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the latest Mazda 3 reasserts its place as a premier choice for a small sedan or hatchback.
- Edmunds.com

The Mazda3 is a premium compact car, offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles. It's exciting to drive, features a striking appearance, and is equipped with unexpected luxury and technology features not typically found in its class.

The Mazda3 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The two powertrain choices are a 155-hp 2.0-liter direct injection SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine, or a 184-hp 2.5-liter direct injection SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine; both are offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with sport mode. Trim-dependent standard equipment includes: a power moonroof, 18-inch aluminum wheels, passive entry/start, heated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD/satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless phone/audio streaming and a 7-inch color touchscreen display. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control, and forward collision mitigation, as well as six airbags. Enhanced technologies, such as lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, radar cruise control and traffic sign recognition, are also available.

Following a refresh last year, the Mazda3 carries over with minimal changes for 2018. Most notably, Smart City Brake Support is now standard on all models, while the Grand Touring gets distinctive new auto-levelling LED headlights and LED daytime running lights.

Introduction

The Mazda3 is an extremely popular front-wheel-drive compact hatchback and sedan, for good reasons.It has standout styling, superb driving dynamics, and terrific value.

Mazda3 got a bunch of improvements for the 2017 model year.For 2018, there are few changes.Automatic emergency braking becomes standard equipment on the 2018 Mazda3.

Mazda3 competes with the Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic and Ford Focus, and we think it's the most fun.

Called Smart City Brake, Mazda's automatic emergency braking system can prevent a collision at speeds up to 12 miles per hour.There's an optional system called Smart Brake that can stop the car at higher speeds.More available safety equipment for 2018 includes active lane control and automatic headlights.

The base engine that comes in the Mazda3 Sport model is a 2.0-liter four cylinder making 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque.Mazda3 Touring and Grand Touring models get a 2.5-liter making 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet.The engines are mated to either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission that makes the most of the power.

Fuel mileage for both engines is outstanding, rated by the EPA at 28/37 miles per gallon City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined for the 2.0-liter engine with automatic, and, more impressively, about the same for the 2.5-liter.Both engines have high compression ratios, but don't require premium gasoline like many other small cars with high-compression engines, Subaru to name one.That's another impressive and important thing, often overlooked when it comes to value.

The Mazda3 was named Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS.All-wheel drive is not available on the Mazda3, or most compacts (Subaru being the main exception in the class).

Lineup

The 2018 Mazda3 comes as sedan or hatchback in Sport ($17,845), Touring ($20,045), and Grand Touring ($22,545) models.

The Sport is well equipped with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, rearview camera, Bluetooth, keyless ignition, steering-wheel audio controls, internet radio, 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, and 16-inch wheels.

Touring and Grand Touring models get the more powerful engine and more features.

Walkaround

The Mazda3 is distinctive and stylish with its cab-back design, including a long hood that makes it look more costly than it is.There's also a raked windshield, sweeping roofline and high tail contributing to the sleek and athletic shape of the hatchback.The shoulder line rises and meets pointy taillamps on a rounded hatch.We love it in white.

This styling is a result of some re-touching in 2017 with a lowered front fascia, pushed-up grille, and trimmer foglamps and turn signals.At the rear, a cleaner bumper eliminated some cladding.

Meanwhile, the sedan looks more like a rear-wheel-drive car, than front-wheel drive.

The hatch is especially stylish.

Interior

The cabin materials are excellent, with the exception of a flimsy headliner and plastic door inserts.There are four seating materials: cloth, upgraded cloth, leatherette (vinyl), and leather.The perforated leather in the Grand Touring is luxury level.

The controls on the instrument panel are arranged symmetrically around the driver, with an available head-up display to complete the efficiency and driver focus.We like the electronic emergency brake.The throttle pedal is hinged at the bottom like the pedals of an organ (or a Mercedes-Benz).

The front seats are supportive and comfortable, among the best in the class, with lower cushions for longer legs.The seatbacks afford a natural sitting position and good lateral support.Legroom in the rear is slim, however, with only 35.8 inches.

There's a lot of content for the price, especially on the touchscreen, but it would be nice if the infotainment were better.

The sedan offers 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk.

That's nothing compared to the hatchback's 20.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat.The rear seat in the hatch folds down to create 47.1 cubic feet of cargo space, about the same as the Chevy Cruze hatchback, not far off from the cargo capacity of a small SUV.

Driving Impressions

The standard 2.0-liter engine is reasonably responsive, with a consistent and linear throttle pedal, but it has a high torque curve with a maximum of 150 pound-feet, so the power doesn't come on strong until 4000 rpm, which makes it awkward and less responsive around town.The standard 6-speed manual transmission helps, but not without work.

The power in the 2.5-liter is more available at lower rpm, while the torque max is 185 pound-feet, a difference you can definitely feel over the 150.This engine never gets caught flat-footed.The fact that it gets nearly the same fuel mileage as the 2.0-liter makes the 2.5 a better call.And it's so very smooth.

The manual transmission is standard, and it's a good one, as it shifts neatly and precisely, with a clutch take-up that's easy and clean.But with the 2.5-liter engine we prefer the 6-speed automatic that shifts with paddles, and with the decisiveness of a dual-clutch automatic-manual transmission.

The ride is a bit busier than most compact cars, and a bit harsh.We've found it's smoother with the standard 16-inch wheels and tires.

The electric power steering, like other steer-by-wire systems, does not enhance dynamic driving due to its lack of feedback to driver, and the electro-hydraulic system in the previous generation was better in that regard.The electric system offers a strong sense of center at lower speeds and out of corners, but it doesn't do well on oddly crowned roads, and it doesn't track all that well at highway speeds, calling for frequent small adjustments to keep the car straight.(Some of that could be due to tires.)

