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Dawn
J.D. Power
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September 19, 2017
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"I purchased a 2017 Mazda3 5door hatch and love it! This is my second one as my first was totaled when I was sandwitched between two cars and walked away. My favs about this are- gas mileage, auto/manual option, hands free radio/phone, cargo room, body styling. The acceleration is good as it has a sport mode to use when passing and you can switch back. Wouldn't recommend using this all of the time as it eats gas (I learned the HARD way on this folks!). The interior is great, the back seat leg room is great, the cargo area is good and comes with a ""lid"" to hide items in here. As long as Mazda keeps up the good work like this, it's safe to say that I will purchase another one...maybe the sportster next time !!! ;-)"
John
J.D. Power
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August 26, 2017
12,500 miles
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Owned 9 months
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This is all the car my family needs! Drives like a champ when you mash down, but I should have bought the bigger engine. Interior is pretty beautiful and easy to use but piano plastic is hard to clean. Why is there no Android auto? Also the Smart city brake support literally works less than half the time, leaving a yellow light on the dash. For a feature this intermittent, I'd almost prefer a green light when it does work, or if everyone looked at the road and not their phones we could omit the feature, but we don't live in a perfect world... This car is super versatile and really fun to drive!!
Jenny
J.D. Power
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August 23, 2017
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I was looking for an affordable, new car when I found my Mazda 3. The Mazda 3 wasn't on my radar but once I saw it and then test drove it nothing else compared. The car is beautiful and the handling is amazing. I love driving my car every day.
Corina
J.D. Power
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August 22, 2017
4,200 miles
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Owned 3 months
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This car drivers like a dream. Its a smooth easy ride. It also runs like a champ with no electric or mechanical issued as of yet. Traction is sketchy on wet roads sometimes as all cars are but otherwise this car is hands down amazing and the gas mileage is unbelivable.
Marcus
J.D. Power
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August 21, 2017
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This is my 3rd Mazda 3. I haven't had any maintenance issues on any of them. They are extremely reliable and get great gas mileage. I typically get 40 mpg. The new back-up camera is a nice addition to the base model. They handle great and are fun to drive. ZOOM ZOOM!
Shawn
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August 21, 2017
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I have had Mazda's in the past and they have never let me down. I was truly happy that I could get the Mazda 3 5 Door in manual since it is not offered in a lot of cars now.
Johnathon
J.D. Power
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August 20, 2017
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it is a really fun car to drive, and cheap to maintain. only 2 complaints road noise is terrible, and wish it had more power, but i love everything else about it.
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Introduction

The Mazda3, sedan and hatchback, has become a bestseller for good reasons. Good looks and superb driving dynamics make it a compelling front-wheel-drive compact.

The 2017 Mazda3 gets a handful of improvements that should make it even more competitive against rivals like the Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic and Ford Focus.

The styling is freshened for 2017 with a new nose and hatchback tail, and the interior gets a slight once-over, including more sound insulation. Mechanically, there’s a new engine management system called G-Vectoring Control that modulates torque to the front wheels based on steering input, to reduce body roll and improve directional stability.

Base engine is a 2.0-liter four cylinder making 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Higher 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.

The Mazda3 was named Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

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, about the same for the 2.5-liter. Both engines have high compression ratios, but don’t require premium fuel like many other small cars with high-compression engines, Subaru to name one.

All-wheel drive is not available for Mazda3, however.

Model Lineup

The 2017 Mazda3 comes in a choice of sedan and hatchback body styles in Sport ($17,845), Touring ($20,045), and Grand Touring ($22,545) models. A 155-hp 2.0-liter engine is standard, a 184-hp 2.5-liter is optional, with a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic, all front-wheel drive.

Mazda3 Sport is equipped with air conditioning, cloth upholstery, rearview camera, Bluetooth, keyless ignition, steering-wheel audio controls, internet radio, 7.0-inch touchscreen, 16-inch wheels.

Optional safety equipment includes active lane control and automatic headlights.

