2017 Mazda Mazda3 review

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Mazda Mazda3 highlights

Customer rating


  • Two peppy engine options 
  • Great handling
  • Good fuel economy


  • Limited rear seat space
  • Firm ride with optional 18-inch wheels
  • Basic navigation system

Mileage (EPA estimate)

25 city, 33 highway, 28 combined

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An elevated entry-level car with plenty of personality

Most entry-level cars don't have a wow factor, but the Mazda3 turns that idea upside down with its impressive styling, peppy engines, and fun-to-drive personality. You have plenty of configurations to choose from with the Mazda3, including whether you want a sedan or hatchback, two different engine options, and plenty of available features. No matter which one you choose, you'll get great fuel economy and a driving experience that'll make you forget everything you know about entry-level vehicles.

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What is new for the 2017 Mazda Mazda3?

  • The Mazda3 is available in a variety of new trims, including the Grand Touring, Sport, and Touring.
  • The I Grand Touring, I Sport, I Touring, S Grand Touring, and S Touring trims have been discontinued for 2017.
  • Mazda3 trims have been upgraded with Rear Spoiler as standard equipment this year.
  • Heated Steering Wheel and Full Roof Rack features are now available as options on select trims.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Mazda Mazda3

1. Get the look you want 

The 2017 Mazda3 is available in two body styles: a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. Both fit five passengers into the cabin and if you fold the backseat flat in the hatchback, you'll get 47.1 cu-ft of cargo space for long trips out of town. Whatever body style you choose, the Mazda3 will look great in your driveway. 

2. Two ecstatic engine options 

The Mazda3 gives you plenty of pep with its two engine options. The Sport trim on the sedan and hatchback comes with a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine generating 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Or opt for the Touring or Grand Touring trims of the hatchback body style to get the larger 2.5L engine with 184 horses and 185 lb-ft of torque.  

3. Great for green-conscious drivers 

Give your gas card a break with the Mazda3. The 2.5L engine paired with the six-speed manual transmission gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined, while the 2.0L engine with an automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg combined.

No matter which engine, body style, or transmission configuration you choose, the Mazda3 treads lightly. 

4. A driver's dream 

The 2017 Mazda3 has plenty to love on the inside, with the base Sport trim coming equipped with a rearview camera, keyless ignition, and a height-adjustable driver's seat. Choose the Touring trim to add keyless entry, a power driver seat, and a forward collision warning and mitigation driver aid.

Shop for the top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim for leather seats and a head-up display.  

5. It's tuned in to tech  

The Mazda3 comes ready to connect your device with Bluetooth® connectivity and a standard seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Pump up the jams on the six-speaker sound system, or find a Mazda3 with the optional Popular Equipment package to get a nine-speaker Bose® sound system. With the 2017 Mazda3, you can tune in to your favorite music and tune everything else out.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2017 Mazda Mazda3 is a car that customers love. They enjoy the gas mileage, the comfort, and the features. The Mazda 3 is an excellent car for someone who wants a good deal on fuel economy without sacrificing performance or luxury amenities.

RepairPal gave the Mazda Mazda3 an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Mazda Mazda3 15th out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Mazda Mazda3 features and specs

Grand Touring 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.2"/R 35.8"

Head room

F 37.6"/R 37.5"

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