2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

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Pricing Information

MSRP: $23,895
Dealer Invoice: $22,862
Delivery Charge: $875
Used Retail Price: $19,818
Used Private Price: $18,508
Used Trade-In Price: $16,771

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Editor Review

2017 Mazda 3 Review

Introduction

The 2017 Mazda 3 should be right at the top of your list if you're looking for a compact car that doesn't feel cheap or entry-level. For the last several years, the Mazda 3 has been one of our favorite compact cars thanks to its upscale interior, fun-to-drive personality and easy-to-use infotainment controls. And this year, the Mazda 3 gets a host of small improvements, including an updated dashboard design and changes that Mazda says help improve both handling and ride comfort. The best, it appears, just keeps on getting better. 

Practicality and versatility are still part of the Mazda 3's repertoire, too. It is available as either a sedan or hatchback, so you can pick the hatchback if you need some added cargo-carrying capacity. And on the 3's higher trim levels, Mazda offers some advanced features to choose from, such as adaptive cruise control, a recently updated (in color instead of monochrome) head-up display and a special i-Eloop package that helps boost fuel economy.

As good as the 3 is, though, you might also want to check out a few other cars. The 2017 Honda Civic is another favorite of ours thanks to its roomy and well-appointed interior and sporty performance. The 2017 Ford Focus is also worth a closer look, as is the redesigned 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. And if you're looking for something with a bit more value, check out the chic but affordable 2017 Kia Forte. Overall, though, the 2017 Mazda 3 is a great choice.

What's New

The 2017 Mazda 3 gets a variety of updates this year. Both the front and rear fascias are subtly restyled, while the interior has a new steering wheel, an updated dashboard design, added standard equipment, bigger door storage pockets and a new electronic parking brake (which frees up more center console space for storage). Mazda has also added G-Vectoring Control to the 3, which Mazda says can improve handling. A retuned suspension provides a smoother ride.

Body

The 2017 Mazda 3 is a compact car available as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. Both are available in four different trim levels: Sport, Touring, Touring 2.5 and Grand Touring.

The base Sport comes with 16-inch steel wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, remote locking and unlocking, keyless ignition, a 7-inch touchscreen display with knob-based controller, Bluetooth connectivity, voice controls and a six-speaker audio system with two USB ports, an auxiliary input, HD radio and smartphone-enabled internet radio. Options for the Sport are packaged together in the Preferred Equipment package that adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, premium cloth upholstery, a rear-seat armrest, automatic headlights, automatic windshield wipers and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Touring includes all features from the Preferred Equipment package plus 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, imitation-leather (premium vinyl) upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The optional Popular Equipment package (sedan only) adds a rear lip spoiler, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a CD player, satellite radio and a premium nine-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.

Also available is the Touring 2.5 (hatchback only), which is essentially the same equipment as the standard Touring, but with a more powerful engine and a sunroof.

The Grand Touring gets the Popular Equipment package equipment plus the aforementioned more powerful engine, LED foglights, a gloss-black grille insert, a digital speedometer, a head-up display and full leather upholstery. The Premium Equipment package adds adaptive LED headlights and daytime running lights, LED taillights, a heated steering wheel, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a navigation system. Also optional for the Grand Touring is the i-Activsense Safety Package, which adds a more capable forward collision warning and mitigation system, a lane departure warning and intervention system, automatic high-beam headlight control and adaptive cruise control. Separately, the i-Eloop package adds the i-Eloop energy recovery system and active grille shutters.

Interior

The interior of the 2017 Mazda 3 has been one of the best in its class for several years, and this year it appears to have become even better. The cabin is full of high-quality panels, materials and switches, all of which are laid out in a logical and user-friendly manner. What's more, the Mazda 3 feels upscale in its class thanks to features such as imitation-leather or leather upholstery standard on almost all models, a color head-up display, adaptive LED headlights and adaptive cruise control. Most of that stuff just isn't offered on many of the Mazda 3's competitors.

Previously criticized for looking a bit tacked-on, the Mazda 3's center console screen gets a new housing this year that helps it look slightly better integrated into the dashboard. The screen itself is operated with a BMW/Audi-esque center console knob that makes commands extremely simple and quick. But if you don't like the knob, the crisp 7-inch center display is also a touchscreen, which makes it ideal for either preference. Few systems in the compact car class are as likable.

