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Exterior

As in years past, Mazda is once again offering the 3 in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles. Standard exterior equipment includes not much more than the basics, such as steel 16-inch wheels and power folding side-view mirrors – not terribly impressive. However, the options list is long, with a variety of upscale features on offer, such as upgraded 18-inch alloys and adaptive HID headlights (for a complete breakdown of trim levels and options, check out the Prices section.)

A refreshed exterior is expected to arrive next year, but for now, the 2016 Mazda3 is aesthetically unchanged from the outgoing model, once again exhibiting Mazda’s “Kodo – Soul of Motion” design language. Introduced in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show, the Kodo language first saw production expression with the CX-5 crossover and Mazda6 sedan. When the third-generation Mazda3 was introduced for the 2014 model year, it got the Kodo treatment as well.

The hood line is particularly lengthy, moving the cabin and windshield pillars towards the rear axle in what’s known as a “cab-back” design

The styling cues work well for both the sedan and hatch. Starting in the front, you’ll find a large, trapezoidal grille lined with chrome, visually narrowing the car’s front end with rounded edges that lead the eye downward. A slim lower grille is bookended by optional twin fog lights with chrome surrounds, while narrow headlights sit above, sweeping rearward to help form an X-style fascia.

The hood line is particularly lengthy, moving the cabin and windshield pillars towards the rear axle in what’s known as a “cab-back” design. Viewed from the side, the 3 looks sporty, thanks to a shoulder line and lower crease that suggest a raked stance. This is also enhanced with the fastback roofline.

The rear uses horizontal, oval shapes that lend a sense of width to the car’s stance, including another trapezoidal depression in the hatch’s fifth door. Like the headlights, the taillights are sharp and narrow, wrapping into the car’s profile as a continuation of the shoulder line.

All told, the 3 is a good looking car. The lines are flowing and attractive, tight and smooth, blending sporting intent with a sense of premium refinement. It’s modern and not overly complicated, with just the right amount tasteful flair. Compared to its competitors, the Mazda3 is miles away from the typical dowdy compact.

Exterior Updates for 2017

Looking at the 2017 model, Mazda made some minor adjustments to the exterior design of the car. To start the front fascia and grille is new, which is a little surprising, considering the current look is only a couple years old. The changes are minor, but well worth noting. First, the grille has been updated. The Mazda emblem now sits completely inside the grille instead of overlapping the top edge of the grille. The chrome insert that outlines the grille has also changed, now terminating at the innermost edge of the headlights instead of sitting over the top, inner edge of the headlights. The horizontal louvers in the grille are also a bit larger.

The inserts now feature a much smaller fog lamp assembly while the daytime running lamps now extend toward the air dam.

The fascia itself sports a familiar look, but upon closer inspection there are some changes here. The corner air inlets that house the daytime running lamps and the fog lights are now a little shorter. The inserts now feature a much smaller fog lamp assembly while the daytime running lamps now extend toward the air dam. Furthermore, the air dam has changed, and is now partially overlapped by the grille. The lower corners also swoop upward just a little bit as opposed to coming to a sharp, downward point. Finally, the last change up front are the slightly revised headlamps, which now have a flat inner edge and a redesigned LED strip inside the lens.

Around back there isn’t much to talk about outside of the new rear fascia, which is actually a huge improvement over that of the 2016 model. The reflectors in the fascia are now a bit larker, and that black insert is no much smaller. As such, there is a new character line that connects the reflector on each corner together.

Exterior Updates for 2018

  • Mazda3 Sport sedan model offered with 16-inch alloy wheel package, which comes as standard on the five-door model. The sedan is also offered with power heated side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Mazda3 Touring now gets a dark silver alloy wheel finish
  • Mazda3 Grand Touring gets standard LED fog lights, self-leveling bi-LED headlights LED combination taillights, and LED daytime running lights as standard

Exterior Dimensions

Interior

Inside, the Mazda3 is equipped with the usual gamut of standard features. The windows and door locks are power operated, with a one-touch up/down function for the driver-side window. The climate control includes A/C and a pollen air filter. The steering wheel is fully adjustable, tilting and telescoping for optimal positioning, and the rear seat folds in a 60/40 split.

