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Starting at
$21,495
EPA - est City/Hwy
28/37
Engine
2.0L inline4
Seats
5
Power
155 hp




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2017 Mazda 3 Overview

Data provided by Edmunds

Powerful yet fuel-efficient engines and impressive handling make the 2017 Mazda 3 a top choice for compact car shoppers looking for something entertaining. The 2017 Mazda 3's excellent interior and available tech make the 3 even more desirable.

The 2017 Mazda 3 should be right at the top of your list if you're looking for a compact car that doesn't feel cheap or entry-level. For the last several years, the Mazda 3 has been one of our favorite compact cars thanks to its upscale interior, fun-to-drive personality and easy-to-use infotainment controls. And this year, the Mazda 3 gets a host of small improvements, including an updated dashboard design and changes that Mazda says help improve both handling and ride comfort. The best, it appears, just keeps on getting better.  Practicality and versatility are still part of the Mazda 3's repertoire, too. It is available as either a sedan or hatchback, so you can pick the hatchback if you need some added cargo-carrying capacity. And on the 3's higher trim levels, Mazda offers some advanced features to choose from, such as adaptive cruise control, a recently updated (in color instead of monochrome) head-up display and a special i-Eloop package that helps boost fuel economy. As good as the 3 is, though, you might also want to check out a few other cars. The 2017 Honda Civic is another favorite of ours thanks to its roomy and well-appointed interior and sporty performance. The 2017 Ford Focus is also worth a closer look, as is the redesigned 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. And if you're looking for something with a bit more value, check out the chic but affordable 2017 Kia Forte. Overall, though, the 2017 Mazda 3 is a great choice.

More than just basic transportation, the 2017 Mazda 3 is an entertaining, versatile and classy car to drive. It's one of our top recommendations if you're shopping for a small sedan or hatchback.

The 2017 Mazda 3 gets a variety of updates this year. Both the front and rear fascias are subtly restyled, while the interior has a new steering wheel, an updated dashboard design, added standard equipment, bigger door storage pockets and a new electronic parking brake (which frees up more center console space for storage). Mazda has also added G-Vectoring Control to the 3, which Mazda says can improve handling. A retuned suspension provides a smoother ride.



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2017 Mazda 3 Reviews From Owners (7 Reviews)

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By JC Metrowest Boston

on Nov/28/16 07:28 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2017 Mazda 3


Performance
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Could Hold More Stuff in my Old Mazda

Lots of improvements over the Mazda Protege5 (shifter, noise/comfort levels, interior feel, engine, fuel economy, etc.) and I almost bought it. The hangup was despite the larger cargo capacity number on the 2017 Mazda3 hatchback, I could easily fit my kids two hockey bags in the old Mazda, but not the new one.

By Steven Rosengren

on Feb/10/17 08:44 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2017 Mazda 3


Performance
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Having fun with "sport" mode

Mazda builds great cars! I just purchased a new 2017 Mazda 3 GT in Jet Black Mica and it is really beautiful. This is the first car where I have tried "sport" mode and it was awesome. I really was able to drive the car more aggressively and it put a smile on my face. The 2.5L engine and transmission are very smooth and responsive. I love the feel of the leather wrapped steering wheel and this car really corners on rails. The car feels premium and has a firm but really nice ride. I also love to turn back and look at the car when I park it, it makes me feel all happy inside. Take a test drive, it is a really nice car if you want something sporty.

By Arron Martinez

on Feb/08/17 10:34 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2017 Mazda 3


Build Quality
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Fun-to-Drive
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Comfort
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Exterior Design
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Performance
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Interior
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Value
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'17 Mazda3 GT

First off, it has a proper 6-sp manual! Have only owned it a couple of weeks, so I can't speak to it's long-term reliability, yet. That said, I traded an Audi A4 Quattro for the Mazda and it was the best car-related decision I have ever made. While I do miss the way the turbo pushed me into the seat back, and the brilliant awd, the Mazda makes up for it in every other way. It has a higher power-to-weight ratio than the Audi, and the 185lbft of torque it makes really gets the lightweight moving off the line. Not to mention that the 184hp is enough to cause a slight amount of torque-steer when you run it through it's manual gears. The Mazda has a better interior, more comfortable seats, a better sounds system (I have the 9-seaker Bose), and is just as well equipped otherwise. And for a lot less money! Like, half as much. The Mazda's handling is superb, it corners like it's on rails, and the SkyActiv G-Vectoring Control is subtle and non-intrusive, yet amazing (I do a lot of mountain road driving). The brakes are as tight, and stop just as hard, as the Audi. The looks are beautiful and the LED headlights are excellent. I really have nothing negative to say about this car that isn't just being nit-picking. I would highly recommend this car to anyone looking at this class. Definitely pony-up for the premier equipment package. You get the LED lighting, navigation, and the heated steering wheel. (Which is amazing at 5:30am when it's 18° out)

By Joe

on Dec/29/16 09:17 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2017 Mazda 3