Also top of their class are the 3's front seats. They are very comfortable on long road trips, yet they're sufficiently bolstered to hold you in place during enthusiastic driving (which you'll probably want to do a lot of in this highly enjoyable-to-drive car). Rear seats are comfortable, but legroom is an inch or two behind class leaders. Rivals such as the Toyota Corolla or the Volkswagen Jetta offer more room for adults to get comfortable or for bulky child car seats. The sedan's 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is a bit small for the class and so is the hatchback, with 20.2 cubic feet of cargo storage behind the rear seats. When you fold the seats flat in the hatchback, though, it opens up to 47.1 cubic feet of storage, which is a few cubes above average.

Powertrain

The 2017 Mazda 3 is powered by one of two different engines. The first is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. It drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. Standard on the Touring 2.5 and Grand Touring is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine generating 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. It is also available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

In Edmunds testing of a Mazda 3 sedan with 2.0-liter engine and the automatic transmission, we recorded a zero-to-60-mph time of 8.3 seconds, which is quicker than average for a compact car with a base engine. A Mazda 3 hatchback with the optional 2.5-liter engine achieved a 0-to-60 time of 7.5 seconds, which puts it near the top of its class. The Honda Civic with its optional turbo engine upgrade, for comparison, did the same sprint in 6.9 seconds.

Regardless of engine, transmission and body style, EPA fuel economy estimates are impressive for the Mazda 3. Numbers range from 28 mpg combined (25 city/33 highway) with the 2.5-liter engine and the six-speed manual up to 32 mpg combined (28 city/37 highway) with the 2.0-liter engine and the automatic transmission.

Driving

A huge part of the 2017 Mazda 3's appeal is how well it drives. With both the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines, the 3 accelerates quickly and smoothly. Given the choice, we'd go with the bigger 2.5-liter engine, though, because it is more powerful without sacrificing much in the way of fuel economy. Shifts from the six-speed automatic transmission are quick and smooth as well.

In the past, we've criticized the Mazda 3 for having a rough ride with the 18-inch wheels and tires. This year, though, several updates were made to the suspension in an effort to remedy that ride stiffness. We haven't had the chance to fully test this new suspension yet; we also haven't driven the Mazda 3 with its new G-Vectoring Control, designed to improve handling. We'll update this review once we've thoroughly tested both.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Mazda 3 includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, a rearview camera, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Low-speed forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert come standard on Touring and Grand Touring models. Other optional safety equipment includes a lane departure warning and intervention system and a more capable forward collision warning and mitigation/braking system.

In Edmunds testing, a Mazda 3 Grand Touring hatchback came to a stop from 60 mph in 120 feet, which is an average distance for the segment.

The 2017 Mazda 3 crash test ratings have not yet been released, but the 2016 ratings have been. And because the car's structure hasn't changed significantly, those ratings will likely carry over. In government crash testing, the Mazda 3 received five out of five stars for overall crash protection, with five stars for total front-crash protection and five stars for total side-crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Mazda 3 the highest possible rating of Good in its moderate-overlap and small-overlap front-impact crash tests. The 3 also earned a Good rating for the side-impact, roof strength and head restraint/seat (whiplash protection) tests.

Pro

Precise handling when going around turns; many advanced and desirable features are available; quick acceleration; top crash test scores; refined interior with intuitive controls

Con

Ride quality can be choppy with the optional 18-inch wheels.

Bottom Line

More than just basic transportation, the 2017 Mazda 3 is an entertaining, versatile and classy car to drive. It's one of our top recommendations if you're shopping for a small sedan or hatchback.

Manufacturer's Warranty

Type: Roadside
• Maximum Years: 3
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Aug-24-2016 10:05 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 36000

Type: Rust
• Maximum Years: 5
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: U
• Start Date: Aug-24-2016 10:05 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099

Type: Drivetrain
• Maximum Years: 5
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Aug-24-2016 10:05 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 60000

Type: Basic
• Maximum Years: 3
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Aug-24-2016 10:05 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 36000

Standard Features

Audio Features - Grand Touring, S Touring

• Premium Brand Speakers: Bose
• Total Number Of Speakers: 9
• Digital Audio Input: Auxiliary Audio Input
• Premium Brand Audio System: Bose
• Speed Sensitive Volume Control
• Usb Connection
• Radio Data System
• Radio: AM/FM HD Radio
• Satellite Radio
• Surround Audio
• Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service: 4
• Consumer Generic Feature 0: USB Inputs
• Consumer Generic Feature 1: Upgraded Stereo
• Consumer Generic Feature 2: Aux Audio Inputs

Cargo Dimensions

• Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place (cubic feet): 20.2
• Cargo Capacity, Rear Seat Down Or Removed: 47.1
• Max Cargo Capacity: 47.1