However, for 2016, Mazda adds several new goodies. A rearview backup camera is now standard across the line, while a variety of premium features, like radar adaptive cruise control, are available as extras.

Infotainment services come courtesy of Mazda’s Connect system, which utilizes a 7-inch color touchscreen mounted centrally on top of the dash for display duties. In addition to tactile commands, this unit also accepts control via a rotary input located on the central tunnel.

Bluetooth connects the user’s smartphone. Automotive audio and electronic provider Harman (which owns the Harman Kardon brand) offers its Aha system to take care of all your apps. There’s text-to-voice software to receive e-mails and text messages without taking your eyes off the road, and voice recognition to respond while keeping your hands on the wheel. There’s also Twitter and Facebook integration to keep you connected no matter where you are. Speaking of which, navigation is an available option.

The cabin feels decently upmarket for the compact segment

Sitting in the driver’s seat, you’ll find a large analog tachometer mounted directly behind the three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel, flanked on either side by complementary digital readouts. There’s also an Active Driving heads-up display that projects onto the windshield to feed the driver quick info (such as speed or navigation) just outside her field of vision.

The cabin feels decently upmarket for the compact segment. Sure, there’s a bit of plastic here and there, but as a whole, the interior is a nice place to be. Red stitching offsets the upholstery in the most visible locations, like the steering wheel and door panels. The trim includes brushed-metal-look surrounds for the shifter, door handle, air vents and gauge cluster, while glossy black provides the backing. The seats offer decent lateral support, and come with both premium cloth and leather as options. You can also get them heated if so inclined.

Taller individuals may have a problem with the Mazda3’s headroom, especially in the rear, where the car’s sloping roofline could create an issue. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) is also a bit of an issue. Mazda used additional sound deadening material to help mitigate this, so the new model is more refined compared to previous years, but those expecting an ultra-quiet, buttery-smooth ride should probably look elsewhere.

For those with a furry companion to consider, Autotrader recently listed the 2016 Mazda3 hatchback in it’s “9 Must-Shop Cars for Dog Lovers,” citing the five-door’s spacious cargo room, generous back seat and impressive safety features as fantastic features for anyone living the pawed lifestyle.

Interior Updates for 2017

There are some changes to discuss on the interior of the 2017 Mazda 3 as well. To start off, the trim inserts on the door panels and dash have been revised. There is also a new steering wheel. While the steering wheel might look familiar, the bottom spoke now features a shiny finish with a larger center opening while the side spokes have a sleeker button layout with a small chrome insert outlining each button panel. The instrument cluster doesn’t appear to have changed too much, but the tachometer in the center now has a cleaner appearance to it and actually reflects the engine’s true redline limit.

the trim inserts on the door panels and dash have been revised

Moving over to the central interior area, the most notable change comes in the form of an updated center console. The higher-end trims now feature an electric parking brake and a retractable lid over the cup holders / storage area. The cubby ahead of the shifter is also larger thanks to the deletion of the pop-out tray found on the 2016 model. The HVAC controls have been revised to include slightly smaller knobs that feature a chrome finish to them. The button panel just above the HVAC controls has also been revised – all told, this area looks more modern than before. One last change I want to mention is the update to the infotainment screen. While the screen size hasn’t changed, the overall look has been modernized. By that I mean that there is less of an opening on each side of the screen, which makes the screen look like it is hovering above the dash. The Frame around the screen is now darker and glossy, which increase the modern feel even more. In all honesty, this is how the Mazda 3 should have looked back in 2014 when it entered its newer generation.

Interior Updates for 2018

  • Mazda3 Sport model comes standard cloth upholstery and 7.0-inch Mazda Connect infotainment screen with Commander control knob, Bluetooth phone and audio pairing, one-touch driver’s side power window, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, and push-button ignition
  • Mazda3 Sport sedan offered with satin chrome interior trim
  • The Mazda3 Touring trim level gets leatherette upholstery for the seats, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Mazda’s Advanced Keyless Entry, six-way power driver’s seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob combo, all as standard
  • Mazda3 Touring gets standard illuminated vanity mirrors and an overhead sunglasses holder. The Touring is also offered with a Bose/Moonroof/Satellite package that throws in a nine-speaker audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio with a four-month subscription, and a one-touch moonroof
  • Mazda3 Grand Touring gets standard leather upholstery finished in either black or parchment coloring, heated front seats, and a color Active Driving Display heads-up unit

Drivetrain

Note: engine from 2015 Mazda3 sedan shown here.

