When consumers are shopping for a compact car most of them just want a safe roomy fuel efficient and reliable piece of transportation, while some people want more than just vanilla ice cream they also want more sprinkles on top of it too. This is where the Mazda 3 comes in, a compact car that satisfies most of consumers needs but also provides a little more spice in the driving experience over most of it’s rivals. It is available in four-door hatchback or sedan. So keep with us to check out this 2017 Mazda 3.

2017 Mazda 3

2017 Mazda 3

Exterior

Overall the 2017 Mazda 3 is certainly one of the best looking cars in the class. It has the KODO design language which you’ll find on many Mazda vehicles and it’s very sharp and aggressive styling. The grille is big and it’s very imposing, it certainly has a huge presence. LED daytime running lights are available on some trims. The back is looking pretty god with a rear reflectors, LED third brake light and a shark fin antenna. It sits on a 18-inch alloy wheels.

2017 Mazda 3

2017 Mazda 3

Interior

The build quality and materials are excellent and if certainly feels upmarket and very upscale to. The materials used in door panels and on the dash are soft and nicely padded, they certainly don’t feel cheap. The steering wheel is very sporty and wrapped in leather with nice contrast stitching. The instrument cluster is dominated with a speedometer flanked by tacho and info center gauges. The seats in the Mazda 3 are very comfortable and very supportive as well.

Engine

Under the hood of the 2017 Mazda 3 is one standard 2.0-Liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder which is able to make 155 horsepower at 6.000 rpm and 150 pound feet of torque at 4.000 rpm. While the optional one is a 2.5-Liter putting out 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. Both engine are mated with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic (optional) gearboxes transferring the power to the front wheels. EPA estimates are 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the hwy. Acceleration from zero to 60 miles per hour is done in 7.5 seconds.

2017 Mazda 3

2017 Mazda 3

2017 Mazda 3 Price

The pricing of the new  Mazda 3 for 2017 model year is starting at $18,680 and it can go up to $27,330. It is ranked first in the compact segment ahead of the rivals like: Volkswagen Golf, Kia Soul, Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Kia Forte, Volkswagen Jetta and Scion iM.