Mobile Connectivity

• Bluetooth: Bluetooth

Instrumentation

• Clock
• External Temperature Gauge: External Temperature Display
• Head Up Display: Head-up Display
• Tachometer
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Tire Pressure Monitoring
• Trip Computer

Misc. Exterior Features

• Exterior Camera: Rear View Camera
• Rear Spoiler

Doors

• Number Of Doors: 4

Exterior Lights

• Daytime Running Lights
• Front Fog Lights: Front Fog/driving Lights
• Headlights Dusk Sensor: Dusk Sensing

Front Passenger Seat

• Heated Passenger Seat: Multi-level Heating
• Number Of Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4

Steering

• Power Steering: Electric Power Steering

1st Row Seats

• 1st Row Seat Type: Bucket
• 1st Row Upholstery: Leather
• Adjustable Seat Headrest: Height Adjustable Headrests
• Number Of 1st Row Headrests: 2
• Seat Whiplash Protection: Whiplash Protection System

Interior Dimensions

• 1st Row Head Room: 37.6
• 1st Row Hip Room: 55.5
• 1st Row Leg Room: 42.2
• 1st Row Shoulder Room: 57.2
• 2nd Row Head Room: 37.5
• 2nd Row Hip Room: 53.5
• 2nd Row Leg Room: 35.8
• 2nd Row Shoulder Room: 54.4 in.
• EPA Interior Volume: 116.6

Spare Tire/Wheel

• Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside
• Spare Tire Size: Temporary

Power Outlets

• Power Outlet(s): 12V

Exterior Dimensions

• Minimum Ground Clearance: 6.1
• Overall Height: 57.3
• Overall Length: 175.6
• Overall Width Without Mirrors: 70.7
• Wheelbase: 106.3

Windows

• Intermittent Front Wipers: Variable Intermittent
• One Touch Windows: 1
• Power Windows
• Rain Sensing Front Wipers: Rain Sensing
• Rear Defogger
• Rear Wiper: Intermittent Rear Wiper

Steering Wheel

• Audio Controls On Steering Wheel: Audio Controls
• Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel: Cruise Controls
• Phone Controls On Steering Wheel
• Steering Wheel Adjustments: Tilt And Telescopic
• Steering Wheel Trim: Leather And Simulated Alloy

Storage

• Center Console: Front Console With Storage
• Cupholders Location: Front And Rear
• Door Pockets Location: Front
• Overhead Console: Overhead Console With Storage
• Rear Area Cargo Cover
• Seatback Storage: Front Seatback Storage

Sunroof

• One Touch Power Sunroof: One-touch Power Sunroof
• Sunroof: Power Glass

Seating Configuration

• 1st Row Seating Capacity: 2
• 2nd Row Seating Capacity: 3

Air Conditioning

• Air Filtration: Interior Air Filtration
• Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
• Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
• Rear Heat: Rear Ventilation Ducts

Differential

• Final Drive Ratio: 3.85

Seatbelts

• 2nd Row Center Seatbelt: 3-point Belt

Suspension

• Front Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Front Stabilizer Bar: Stabilizer Bar
• Front Suspension Classification: Independent
• Independent Suspension: Four-wheel
• Rear Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Rear Stabilizer Bar: Stabilizer Bar
• Rear Suspension Classification: Independent

Specifications

• Curb Weight (lbs): 3046
• EGE City MPG: 25
• EGE Combined MPG: 28
• EGE Highway MPG: 33
• EPA City MPG: 25
• EPA Combined MPG: 28
• EPA Highway MPG: 33
• Fuel Capacity (gallons): 13.2
• TCO Curb Weight (lbs): 3046
• Turning Diameter (feet): 34.8

Brake System

• Antilock Braking System: 4-wheel ABS
• Braking Assist
• Emergency Braking Preparation
• Front Brake Type: Ventilated Disc
• Rear Brake Type: Disc

Drive Type

• Driven Wheels: Front Wheel Drive

Misc. Interior Features

• Cruise Control
• Floor Mat Material: Carpet
• Floor Mats

Collision Safety System

• Accident Avoidance System: Blind Spot Warning
• Post Collision Safety System: Post-collision Safety System
• Pre Collision Safety System: Pre-collision Safety System

Driver Seat

• Driver Seat Adjustable Lumbar: Manual Adjustable Lumbar Support
• Heated Driver Seat: Multi-level Heating
• Height Adjustable Driver Seat: Height Adjustable
• Number Of Driver Seat Power Adjustments: 6