Great Except for Touch Screen

Love our Mazda 3 overall with only one big exception -- more to follow on that. My wife and I bought the Mazda 3 for a commuting car. Love the peppy little 2.0 engine -- it routinely gets 40mph back and forth to work, it handles very well and it is very fun to drive. The road noise for a small car is low, which is quite amazing and the seats are very comfortable. The only issue I CANNOT STAND is the disabling of the touch screen while driving. I have a RAM 1500 truck that has a great touch screen that works during driving and is very easy to use. Mazda, in the name of safety, disables the touch screen while in motion and makes you use a terrible interface that makes dialing a phone or plugging an address into the NAV system a huge chore. My wife is usually with me during commutes but this system is not smart enough to know someone is in the passenger seat so they can use the touch screen. The interface is TERRIBLE and it takes a lot more concentration than just using a touch screen because you have to use a dial to "type in" an address or phone number. Reminds me of the old rotary phones from the 1950's. HORRIBLE interface and I wish they would fix it (easy software fix). I may not have purchased this car if I knew how much this would annoy me.

By Alicia

on Feb/14/17 03:12 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2017 Mazda 3


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Fun-to-Drive
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Comfort
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Exterior Design
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Performance
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Interior
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Value
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Traded in my 2015 for the 2017 - Awesome decision!

I bought a 2015 Mazda 3 GT two years ago this month and loved the car. I'd done a lot of research before the purchase. However, there were a few things I wanted appearance-wise that were just not available in the 2015 model. Fast-forward to 2017 and they are available now! It was an easy decision to trade my 2015 for the 2017 - same exact color and trim, just a newer - more beautiful - version. The update to the turn signals in the side-view mirrors was something I wanted and now I have. The interior is comparable to the Mazda 6 now and is absolutely breathtaking. I feel the car is timeless and I will be happy with this purchase for the next decade at least. The ride is more quiet, too. That was one of the few areas of improvement I felt the 2015 model needed and they have definitely delivered on improving the road noise in the 2017 model. The car is so elegant and looks just like a luxury car without the luxury price tag. The headlights are awesome. I had LED's before but now the fog lights are also LED and the fact that the headlights turn in the direction your steering wheel is going in is such a nice touch. The heated steering wheel is also a welcome addition to this car as I have used it a few times since I got the car a week and a half ago. Also, the tires seem to grip the road more. I drove in rain today and did not have any instances of fear (I am not the best rain/sleet/snow driver, lol; I drive 20 mph on the highway). But I was pleased with the drive. Everything about this car screams class and style. The interior is so much more of an upgrade than its predecessor. I did not like the red stitching throughout the leather seats and this car does not have that (yay). The dashboard materials are nicer and the center console is really nice, too. I have seen complaints about the car not having an armrest - well the entire center console IS an armrest and is not low at all. It feels the same as the 2015 model to me. I could go on and on about this car. If you are interested in it, I'd get it! You won't be disappointed. Even the changes to the digital tachometer and speedometer and the heads-up display lettering changing (it was green and is now white), I really think Mazda paid so much attention to detail on this vehicle. Luckily, I have not had to use the Smart City Brake System yet (fingers crossed I never have to), but I am glad it is an available feature. So once again, if you are in the market for a car and are eyeing the 2017 Mazda 3 (especially the GT trim), you will not regret your decision if you purchase it. Love, love , love mine!!!

By Kim Dinh

on Oct/20/16 08:12 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2017 Mazda 3


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Fun-to-Drive
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Comfort
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Exterior Design
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Performance
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Interior
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Value
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Love the new 2017 sedan!

Mazda wasn't on my list of cars to research but when I stopped in a dealership to look at a CX5, this 2017 Mazda 3 caught my eyes. The car looks sleek with its Machine Gray Metallic exterior combined with black leather interior, I had to take it out for a test drive. Surprisingly, it drives really nice and quiet, and fits nicely for a small person. Can't beat mileage either especially when I do mostly short distance, city driving. The gas tank is smaller than my previous cars so I do have to fill it up more often, but it can go a distance. One thing I wish it did come with the car is XM radio - I had it for the last 6 years and it was hard to go back to normal radio, but at least you can stream Spotify or anything from your phone using bluetooth connection.

By Darrell Shultz

on Nov/19/16 06:25 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2017 Mazda 3


Build Quality
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Fun-to-Drive
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Comfort
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Exterior Design
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Performance
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Interior
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Value
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Value with some perks - first impressions

