED lighting, adaptive headlights, navigation, and a heated steering wheel) and the optional Active Safety package the includes lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and Mazda’s Smart Braking System.