The Mazda3 carries over two Skyactiv engine packages for 2016, including the 155-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder (found in the “i” model) and the 184-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder (found in the “s” model). Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual as standard, or the optional six-speed automatic gearbox. All drivetrain configurations can be had in both the four-door and five-door bodystyle.

Despite the lack of an efficiency-boosting turbocharger, the EPA still rates combined fuel mileage for the 2.5-liter at 29 mpg, while the 2.0-liter gets 33 mpg.

While the extra 30 horsepower is always nice, the biggest difference between the i and the s is in low-end torque. The 2.0-liter puts out 150 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm, while the 2.5-liter makes its 185 pound-feet at 3,250 rpm, which is noticeable when moving to pass or getting frisky in the corners. That said, the 2.0-liter still provides the fun when asked.

While delivering a nice wallop when the hammer is dropped, these engines are also more than capable on the commute. Despite the lack of an efficiency-boosting turbocharger, the EPA still rates combined fuel mileage for the 2.5-liter at 29 mpg, while the 2.0-liter gets 33 mpg. It should be noted the 2.0-liter manages to return an impressive 41 mpg on the highway.

That’s not too bad for natural aspiration, especially when considering how fun the 3 is to drive. Mazda prides itself on building cars that are a joy behind the wheel, and such is the case for the new 3. Tolerating all that NVH when tooling along the highway starts to make sense when you hit the backroads, with the car’s suspension set up nicely to complement the front-engine, FWD driving dynamics and torque-filled NA engine. The steering is designed for quick inputs and a deft touch, while the transmission slots between the gears satisfyingly. There are disc brakes all around, and the body stays level while cornering. Unlike many compacts, this one will delight in taking the long, windy way home, especially the s model, which comes with a Sport button for sharper throttle response and higher revs from the automatic transmission (although the manual is highly suggested for anyone looking to have fun).

Drivetrain and Chassis Updates for 2017

For 2017, the Mazda 3 will now get G-Vectoring Control (GVC)

There is only one real update in this department to talk about, but it’s a pretty big deal, so don’t fret just yet. For 2017, the Mazda 3 will now get G-Vectoring Control (GVC) which ties the engine, transmission, chassis, and body together to “enhance the car’s Jinba Ittai feel.” In other words, the car will automatically adjust the engine’s ignition timing and engine torque based on steering inputs to make the car feel more spirited when cornering. The Mazda 3 also gets the i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive system which takes in road conditions and weather in coordination with inputs from the driver to determine the torque split between the front and rear wheels. Like I said before, there aren’t massive updates in this department, but the updates are welcomed and a nice edition to come from a minor update such as this.

Drivetrain Updates for 2018

  • Mazda3 mid-grade Touring trim gets standard Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter engine with 184 horsepower, expanding the availability of the more powerful engine from the Mazda3 Touring 2.5 five-door and Grand Touring model.

Drivetrain Specifications

Prices

All listed trim levels and packages are available with either the four-door or five-door bodystyle, with the hatch receiving a $700 price increase over the sedan across the board. Dealership deliveries began in late July.

i Sport

The entry-level 2016 Mazda3 is the i Sport sedan with a six-speed manual transmission, starting at $17,845 – an MSRP reduction of $600 over last year’s i Sport. Despite the cheaper price, the 2016 model is equipped with more standard features. It should be noted, however, that Mazda ditched the vanilla-grade, sub-$17,000 SV trim level this year, effectively raising the entry price.

That said, the i Sport does come with a lot of nice features, like the Mazda Connect infotainment system and associated 7-inch screen, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity and a six-speaker stereo. There’s also cruise control (radar cruise control is optional in the Technology Package), keyless entry, a trip computer and a single button starter.