I bought this car three days ago and have put just over 100miles on it so this is truely a first impressions review. We bought this car to replace a small SUV. We needed gas mileage over space and this seemed like a really good option. The engine: with the 2.5 liter you push on the gas and it really responds. I did an extended test drive of the 2.0 engine and while it had good excelleration the sweet spot seemed to always be lagging. The 2.5 is a vast improvement and if your budget allows it's a must have. Smooth acceleration and quite a bit of kick for a 4 cyl. Is it going to keep up with the small hatches that have turbo chargers or 300hp. No, but if you want that you're probably looking at other cars, for a bit more money. The interior: we bought the Grand Touring with most options and while the layout is different from your normal car I can already see that it is achieving Mazdas goal of keeping your eyes on the road. With the controls to most everything down on the console instead of on the dash you can manipulate the Nav and radio mostly by touch. It's very intuitive and has a smart phone/iPhone style interface. The heads up display seemed a bit of overkill but I've already began to love it. If Mazda could of added preset driver recognition so you didn't manually have to change it every time a new driver got in that would be great but it takes 10 seconds to manipulate it. The leather is way nicer then you would expect from a mid-level hatch and the cars interior screams quality. With automatic everything; rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, even automatic door locks with the smart key this car stands out and it has heated seats! The voice activated feature seems to work really well, the 7in touchscreeb is very easy to see and the 9speaker Bose stereo has sounded great. Ours has Nav but that wasn't a selling point. In today's world most of us are carrying Nav in our pockets but it's easy to use. The Exterior: the styling is very eye catching. We have the eternal blue mica and it really pops! We had a choice of this or white and the blue just made me look longer. With nicely tinted Windows it has great lines and The 18in rims are nice, some may want to upgrade but you won't need to. If you buy a lesser trim level with steel wheels it's a must the stock Mazda wheels kill the look of this car, but work within your budget. The ride in my opinion is on par for this kind of car. Will It feel like a SUV, no, your driving on low profile tires so you feel the road but it's reasonable for a car of this type. The one thing I didn't love was the cargo space floor. Typically the spare is under the cargo area and it is in this as well. Most cars have a piece or thin fabric covered wood or plastic between and it gives the cargo area a solid floor. This has a thick fabric that sit directly on styrofoam that surrounds the spare. It just feels cheap. I may try and add somthing in between to firm it up. Overall this car meets our needs and was in our budget. I'm looking forward to lower gas usage and long term reliability.


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    106.3 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    180.3 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    57.3 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    6.1 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    2967 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    42.2 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    57.2 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    35.8 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    54.4 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    12.4 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.59 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    215
  • Rear Tire Profile
    45
  • Rear Tire Speed Rating
    W



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    9
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Radio
    AM/FM HD Radio


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Dual
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    Skyactiv-g
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    13.2 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

Touring / AWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.1 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.3 sec @ 86 mph
  • Source
    Car and Driver

Grand Touring / AWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.6 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.7 sec @ 83 mph
  • Source
    Motor Week

Grand Touring / AWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.6 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.6 sec @ 83.3 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

Grand Touring / AWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.4 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.4 sec @ 83.9 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

i Grand Touring Sedan / FWD / 6M

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.5 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.0 sec @ 89 mph
  • Source
    Car and Driver

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  • Trade In Price
    N/A
  • Private Seller Price
    N/A
  • Dealer Price
    N/A
  • Original MSRP
    $21,495


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Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    28 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    37 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    California LEV-III SULEV30/PZEV
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    9
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2017 Mazda 3 Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    3 years / 36,000 miles
    3 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    5 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / Unlimited miles
    5 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    3 years / 36,000 miles
    3 years

2017 Mazda 3 Key Factors

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Pros

  • Quick acceleration
  • Top crash test scores
  • Refined interior with intuitive controls
  • Many advanced and desirable features are available
  • Precise handling when going around turns

Cons

  • Ride quality can be choppy with the optional 18-inch wheels.







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2017 Mazda 3 Review

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Powerful yet fuel-efficient engines and impressive handling make the 2017 Mazda 3 a top choice for compact car shoppers looking for something entertaining. The 2017 Mazda 3's excellent interior and available tech make the 3 even more desirable.

The 2017 Mazda 3 should be right at the top of your list if you're looking for a compact car that doesn't feel cheap or entry-level. For the last several years, the Mazda 3 has been one of our favorite compact cars thanks to its upscale interior, fun-to-drive personality and easy-to-use infotainment controls. And this year, the Mazda 3 gets a host of small improvements, including an updated dashboard design and changes that Mazda says help improve both handling and ride comfort. The best, it appears, just keeps on getting better. 

Practicality and versatility are still part of the Mazda 3's repertoire, too. It is available as either a sedan or hatchback, so you can pick the hatchback if you need some added cargo-carrying capacity. And on the 3's higher trim levels, Mazda offers some advanced features to choose from, such as adaptive cruise control, a recently updated (in color instead of monochrome) head-up display and a special i-Eloop package that helps boost fuel economy.

As good as the 3 is, though, you might also want to check out a few other cars. The 2017 Honda Civic is another favorite of ours thanks to its roomy and well-appointed interior and sporty performance. The 2017 Ford Focus is also worth a closer look, as is the redesigned 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. And if you're looking for something with a bit more value, check out the chic but affordable 2017 Kia Forte. Overall, though, the 2017 Mazda 3 is a great choice.

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2017 Mazda 3 Problems Report:


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  • 2017 Mazda 3 Top 10 Issues
  • 2017 Mazda 3 Top 10 Problems
  • 2017 Mazda 3 Reviews
  • 2017 Mazda 3 Defects

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