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2017 Mazda MAZDA3 KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor


The 2017 Mazda3 breaks the mold for compact cars and sets new standards for the segment. Fuel-efficient and a blast to drive, the Mazda3 is a reasonably priced small car filled with high-end features, a handsome interior and offers an advanced set of safety and driver-assist features usually associated with high-end luxury cars. With better handling than a Toyota Corolla and sleeker styling than a VW Golf, the 2017 Mazda3 covers a lot of different bases. On the flip side, the Corolla and Hyundai Elantra have more interior room, the Honda Civic gets better gas mileage while the VW GTI offers more power. Need better traction in winter? The Subaru Impreza comes with standard all-wheel drive (AWD).

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2017 Mazda3 compact sedan is the kind of car that satisfies many needs. It can be a frugal economy car, yet still satisfy the most demanding enthusiast. A sleek exterior is matched by a handsome interior, with plenty of cutting-edge safety and convenience features from which to choose.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Mazda’s Mazda3 for 2017 isn’t big on rear-seat legroom, at least not when compared to the Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra or Toyota Corolla. Those seeking AWD will have to look to the CX-3 crossover SUV, or a Subaru such as the Crosstrek or Impreza.

What's New for 2017

For 2017, the Mazda3 sees some shuffling of features, trim names and packaging, as well as a modest exterior and interior makeover. G-Vectoring control is made standard, as is an electronic parking brake, while cars equipped with the 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine and automatic transmission receive a Sport Mode function.

Driving It Driving Impressions

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. Unlike the VW GTI or Ford Focus ST, the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback don’t sacrifice a smooth, comfortable ride at the altar of great handling. The 6-speed manual is one of the best in the industry and is matched in efficiency and fun by the 6-speed automatic with manual mode. The Touring 2.5 and Grand Touring’s 2.5-liter engine offers a bit more power with only a few miles-per-gallon sacrifice at the pump. Although we understand why everyone is moving to an electronic parking brake, this is one car we’d prefer keep the manual pull-handle type.

Favorite Features

MAZDA CONNECT INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
A large color LCD screen permanently affixed to the dash pad displays controls for the phone, audio, apps and optional navigation. Control is managed via an easy-to-reach-and-operate rotary knob on the lower console, just like some of the finest luxury brands, and it comes standard.

ADVANCED SAFETY EQUIPMENT
The 2017 Mazda3 includes a suite of advanced safety options including high-beam control, lane-departure warning system, lane-keep assist, Mazda radar cruise control with Smart Brake Support and Traffic Sign Recognition. Better yet, Mazda offers these systems with either the manual or automatic transmission.


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