Preferred Equipment Package

The Preferred Equipment Package is new for 2016, and throws on several features for both the exterior and interior. On the outside, the steel wheels are replaced by 16-inch alloys, the beltline is brightened with new trim, the dual-power side-mirrors are color matched to the body and receive integrated turn signals and a heating function, the headlights get automatic on/off functionality, and the windshield wipers are rain-sensing.

Inside, passengers up front get sport seats upholstered in premium cloth trim, while in the rear there’s an armrest with integrated cup holders. Safety is also enhanced thanks to Blind Spot Monitoring and a Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Pricing is an extra $1,000.

Touring

The Touring trim retains all of the features from the Preferred Equipment Package, but throws a little more on top. The exterior gets halogen fog lamps, while the sedan model also gets a tasteful rear spoiler.

Inside, additional features include Mazda’s Advanced keyless entry, which differs from the standard keyless entry system with “request switches” placed on the door handles, allowing access without requiring the user to take the key fob out of their pocket. The Advanced system also allows for additional customizability (such as unlocking all the doors with a single request) through the Mazda Connect infotainment system.

The Touring package adds leather and contrast stitching to the steering wheel, shift knob and handbrake handle. There’s also a moonroof. Finally, the Touring model is the cheapest Mazda3 trim level equipped with the more potent 2.5-liter engine.

Pricing starts at $20,045 for the i Touring sedan with a six-speed manual transmission.

Popular Equipment Package

The Popular Equipment Package is also new for 2016, available for Mazda3 models at the Touring trim level. This package adds a variety of infotainment system upgrades, such as a Bose nine-speaker surround sound stereo equipped with Centerpoint 2 and AutoPilot technology. There’s also SiriusXM satellite radio, complete with a free four-month subscription, and a CD player. Climate control is enhanced with an automatic dual-zone system for the driver and front passenger, while the interior rearview mirror gets an auto-dimming function. Finally, a shark fin antenna is present on the roof.

Pricing is an extra $1,100.

Grand Touring

At the top of the line is the Grand Touring trim level, which is available for both the 2.0-liter i models and 2.5-liter s models. However, appointment differs depending on which power plant is picked.

For the i Grand Touring, the front seats receive a heating function and leatherette upholstery, while the infotainment system gets navigation. Meanwhile, the s Grand Touring also gets navigation and heated front seats, but replaces the leatherette with real leather upholstery. The s Grand Touring also gets sporty-looking 18-inch wheels and adaptive HID headlights, both very nice features for this segment.

Pricing starts at $22,545 for the i Grand Touring sedan with a six-speed manual transmission.

Technology Package

Anyone looking to spec out their Mazda3 Grand Touring to the fullest can opt for the Technology Package, an option only available on models equipped with the 2.5-liter engine. This package includes Mazda’s i-Eloop, an energy regeneration system that converts kinetic braking energy into electricity, feeding a battery that powers the vehicle’s accessories, boosting fuel-efficiency in the process.

The Technology Package also throws in Mazda’s i-ActiveSense features. These are designed to improve safety, and are usually found above the compact segment. They include Smart City Brake Support for stop-and-go traffic, Forward Obstruction Warning, a Lane Departure Warning System, and automatic High Beam Control. Finally, the cruise control is enhanced with an adaptive radar system.

Pricing is an extra $2,600.

Prices Update for 2018

  • Mazda3 Touring mid-grade trim level gets more equipment than before
  • Mazda3 Grand Touring offered with the Premium Equipment Package, which lumps together several previously separate features into one package. These include a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System, heated steering wheel, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), the Mazda navigation system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink capability, High Beam Control, a Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

2018 Mazda3 Prices

2017 Mazda3 Prices

Safety

Anyone worried about vehicle safety will be more than satisfied with the Mazda3’s crash-test ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety deemed the 2015 Mazda3 as a Top Safety Pick+, with the car earning its highest results in small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints and seat crashworthiness. While the Institute has yet to rate the 2016 model, similar results are expected. That said, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the 2016 Mazda3 with its highest five-star safety rating.

All 2016 models are equipped with an extensive airbag system as standard, including front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags. Combined with a post-collision safety system, emergency braking assist and the optional i-ActivSense safety features, the 3 is considered one of the safest cars in its segment.

