The redesigned 2017 Mazda 3 is one of the best all-rounded compact cars available, but you’ll have to hold on until it goes for sale sometime in March 2017. It promises a precise handling, many advanced features, intuitive controls, top crash test scores, a quick acceleration, and an impressive fuel economy rating.
These days if you are shopping for a compact sedan or hatchback, you’ll likely expect it to be safe, spacious, packed with some of the latest technology and features, and fuel-efficient. Well, not so many vehicles can be able to offer all of this features without jeopardizing either performance or comfort.
Guess what! The new 2017 Mazda 3 is one of the few vehicles in the segment that can be able to offer everything discussed above without breaking a sweat. The bliss continues under its hood. With two powerful engines available, the Mazda 3 is arguably one of the fastest vehicles in the segment. Couple that with an upgraded suspension system and the result is a smooth and hush ride.
Additionally, the Mazda 3 is a standout especially in terms of interior appointments. Lots of latest technologies and soft-touch materials are offered even for the base model. But despite the effort invested by Mazda engineers and designers, there are still some faults on the 3 such as wind and tire noise, and a choppy ride quality with the optional 18” wheels.
As such, it would be advisable to check out what the segment offers. The available competition includes the 2017 Honda Civic, the 2017 Ford Focus, and the updated 2017 Kia Forte. At the end of the day, you’ll need to be decisive but the bottom line remains the 2017 Mazda 3 is an appealing choice that will undoubtedly liven up your days.
Mazda 3 – Trims Available
The 5-door 2017 Mazda 3 will be offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Both body styles are offered in 3i and 3s models. The two models are further offered in more trims (detailed below). The grand Touring is covered under a separate review.
Interior Review & 2017 Mazda 3 Exterior Changes
The base 3i Sport list of standard accessories and features includes a 7” touchscreen display, power-folding mirrors, 16-inch steel wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, voice controls, adaptive cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Others include an auxiliary audio jack, a six-speaker sound system, heated side mirrors, a rear-seat armrest, a blind-spot monitor, rear-cross traffic alert, automatic wipers, automatic headlights, premium cloth upholstery, and smartphone enabled Internet radio.
Upgrading to the 3i Touring gets you a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a CD player, a nine-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, an auto-dimming rearview camera, automatic dual-zone control, keyless entry and ignition, foglights, a rear lip spoiler, and a sunroof.
The 3i Grand Touring model further adds a leatherette upholstery, a navigation system, heated front seats, a six-way power driver seat, and a tri-zone automatic climate control.
Getting the 3S Touring gets you a heads-up display, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, a more powerful engine, a digital speedometer, 18” wheels, and a gloss-black grille insert.
The 3S Grand Touring bundles the i-Eloop regenerative braking system, daytime running lights, adaptive xenon headlights, a forward collision mitigation and warning system, LED taillights, active grille shutters, and automatic high-beam headlight control.
2017 Mazda 3 Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 Mazda 3i is a four-cylinder 2.0L engine rated at 155 hp and 150 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is routed to the front wheels via either the standard six-speed manual or the six-speed automatic.
According to Mazda 3, a time of 8.3 seconds is what you require to get the Mazda 3i model past 60 mph. EPA says you should look forward to EPA ratings of 30/41/34 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the automatic, and 29/41/33 mpg with the manual.
The Mazda 3s, on the other hand, get a four-cylinder 2.5L engine beneath their hoods. The power produced – 184 horsepower and 185 lbs. ft. of torque gets routed to the wheels via the six-speed auto. With this powerplant under the hood, you only require about 7.5 seconds to get from 0-60 mph.
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 180.3 in
Width: 70.7 in
Passenger volume: 96 cu ft
Cargo volume: 12 cu ft
Curb weight: 2883 lb
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 7.5 sec
MPG: 29/41 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Blue Reflex Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Liquid Silver Metallic, Meteor Gray Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Soul Red Metallic, Titanium Flash Mica
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
Price & 2017 Mazda 3 Release Date
Expect its release date sometime in March 2017, according to various online sources. As for its price, the 3 Hatchback will go for sale for an MSRP of $18,545, and $17,845 for the 3 Sedan.
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