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The Mazda3 is distinctive on the road, for its cab-back design, its long hood making it look like an expensive car, along with the raked windshield, sweeping roofline and high tail, all maintaining the sleek, athletic shape of the hatchback. The shoulder line rises and meets pointy taillamps on a rounded hatch. The sedan looks more like a rear-wheel-drive car, than front-wheel drive.

The fascia is lower for 2017, and the pushed-up grille draws the eyes. The foglamps and signal lamps are smaller. At the rear, a new bumper gets rid of cladding around the tailpipe.

Interior

The material in the flimsy headliner and plastic door inserts looks like it came from the bargain bin, but the rest of the cabin materials shine.

The front seats are supportive and comfortable, among the best in the class, with lower cushions for longer legs. Cloth, upgraded cloth, leatherette (vinyl), and leather are available. The perforated leather in the Grand Touring is luxury level. Mazda recently redesigned the seatbacks for a more natural sitting position and more lateral support. We think it’s comparable in comfort to its competitors.

There’s 35.8 inches of rear legroom, not much. Rear-seat passengers might be cramped.

The cockpit is focused on the driver, as the controls on the instrument panel are arranged symmetrically around the driver. An available head-up display completes the efficiency for the driver. We like the electronic emergency brake.

There’s a lot of content for the price, especially the touchscreen, so maybe it’s asking too much for that content to be really good, in particular the infotainment. Mazda needs to run down to the Apple store and catch up on stuff.

The sedan offers 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk, which gets laughed at by the hatchback’s 20.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat. It folds down to create 47.1 cubic feet of cargo space, about the same as the Chevy Cruze hatchback. It’s small SUV territory.

Driving Impressions

The standard 2.0-liter engine is reasonably perky, with a consistent and linear throttle pedal, but it has a high torque curve (max torque 150 lb-ft), so the power doesn’t come on strong until 4000 rpm.

The power in the 2.5-liter is more available at lower rpm, while the torque max is 185 lb-ft. The 2.5 liter never gets caught flat-footed. Literally, as throttle pedal is hinged at the bottom like the pedals of an organ (or a Mercedes-Benz).

A 6-speed manual gearbox comes standard with either engine. It snicks neatly and precisely between gears, and the clutch take-up is easy and clean. We also like the 2.5-liter engine with 6-speed automatic transmission because it shifts with paddles, and with the decisiveness of a dual-clutch 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 new 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.)

Summary

We might argue that you can get more car for your money with a Mazda3 than just about anything. Functionality and reliability top the list that importantly includes style, comfort, economy and safety. Translated, that’s a quick 2.5-liter four-cylinder hatchback that brings home 30 mpg, attached to a 6-speed automatic transmission as sharp as a dual clutch, and wrapped in a super-stylish shape, especially in white.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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The fast lines and athletic stance of the Mazda3 convey this compact is a driver’s car. After spending significant time helming the Mazda3 Grand Touring model, it can be said it drives just as sporty as it looks.

In addition to the features found on the lessor equipped Touring trim, the Grand Touring model features auto on/off bi-xenon adaptive headlights, LED combination taillights, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink®, and perforated leather-trimmed seats.

The “sporty appearance backed by performance” theme continues inside the vehicle. A beefy leather-wrapped steering wheel has a substantial hand, while the front seats feature aggressive side bolstering nearing those found in more expensive European cars.

Probably the coolest “wow” feature that comes standard on all Mazda3 trim levels is the Active Driving Display. According to Mazda, “This clear pop-up panel is vertically mounted behind the meter hood to deliver vehicle speed, navigational directions and other related driving information safely within the driver’s line of sight.” If you’ve seen heads-up display in pricier brands, then you understand how cool this feature is from a safety perspective.

Equipment like blind spot monitoring and crash avoidance are just some of the Technology package features you can get on the Grand Touring trim level.

The MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system is simple and a pleasure to use. An intuitive, 7-inch touch screen sits atop the center stack, with a jog wheel located on the center console capable of controlling the system. Bluetooth streaming is further enhanced by a full suite of apps, not limited to favorites such as Aha, Pandora and Stitcher.

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