Safety Updates for 2018

  • Entry-level Mazda 3 Sport model comes standard with standard Smart City Brake Support
  • Mazda3 Sport sedan offered with Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • The Mazda3 Touring trim level gets Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and automatic headlights as standard

Competition

Volkswagen Golf R

No matter where you’re going or what you’re doing, Volkswagen has you covered with the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R. Spanning seven generations, the latest model is a bit longer, lower and larger on the inside. Buyers can choose between either a 1.8-liter turbo gasoline power plant or a 2.0-liter TDI oil burner. Alternately, you could go for the more exhilarating GTI model. Each has handsome styling and the feeling of upscale quality over competitors. However, you’ll need to pay to get the same fun as a base model Mazda3.

Read our full review of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R here.

Ford Focus

Note: 2016 Ford Focus RS shown here.

In the game of do-it-all compacts, Ford is one of the biggest players with its Focus. Efficient, neatly styled, and sporting a well-tuned chassis, the Focus comes as both a four-door sedan and five-door hatch. Under the hood is either a 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-banger, or the more mpg-friendly 123-horsepower 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder. Buyers can opt for the six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox or a five-speed manual. While speed lovers will need to shell out serious coin to get into the supercar-esque 2016 Ford Focus RS, the base model can be had for as little as $17,170.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

Without a doubt, the Mazda3’s greatest strength is how much fun it is to drive. The zoom-zoom company has a history of putting out models with a healthy dose of sporting intent, and it shows with the 3. The car is responsive, lively, and simply begs for a little tossing around.

However, while other nippy compacts concede safety, efficiency or price to get that speed, the 3 doesn’t. Even without the optional safety equipment of the Technology Package, the 3’s crashworthiness is one of the highest in the segment. Both its engine packages return solid mileage, especially the 2.0-liter. And starting at $17,845, it’s hard to beat the value, especially when considering standard features like Connect infotainment, six-speaker audio and Bluetooth connectivity.

The biggest drawback would have to be the slightly bumpier, noisier ride, a direct result of the fun-in-the-corners characteristics. But if you can tolerate a bit of jostling every so often, you’ll be rewarded with a compact that really can do it all.

  • Love it

    • Sporty performance
    • Nice interior
    • Looks good
    • Solid features, both standard and optional
  • Leave it

    • Interior NVH
    • Refresh expected soon
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What It Is: Mazda’s aging, yet still excellent, compact 3 sedan. Also available as a hatchback, the attractive, fun-to-drive 3 earned a spot on our 10Best Cars list for several years after its most recent redesign. Although the 3 eventually ceded its position to newer models, Mazda’s incremental updates have helped the car defy its age. The 3 underwent a mild freshening for 2017. This year, Mazda expanded availability of the 184-hp 2.5-liter inline-four engine from the Grand Touring trim (tested here) to the mid-level Touring, and the automaker also more intelligently allocated equipment and options on every model. The entry-level Sport model keeps its 155-hp 2.0-liter four and is still well equipped.

Why We Tested It and How It Performed: When we last tested a Mazda 3 with this powertrain, it turned out to be the quickest one we had gathered numbers on. The 2018 Mazda 3 evaluated here was equipped almost identically to that car, and it served up similarly impressive performance. The trip to 60 mph took an additional 0.2 second (7.0 seconds flat), and the other dynamic measurements were comparable to other 3s we’ve tested over the years. The standard six-speed manual transmission can’t match the well-tuned six-speed automatic’s quickness, although drivers seeking a little extra engagement would do well to check it out. Bonus: Opting for the stick shift saves you $1050.

What We Like: We’re fans of the 3’s aspirational quality, the idea that it’s trying to elevate the notion of the compact car. Every Mazda 3, no matter which engine it has, delivers driving satisfaction unmatched by any regular-grade competitor. (Hopped-up versions of the Volkswagen Golf and the Honda Civic, the GTI and the Civic Si, are similarly fun—and quicker.) In spite of the suspension’s tight control over body motions and lean in corners, the 3 is everyday comfortable. Glance at the interior and you’d think the Mazda costs thousands more than it actually does, so thoughtful and expensive-looking is the detailing—particularly in the range-topping Grand Touring trim seen here.