These cars handle well and are enjoyable to drive in a spirited manner, probably.

Part of what makes them enjoyable to drive comes from the engine management system called G-Vectoring Control, which modulates torque to the front wheels based on steering input, to reduce body roll and improve directional stability.It also squeezes on the brakes to shift weight forward onto the front wheels to carve a tighter line around corners.It's all magic, in that you can't feel it happening, you only feel the result.

Driving Impression

If you want to criticize the Mazda3, you might find a smallish rear seat, limited infotainment, and slightly bumpy ride.But the many significant positives overwhelm those flaws.Stylish looks in the hatchback that move it out of the realm of compact or economy car.Precise handling that comes from the invisible G-vectoring Control.Comfortable front seats and driver-focused instrument panel.Huge cargo space in the hatchback.Best safety rating.But most of all, awesome 2.5-liter engine with a top-notch 6-speed paddleshifting automatic transmission, and stunning fuel mileage.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Summary

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ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
Premium Brand SpeakersBose
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
RadioAM/FM/HD/Satellite-prep
RadioAM/FM/HD/Satellite-prep
Radio Data SystemYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Surround AudioYes
Total Number of Speakers9
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric TypePremium cloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 3Premium cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimPiano black
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather/metal-look
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controlAdaptive cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).26 cD
Front Head Room956 mm
Front Hip Room1,411 mm
Front Leg Room1,073 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,452 mm
Front track1,555 mm
Overall height1,455 mm
Overall Length4,580 mm
Overall Width1,796 mm
Rear Head Room952 mm
Rear Hip Room1,360 mm
Rear Leg Room909 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,382 mm
Rear track1,560 mm
Wheelbase2,700 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportManual
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Manual Adjustments6
Power Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.85
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Compression Ratio13.00 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement152 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power184 hp
Keyless IgnitionPush button start only
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM5,700 RPM
Max Torque RPM3,250 RPM
Size2.5 L
Torque251 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome accents
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City9.3 L/100 km
Combined8.2L/100 km
Highway6.9 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
TransmissionManual
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
Blind Spot SensorAdvanced Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM) warning
Blind Spot SensorAdvanced Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM) warning
ClockIn-dash
ClockIn-dash
External tempExternal temperature display
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionSmart City Brake Support mitigation
Forward CollisionSmart Brake Support mitigation
Forward CollisionSmart City Brake Support mitigation
Head-up displayHead-up display
Lane Departure WarningActive
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear CollisionRear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) warning
Rear CollisionRear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) warning
Rear View CameraYes
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Adaptive headlightsAdaptive headlights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Self-leveling headlightsSelf-leveling
Self-leveling headlightsSelf-leveling
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Roof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
SunroofExpress open glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryPremium cloth
UpholsteryLeather
Security
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
Navigation systemWith voice activation
smart device integrationMAZDA CONNECT
smart device integrationMAZDA CONNECT
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter18.0"
PrefixP
Profile45
Speed RatingW
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width215 mm
Transmission
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distanceUnlimited km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distanceUnlimited km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months84 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place350 L
Curb weight1,361 kg
EPA interior volume2,727 L
Fuel Capacity50 L
Ground clearance155 mm
Max cargo capacity350 L
Turning radius5 m
Wheels
Diameter18
Diameter18
Rim TypePainted aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Width7
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - rain sensingRain sensing
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Navigation system
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Auto high-beam headlights
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Heads up display
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rain sensing wipers
Rear window defroster
Speed limit sign recognition
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather shift knob
Leather upholstery
Manual driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Mazda CA - First Time Owners Program
Mazda3 Sedan
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA - First Time Owners Program
Mazda3 Sedan
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA - First Time Owners Program
Mazda3 Sedan
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA - First Time Owners Program
Mazda3 Sedan
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA - First Time Owners Program
Mazda3 Sedan
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Lease Stackable Cash
Mazda3 Sedan
$1,200 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Lease Stackable Cash
Mazda3 Sedan
$1,200 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Lease Stackable Cash
Mazda3 Sedan
$1,200 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA APR Stackable Cash
Mazda3 Sedan GT MT
$750 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA APR Stackable Cash
Mazda3 Sedan GT MT
$750 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA APR Stackable Cash
Mazda3 Sedan GT MT
$750 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Retail Cash
Mazda3 Sedan
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Retail Cash
Mazda3 Sedan
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Retail Cash
Mazda3 Sedan
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Retail Cash
Mazda3 Sedan
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Retail Cash
Mazda3 Sedan
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Lease Stackable Cash
Mazda3 Sedan
$1,200 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Lease Stackable Cash
Mazda3 Sedan
$1,200 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA APR Stackable Cash
Mazda3 Sedan GT MT
$750 Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA APR Stackable Cash
Mazda3 Sedan GT MT
$750 Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Mazda CA Lease Rates
Mazda3 Sedan
N/A 0% 0% 1% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Lease Rates
Mazda3 Sedan
N/A 0% 0% 1% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Lease Rates
Mazda3 Sedan
N/A 0% 0% 1% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Lease Rates
Mazda3 Sedan
N/A 0% 0% 1% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Lease Rates
Mazda3 Sedan
N/A 0% 0% 1% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Residuals
Mazda3 Sedan GT MT
N/A 36% 27% 20% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Residuals
Mazda3 Sedan GT MT
N/A 36% 27% 20% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Residuals
Mazda3 Sedan GT MT
N/A 36% 27% 20% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Residuals
Mazda3 Sedan GT MT
N/A 36% 27% 20% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Mazda CA Residuals
Mazda3 Sedan GT MT
N/A 36% 27% 20% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

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