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2017 Mazda3 Overview

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The Mazda3 is one of the most popular compact cars on the market—and for good reason. Available as either a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback, the 2017 Mazda3 is the ideal car both for small families looking for a practical car, and for young professionals who want an exciting ride. No matter your wants for your next car, chances are you’ll find plenty to love about the 2017 Mazda3.


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2017 Mazda3

What’s New for the 2017 Mazda3?

2017 marks the third year of the Mazda3’s third generation, which makes it the ideal year for a mid-cycle refresh. As such, the 2017 Mazda3 comes with a reshaped grille and headlights, new LED headlights on top trim levels, a new rear bumper, and two new exterior colors (Machine Gray Metallic and Eternal Blue Mica—the latter of which replaces the Blue Reflex Mica color from the former model). Inside, the 2017 Mazda3 now comes with an optional heated steering wheel and upgraded upholstery.

One of the biggest changes is the introduction of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control steering system, which provides a smoother and more efficient ride. This is in addition to new dampers and sound insulation, which serve to make every drive quieter, even at highway speeds.

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2017 Mazda3 Exterior

Whether you choose the sedan or the hatchback, the 2017 Mazda3 exudes style as it cruises down the road. Features like body-color power side mirrors and daytime running lights are standard on even the entry-level Sport trim. The Mazda3’s sleek lines and sophisticated styling easily competes with more expensive compacts from luxury automakers, but at the affordable starting MSRP of $18,895 for the sedan and $20,145 for the hatchback.

Exterior color options for the 2017 Mazda3 include Soul Red Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Titanium Flash Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Machine Gray Metallic, and Eternal Blue Mica.

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Exterior available on Sport

  • Halogen headlights, Daytime Running Lights, Variable-intermittent windshield wipers, Body-colored power side mirrors, Black beltline trim, Integrated rear-window antenna, Black matte-finish front grille insert, Dual exhaust with bright tips (hatchback only), Rear window wiper (hatchback only), Rear roof spoilers (hatchback only)

Exterior available on Touring/Touring 2.5

  • Automatic on/off headlights, Rain-sensing variable-intermittent windshield wipers, Body-colored and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, Bright beltline trim

Exterior available on Grand Touring

  • LED fog lights, Power sliding-glass moonroof with one-touch-open feature and interior sunshade, Roof-mounted “shark fin” antenna, Black metallic front grille insert, Rear decklid spoiler (sedan only)

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2017 Mazda3 Performance

The 2017 Mazda3 is offered in four trim levels: Sport, Touring, Touring 2.5, and Grand Touring. All trims are offered as a sedan or a hatchback, with the exception of the Touring 2.5, which is a hatchback only.

The type of engine powering your Mazda3 depends on the trim level you choose. Housed under the hood of Sport and Touring models is a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. For those wanting a bit more power, the 2.5 Touring and Grand Touring models are powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which produces 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.  Transmission choices include a SKYACTIV DRIVE six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic with sport mode.

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2017 Mazda3 Efficiency

Compact cars are known for their efficiency, and the 2017 Mazda3 is no exception. In fact, Mazda has been named the US’ most fuel-efficient automaker for the fourth year running, so choosing the Mazda3 means fewer trips to the pump and more money in your wallet.

When equipped with the 2.0-liter engine, the 2017 Mazda3 returns 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 31 mpg. Upgrading to the 2.5-liter engine pushes those numbers down slightly to 25 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. These impressive numbers are thanks to Mazda’s innovative and energy-saving SKYACTIV technology.

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2017 Mazda3 Interior

The 2017 Mazda3 is known for having a high-quality interior—Car and Driver even named it the best interior for under $30,000. However, along with the 2017 model’s exterior upgrades, Mazda has made a few changes to the Mazda3’s interior that make it even better than before. These include an optional heated steering wheel, upgraded cloth upholstery, and new colors for the optional leather upholstery.

With the addition of these features, the 2017 Mazda3 is more impressive on the inside than ever. Entry-level models include Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, and the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system. Higher trim levels add features like leatherette seating, automatic climate control, a power moonroof, blind spot monitoring, and more.

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Interior available on Sport

  • Features: Air conditioning with pollen filter, Power windows with driver’s one-touch down/up feature, Power door locks with two-stage unlocking, Cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls, Remote keyless entry system with “answer back” feature, Remote fuel door release, Push Button Start, Tilt & telescopic steering column, Manual day/night rearview mirror, Driver and passenger-side covered visor vanity mirrors, 12-volt power outlet, Dual map lights and rear cabin light, Rear window defogger with timer, Glove compartment, Front center console armrest with covered storage, Dual front cup holders, Front door storage pockets with bottle holders, Front passenger-side seatback pocket, Rear door bottle holders, Five-passenger seating, Six-way manual adjustable driver’s seat, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, Cloth-trimmed sport seats, Carpet floor mats, Analog speedometer and digital tachometer, Dual trip odometers, Trip computer
  • Radio and Technology: Seven-inch full-color touchscreen display, AM/FM/HD audio system with six speakers, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming capability, MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System, Multifunction Commander control, Infotainment system voice command, Radio Broadcast Data System program information, Aha™/Pandora®/Stitcher™ internet radio integration, SMS text message audio delivery and reply, E911 automatic emergency notification, Auxiliary audio input jack, USB Audio Input (two in front center console), Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Interior available on Touring

  • Features: Dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, Rear center armrest with cup holders, Six-way power adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar adjustment, Variable heated front seats, Leatherette-trimmed sport seats, Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Radio and Technology: Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support

Interior available on Touring 2.5

  • Features: Power sliding-glass moonroof with one-touch open, Overhead console with sunglasses holder, Driver and passenger-side illuminated covered visor vanity mirrors

Interior available on Grand Touring

  • Features: Driver and passenger-side illuminated covered visor vanity mirrors, Overhead console with sunglasses holder, Perforated leather-trimmed sport seats,
  • Radio and Technology: Bose® nine-speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with four-month trial subscription

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2017 Mazda3 Safety

Along with efficiency, safety is something Mazda takes very seriously. In fact, both the sedan and hatchback iterations of the 2016 Mazda3 were named Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), thanks to their excellent performance in crash testing. And while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn’t yet given the 2017 Mazda3 an overall rating, both the sedan and hatchback received five out of five stars for side crash testing and four out of five stars for rollover testing.

Standard Safety Features

  • Mazda Advanced Restraint System – advanced dual front airbags with crash-zone and passenger weight sensors
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags with side-impact air curtains
  • Three-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • Front and rear adjustable headrests for all seating positions
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Whiplash-reducing front seat headrests
  • Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control System
  • Rearview camera
  • SKYACTIV®-Body Ring Structure
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Foldaway brake pedal assembly
  • Engine-immobilizer antitheft system
  • Keyless remote panic button (on key fob)
  • Automatic door locks (speed-sensitive and transmission-sensitive)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • LATCH child safety anchors and upper tethers
  • Child safety rear door locks

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    Tim Shults is the President of the Shults Auto Group. In his spare time he likes to play golf and spend time with his four daughters.