Security

• Anti Theft Alarm System: Remote Anti-theft Alarm System
• Engine Immobilizer
• Power Door Locks: Hands-free Entry

Airbags

• Head Airbags: Front And Rear
• Passenger Airbag Deactivation: Occupant Sensing Deactivation
• Side Airbags: Dual Front

2nd Row Seats

• 2nd Row Center Armrest: Folding
• 2nd Row Seat Type: Bench
• Adjustable 2nd Row Headrests: Height Adjustable Headrests
• Folding 2nd Row: Split Folding
• Number Of 2nd Row Headrests: 3

Mirrors

• 1st Row Vanity Mirrors: Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
• Turn Signal Side Mirrors: Turn Signal In Mirrors
• Exterior Mirror Adjustment: Power
• Heated Exterior Mirrors: Heated

Tires - Touring/Grand Touring

• Rear Tire Speed Rating Grouping: Z
• Rear Tire Width: 215
• Tire Type: All Season
• Rear Tire Diameter: 18
• Rear Tire Profile: 45
• Rear Tire Speed Rating: W

Wheels - Touring/Grand Touring

• Rim Type: Alloy
• Rear Wheel Diameter: 18
• Rear Wheel Width: 7.0

Available Options

Option/Package Availability MSRP/Invoice
Premium Equipment PackageBi-LED headlights with auto leveling; Pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System, LED combination taillights; LED daytime running lights; Heated steering wheel; Mazda navigation system; Auto-dimming interior mirror with Homelink All Grand Touring MT$1,600 / $1,376
Paint Charge - Machine Gray All$300 / $258
All-Weather Floor Mats All$100 / $80
Paint Charge - Snowflake White Pearl All$200 / $172
Cargo NetIncludes cargo tie down hooks All Hatchback$60 / $48
I-ACTIVESENSE Safety PackageHigh Beam Control; Lane Departure Warning System; Lane Keep Assist; Mazda Radar Cruise Control; Smart Brake Support; Traffic Sign Recognition All Grand Touring$1,100 / $946
Cargo Mat All$75 / $60
Paint Charge - Soul Red All$300 / $258
Alaska Delivery All$45 / $45
Appearance PackageFront air dam, door mirror caps, rear bumper skirt, and side sill extensions in Jet Black; Body-colored rear hatch spoiler All Hatch$1,750 / $1,400
Cargo Tray All$75 / $60
Mazda Navigation (Fleet) All$400 / $0
Rear Parking Sensors All$495 / $396
Auto-Dimming Mirror W/CompassElectrochromatic rearview mirror with compass All$175 / $140
Auto-Dimming Mirror W/Compass And HomelinkElectrochromatic rearview mirror with Homelink universal remote transmitter and compass All$300 / $240
Door Mirror Cap Credit For Jet Black All$-100 / $-80
Door Sill Trim Plates All$125 / $100
Wheel Locks All$55 / $44
Interior Lighting KitWhite LED footwell area illumination for driver and front passenger All$300 / $240
Rear Bumper Guard All$100 / $80

Available Colors

Mazda 3 Exterior Colors:

Eternal Blue Mica
 
Machine Gray Metallic
 
Sonic Silver Metallic
 
Titanium Flash Mica
 
Soul Red Metallic
 
Jet Black Mica
 
Deep Crystal Blue Mica
 
Snowflake White Pearl Mica
 

Mazda 3 Interior Colors:

Parchment Leather
 
Black Leather
 

Safety Features

Traction control
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Dusk sensing headlamps
Front and rear head airbags
Engine immobilizer
Tire pressure monitoring
Turn signal mirrors
Dual front side-mounted airbags
2 front headrests
Stability control
Rear center 3-point belt
Pre-collision safety system
Child seat anchors
4-wheel ABS
Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes
Post-collision safety system
Emergency braking assist
Rear height adjustable headrests
3 rear headrests
Front fog/driving lights
Emergency braking preparation
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Rear door child safety locks
Daytime running lights

IISH Information
(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings)

Side impact test - Good

Roof Strength Test - Good

Rear crash protection/head restraint - Good

IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results - Good

IIHS Moderate Overlap Front Test Results - Good

Mechanical Features

Engine: 2.5liter
Cylinders: 4
Displacement: 2488
Horsepower: 184
Valves: 16
Torque: 185
Fuel: Regular Unleaded
Transmission: 6 speed MANUAL
Drive Type: Front Wheel Drive

Recalls

Mazda 3 Recalls Issued - 2017

No recalls issued
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