What We Don’t Like: As much as we appreciate Mazda’s noble intentions for the 3, they result in a few practical sacrifices.The back seat, for one, is tighter than you’ll find in the less swoopy-looking Honda Civic or Volkswagen Golf. Wind, road, and tire noise in the cabin at speed remains on the high side for the class. And as nice as Mazda’s infotainment system looks—the 7.0-inch color display sits proud of the dashboard, iPad-style—its menu structure can complicate common tasks such as changing a radio station.

Verdict: A compact car many of our staffers would put in their own driveways.

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED: $27,085 (base price: $22,030)

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-capable inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 152 cu in, 2488 cc
Power: 184 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 180.3 in
Width: 70.7 in Height: 57.3 in
Passenger volume: 95 cu ft
Trunk volume: 12 cu ft
Curb weight: 3094 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 7.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 19.2 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 32.8 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 7.3 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.7 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.5 sec @ 92 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 132 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 165 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.85 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 28 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
Combined/city/highway: 30/27/36 mpg


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Mazda has been building a solid reputation for themselves lately by making premium fun-to-drive cars at competitive prices. Their products are generally the most engaging to drive in their class and offer premium technology that isn’t generally found in competitor cars. The story isn’t much different for one of the oldest models in their lineup, the 3. When the current third-generation 3 was launched in 2014, it was applauded for its excellent driving dynamics and high-quality interior, positioning the car at the top of its class. But since then, competitors like Honda, Hyundai and Chevrolet have redesigned their competing cars, giving the 3 a run for its money.

What put the Mazda 3 ahead of its class was its fun-to-drive compact with sporty handling and attractive looks. To delight, not much has changed with the introduction of the current third generation of the Mazda 3. The car is still arguably one of the most engaging cars in its class and benefits from Mazda’s elegant and attractive Kodo design language. As with the rest of their lineup, the Mazda 3 maintains a very premium look with its almost conservative styling theme. The 3 is well proportioned too, with a long front end and very short rear boot lid, almost reminiscent of the second generation Lexus IS. The beautiful LED headlights have chrome accents that flow into the grille and give the car a more agressive look up front. In comparison to cars like the Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic, which are a bit over-styled for my taste, the 3 looks a bit more upper echelon.

The interior is where the 3 really knocks it out of the park. Over the course of the week I had it, all of my passengers were shocked by the high level of build quality and the elegant design of the interior. Although I’m not much of a fan of the fixed screen which pops up from the dash, the overall design of the interior has a very sophisticated look to it. I found the cockpit itself very comfortable, having enough head and knee room, but the backseat was tiny in comparison to most competitors. The infotainment system looked a bit dated, lacking Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and was slow at times — although straightforward and simple to use overall. My top-trim Grand Touring model was equipped with a beautiful two-tone parchment and black leather interior, which made the 3 look like it cost twice as much more than it really did, giving it an elegant and upscale look.

The Mazda 3’s powertrain is where it shines most though. It’s evident that Mazda has gone through great lengths to ensure the 3 is a true driver-focused car. The 3 is no performance car — it doesn’t compete with sporty compacts like the Honda Civic SI or Volkswagen GTI — but it handles almost as good. In large part, this is is due to Mazda’s SkyActiv G-Vectoring control, a program that makes the front tires respond sharply to steering inputs by briefly diminishing engine torque when going around a corner. The 3 is no slouch either; the peppy engine in the vehicle I tested makes 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (also available is the base 2.0 liter 4 cylinder making 155 horsepower) and will hit 60 mph in around 7 seconds. The presence of a sharp-shifting 6-speed automatic over a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) made driving with an automatic all the more fun (also available is a slick 6-speed manual). Its excellent handling and steering feel assert it at the top of its class, dynamically, with the Volkswagen Golf.

Despite being one of the older entrants in its class, the Mazda 3 is still loaded with technology. For 2018, all 3’s get forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard in addition to the already standard rearview camera and other infotainment features. My top-of-the-line Grand Touring model had every option checked off, coming with a blind spot monitoring system, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, a Bose premium sound system, a head-up display with traffic sign recognition, navigation and a radar-assisted cruise control. Some of these features can’t even be had as an option on competitors and are typically found on much more expensive cars. The 3 sedan starts at an affordable $18,095 while the available 5-door hatchback starts at $19,345.

