The Mazda 3 has been a popular choice since its initial release. Described by Mazda as a car ‘born from a love of driving’, the Mazda 3 has been restyled for the 2017 year, and is said to continue to push the limits of innovation and design.
Available as either a sedan or a hatchback, the Mazda 3 combines a sleek, sporty style and dynamic design with several great options. The 2017 model comes with two available four-cylinder SkyActiv engines: a 2-litre or 2.5-litre. While the standard 2-litre can put out 155 horsepower, the larger 2.5-litre pushes 184 horsepower.
There are three trim levels available in the sedan and the Sport hatchback styles—the GX, GS, and GT, with a six-speed manual coming standard on the GT. All three styles on the Sedan come standard with keyless entry and push-button start, power locks and windows, and can seat up to 5 people. Standard features on the Mazda 3 Sport include manual air conditioning, a rear-view camera, and 7” colour touchscreen display.
The all-new Mazda 3 also has a number of innovative safety features through i-ACTIVSENSE, allowing drivers to focus on the road ahead. These features include: Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, Forward Obstruction Warning, Lane-keep Assist System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Advanced Blindspot Monitoring System, Smart City Brake Support, Adaptive Front-lighting System, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The 2017 models also come standard with an “effortless” Infotainment system designed to increase hands-free freedom through easier use and extra features. The Mazda 3, along with all other Mazda models, are Bluetooth capable with steering-wheel-mounted controls that work with voice-commands. Drivers can stream music and make calls through connected devices, along with downloading their mobile phonebook into the infotainment system.
Other safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control, traction control, and hill launch assist.
The 2017 Mazda 3 sedan starts at $15,900 and the Mazda 3 Sport starts at $19, 550.