2017 Mazda Mazda3 Buyer's Guide
Exceptionally stylish and fun from day one, the third-generation Mazda3 now boasts the most attractive interior in the class, excellent fuel economy and an infotainment system as good as you'll find in any of its competitors. Highway ride might be a bit stiff for some -- the typical compromise for more responsive handling -- but if good looks and big fun are at the top of your compact car wish list, the well-rounded Mazda3 will blow you away with everything else it offers.
Gorgeous Inside, Outside and Everywhere Else
Exceptionally stylish and fun from day one, the Mazda3 boasts the most attractive interior in the class and an infotainment system as good as you'll find in any of its competitors. Highway ride might be a bit stiff for some -- the typical compromise for more responsive handling -- but if good looks and big fun are at the top of your compact car wish list, the well-rounded Mazda Mazda3 will blow you away with everything else it offers. For 2017, the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback receive revised styling, as well as Mazda's new G-Vectoring Control.
"Thanks to Mazda’s innovative Skyactiv powertrain and chassis design, the 2017 Mazda3 is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient. You’ll have to rev the engine high to get the most from its limited power, but the Mazda3’s precise steering, finely honed suspension and strong brakes assure a good time once up to speed." Find out more in our 2017 Mazda3 full review.
The Mazda3 kept its rightful spot atop our most recent list of 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000. The Mazda3 has held a spot on that list every single year since it debuted for the 2004 model year. It is also one of our 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000.
New to the 2017 Mazda3 is the company's G-Vectoring Control, designed to improve vehicle stability and dynamics. It is a subtle technology that affects weight distribution as you drive. It makes a difference when zipping around on twisty roads, but also provides a smoother ride and reduces driving fatigue on longer commutes.
KBB.com visitor and Mazda3 owner Bunny has this to say about Mazda's stylish compact car: "I absolutely adore this car. I wish it had more hp and possibly adjustable headrest (tilt). Other than that I am in love with this car from day 1. Would buy another mazda 3 anyday!" Read more Mazda3 consumer reviews.
Build and Price
2017 Mazda3 sticker prices range from just under $19,000 for the Sport to around $30,000 for the Grand Touring with leather seats, navigation and some impressive features like adaptive cruise control. But those are sticker prices. Build and price your own 2017 Mazda Mazda3 to unlock this week's Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
More Compact Cars
Other fun-to-drive favorites in the segment include the Euro-rooted Ford Focus, and the Volkswagen Jetta and Golf. But don't make a move without first visiting our Compact Car Buyer's Guide, where you'll become an instant expert on the category.
2017 Mazda3 Gallery: Inside and Out