While the 3 is a very well-polished all-around compact sedan, it does have its shortcomings (albeit very few). While the 3 does come packed with plenty of equipment, it was missing some small features like cooled seats and Apple Car Play or Android Auto which can be found on most competitors. The cabin also felt a little loud at highway speeds and the backseat is cramped, especially in comparison to competitors like the Honda Civic. However, many of these minor shortcomings are more than likely going to be addressed when the redesigned 3 goes on sale next year.

The Mazda 3 may be nearing the end of its life cycle but despite being an aging entrant in the highly competitive compact sedan segment, the sporty sedan still manages to remain competitive. The 3’s brilliantly tuned suspension, excellent fuel economy, and well built cabin blend together to create a perfectly packaged driver focused commuter car. It’s that formula that makes the 3 strongly worth considering over most of its competitors and why it sits at the top of my list.

Chief Competitors: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza

The car used in this review was provided courtesy of Mazda USA.

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Steering Feel & Handling 4.5Fit and Finish4.5
Brake Feel 4Features4
Ride 3.5Interior Styling4.5
Value4Exterior Styling 4
Overall4

 

Data Sheet

Engine 2.0-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder; 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder
TransmissionSix-speed Automatic; Six-speed Manual
Horsepower 155hp @ 6000 RPM; 184hp @ 5700 RPM
Torque150lb-ft @ 4000 RPM; 185lb-ft @ 3250 RPM
0-60 7.9 seconds; 6.8 seconds
0-10022.5 seconds; 18.5 seconds
Top Speed132 mph
Fuel Economy 32 city 37 highway; 30 city 36 highway
Base Price$18,095
Price as Tested$28,370

 

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Overview

Mazda’s aging yet still excellent compact 3 sedan returns for 2018 largely unchanged, and that's fine by us. Also available as a hatchback, the attractive, fun-to-drive 3 earned a spot on our 10 Best Cars list for several years after its most recent redesign. The 3 remains a strong entrant in the compact class thanks to good looks, a surprisingly upscale interior, and a sprightly nature that makes it more engaging to drive than many of its peers. Mazda’s incremental updates have helped the car defy its age. While the new Honda Civic and its high-zoot Si and Type R variants have been dominating headlines in the compact-car world lately, the Mazda 3 has kept calm and carried on, seemingly unfazed.

What's New for 2018?

This year, Mazda expanded availability of the 184-hp 2.5-liter inline-four engine from the Grand Touring trim to the mid-level Touring, and the automaker also more intelligently allocated equipment and options on every model. All cars come standard with automated emergency braking.

Pricing

Original MSRP:

  • Mazda3 4-Door Sport: $18,990
  • Mazda3 4-Door Touring: $22,485
  • Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring : $25,640
  • Mazda3 5-Door Sport: $20,240
  • Mazda3 5-Door Touring: $22,785
  • Mazda3 5-Door Grand: $26,390

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The base Sport sedan with a six-speed manual transmission is powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 155 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. It's linked to a standard six-speed manual gearbox; an automatic is optional. The big news for the Touring model is that it now gets the 2.5-liter engine as its standard powertrain. It provides a decent power bump to 184 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3250. The Grand Touring is Mazda’s loaded version of the 3 with a six-speed manual transmission; both sedan and hatchback come standard with the 2.5-liter engine, and an automatic transmission is a $1050 upcharge. The 2018 Mazda 3 we tested was equipped served up impressive performance. The standard six-speed manual transmission can’t match the well-tuned six-speed automatic’s quickness to 60 mph, although drivers seeking a little extra engagement would do well to check it out. Bonus: opting for the stick shift saves you $1050. Every Mazda 3, no matter which engine it has, delivers driving satisfaction unmatched by any regular-grade competitor. In spite of the suspension’s tight control over body motions and lean in corners, the 3 is everyday comfortable.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy testing and reporting procedures have changed over time. For the latest numbers on current and older vehicles, visit the EPA’s website and select Find & Compare Cars.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Glance at the interior and you’d think the Mazda costs thousands more than it actually does, so thoughtful and expensive-looking is the detailing—particularly in the range-topping Grand Touring trim. As much as we appreciate Mazda’s noble intentions for the 3, they result in a few practical sacrifices. The back seat, for one, is tighter than you’ll find in the less swoopy-looking Honda Civic or Volkswagen Golf. Wind, road, and tire noise in the cabin at speed remains on the high side for the class. The Touring has leatherette seats—heated in front—plus blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. In addition to everything listed as standard and optional on the lower trims, the Grand Touring has black or off-white leather seats, a color head-up display, and all-LED exterior lighting. For those who still aren’t satisfied and need more, the $1600 Premium Equipment package adds navigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, and traffic-sign recognition, plus adaptive front headlights, a heated steering wheel, and paddle shifters (with the automatic transmission).

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Sport comes equipped with a 7.0-inch infotainment screen, push-button start, Bluetooth phone and audio, and cloth seats. As nice as Mazda’s infotainment system looks—the 7.0-inch color display sits proud of the dashboard, iPad-style—its menu structure can complicate common tasks such as changing a radio station. A $1500 option package on Touring buys a nine-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a sunroof.

Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings

For more information about the Mazda 3’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

Warranty

Some older vehicles are still eligible for coverage under a manufacturer's Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program. For more information visit our guide to every manufacturer's CPO program.

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Exterior Specs

The 2018 Mazda3 5-Door is a compact hatchback with a small footprint. With a total length of 180 inches, the 3 will fit just about anywhere. Yet, thanks to its wheelbase of 106.3 inches and track of 61 inches, it has a stable ride at highway speeds and around corners. Best of all, the car is pretty light at only 3,098 pounds. That means its 184-horsepower four-cylinder has less to move. It also helps with fuel economy, too.

Interior Specs

As compact as the Mazda3’s exterior is, its interior is impressively spacious. Front occupants have a good amount of room, with 42.2 inches of legroom and 38.6 inches of headroom. And despite the car’s track being only 61 inches wide, the front occupants enjoy 57.2 inches of shoulder room.

Rear passengers have a bit less room, though, measuring 35.8 inches in legroom, 37.6 inches of headroom, and 54.4 inches of shoulder room. Still, the back seat is just fine for kids and will easily accommodate two adults on anything shorter than a road trip.

The 5-Door’s advantage is cargo room. There are 20.2 cubic-feet of cargo room behind the second row and 47.1 cubic feet of room with the 60/40-split bench folded flat.

Drivetrain Specs

While the Mazda3 comes standard with a 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder, the Touring and Grand Touring trims come with the more powerful 2.5-liter SkyActive four. The engine makes 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 pound-feet of torque at only 3,250 rpm. A silky smooth six-speed manual comes standard, but the optional six-speed automatic transmission is available.

The sprint to 60 mph takes only 6.8 seconds, and its top speed is listed at 130 mph. Fuel economy is slightly more impressive, though not class-leading. The EPA estimates the Mazda3 5-Door with the automatic at 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. Staying with the manual transmission reduces each figure my one mpg.

Pricing Specs

The 2018 Mazda3 5-Door starts at $19,345. Comparatively speaking, that’s a reasonable price. The Volkswagen Golf starts at $20,715, the Honda Civic Hatchback starts at $19,730, the Hyundai Elantra GT starts at $20,235, and the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback starts at $22,195.

My Grand Touring tester with the automatic transmission carries a base price of $24,945. Several á la carte options add cost, but also add convenience and style. These items include the $75 cargo mat, the $300 Soul Red Paint, the $100 rear bumper guard, the $125 scuff plates and door sill trim plates, and the big one – the $1,600 Premium Equipment Package.

The Premium Equipment Package adds navigation, paddle shifters, adaptive front lighting, smart brake support, radar cruise control, traffic sign recognition, auto-dim rearview mirror with HomeLink, a heated steering wheel, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Needless to say, that $1,600 is well spent.

References

Mazda3

The Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door Gives New Meaning to Affordable Luxury

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda3.

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Mark McNabb

Mark McNabb was a contributor at TopSpeed from 2013 to 2018. Growing up, Mark always had a mind for tinkering on random items throughout his home and dad’s garage, including a 1953 Ford Mainline and 1971 Corvette Stingray.  Read full bio

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