hamburger icon

2017 Mazda Mazda3

Change vehicle or year
Select a Year - Mazda Mazda3
Change Vehicle
Expert Rating

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

Select a Trim
Select a Trim
2017 Sport 4dr Sedan
most popular
Price:   -  From $17,845
2017 Sport 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $19,095
2017 Touring 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $20,445
2017 Touring 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,245
2017 Touring 2.5 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,395
2017 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $23,145
2017 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $23,895


The Mazda3 is a compact model, offered as a five-door hatchback or a sedan. Where some competitors produce appliances, the Mazda3 combines car ownership affordability with a fun-to-drive ownership experience.

What's New for 2017

Now standard across the model line is G-Vectoring Control, proprietary technology that uses the engine to refine steering and handling to match the driver’s inputs. Enhanced sound insulation coincides with an update to the Mazda3’s interior.

Mazda also simplified the Mazda3’s trim levels. The top-end Mazda3 Grand Touring edition now offers the Premium Package and a suite of advanced i-ACTIVESENSE safety technologies. Equipment shuffling and additional new packages accompany these changes.

Mazda Mazda3

Choosing Your Mazda Mazda3

The 2017 Mazda3 is offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims. To simplify matters, the previous “i” and “s” designations representing the smaller and larger engines, respectively, have been dropped.

Now, all Sport and Touring models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Touring 2.5 and Grand Touring are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

The base engine makes 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque; the larger engine makes 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy for both engines comes in as high as 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

Mazda Mazda3


The Sport model ($17,845 for the sedan and $19,095 for the hatchback) is the standard package, but there is nothing basic offered here. All models come with halogen headlights, daytime running lights, and power side mirrors. This model also comes with keyless entry and push-button start, power windows and door locks, a tilt and telescopic steering column, steering wheel-mounted controls, cruise control, a 12-volt outlet, and dual map lights.

Cloth seats, a 60-40 fold-down rear seat, a seven-inch color display, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and Mazda Connect infotainment are all standard. You also get Pandora, Aha, and Stitcher, two USB inputs, an audio jack, and a 12-volt outlet.

The $1,000 Sport Preferred package brings in 16-inch alloy wheels, heated body-colored side mirrors with integrated turn signals, premium cloth-trimmed sport seats, automatic headlights, advanced blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Add $1,050 when choosing the automatic transmission. Prices do not include $835 for the destination charge ($880 in Alaska).

Mazda Mazda3


The Touring model ($20,445 for the sedan and $22,245 for the hatchback) brings in dual exhaust with bright tips and a rear roof spoiler. Also included is dual-zone climate control, black imitation leather seats, a power-operated driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The $1,500 Popular Equipment package adds a body-colored rear decklid spoiler, a shark fin antenna, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a power sliding glass moonroof with an interior sunshade, and illuminated visor vanity mirrors.

Mazda Mazda3

Touring 2.5

Only the hatchback offers the Touring 2.5 model ($22,395). The most significant change here is the larger engine is used.

Mazda Mazda3

Grand Touring

The top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim ($23,895) pulls out all the stops, especially when the available packages are selected. Still, this model brings in such changes as a black metallic front grille insert and a power sliding glass moonroof with one-touch open feature and an interior sunshade. Other upgrades include leather-trimmed sport seats and a nine-speaker Bose audio system. The available Premium package ($1,600) adds Bi-LED headlights with auto leveling, adaptive front lighting, LED combination lights, a heated steering wheel, navigation and paddle shifters for automatic transmission models. Driver assistance items such as lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, brake support, and radar cruise control are part of an i-ACTIVSENSE safety package ($1,100). An i-ELOOP package ($800) is offered with the automatic transmission. This package brings in an i-ELOOP regenerative engine braking system along with active grille shutters.

CarsDirect Tip

Very few models offer a manual transmission across all trims, but that’s what Mazda does except in the Touring hatchback. If you have never driven a stick shift before, the smooth shifting manual in the Mazda3 is easy to learn. As for the much-heralded MazdaSpeed3 performance edition, rumors of its return are just that: rumors.

Get your price on a Mazda Mazda3 »

Read our review on the Mazda Mazda3 »

Mazda Mazda3
author image
Contributing Editor
Read Less

Expert Review

Expert Rating

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

author image
Contributing Writer

A combination of performance, fuel economy, and value have made the Mazda3 one of the most compelling vehicles in the compact class. A redesign for 2017 ups the refinement, but at what expense?

Pricing and Equipment

Prices for the Mazda3 start at $18,680 (including $835 in destination charges) for the base Sport four-door sedan equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and can escalate to over $31,000 for a fully-optioned-and-accessorized Grand Touring hatchback equipped with the six-speed automatic. Most buyers will likely choose the hatchback in mid-level Touring trim equipped with an automatic transmission, a starting price of $23,120, and standard features that include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth audio and phone capability
  • 7-inch color touchscreen infotainment
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

All trim levels come with a standard rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is optional on the base Sport model (as part of a $1,000 Preferred Equipment Package) and, along with low speed automatic emergency braking, is standard on all other trims. Mazda's most advanced safety features, including automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and automatic emergency braking, are an option and only available on the top-level Grand Touring models.

The 2017 Mazda3 is available with two engines. Sport and Touring models use a 155 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder with either a slick six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Grand Touring models (and one version of the Touring hatchback) get a 184 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder and the same choice of a manual or automatic transmission.

Performance Pros

Mazda Mazda3
  • Both engines, in addition to offering good performance, are very fuel efficient.
  • The new engine management system (called G-Vectoring Control) controls torque to the front wheels and improves straight-line stability.
  • The conventional six-speed automatic shifts almost as well quickly and smoothly as a dual-clutch system.
  • Enthusiasts will gravitate towards the extremely enjoyable six-speed manual. The clutch is easy to modulate and the shifter's action and short throws are delightfully smooth.

Performance Cons

  • Power in the base 2.0-liter engine doesn't come on strongly until around 4,000 rpm, which is on the high side (although it's not unusual for a smaller, non-turbocharged four-cylinder).
  • The new full-electric power steering system isn't as good as the combination electric and hydraulic system on the last-generation car – especially on oddly crowned roads.
  • The G-Vectoring Control system can sometimes work a little too aggressively, especially during high-speed cornering when it can feel like the brakes are being applied to the rear wheels.

Interior Pros

  • The interior is quieter, thanks to added sound insulation.
  • The comfortable, supportive front seats are among the best in the compact class.
  • The dashboard layout and trim is better than average for the segment.
  • The contrasting Parchment perforated-leather interior of the Grand Touring model gives the Mazda3 a luxury-level look.

Interior Cons

Mazda Mazda3
  • The lower-quality headliner and hard plastic rear door trim are disappointments in an otherwise lovely cabin.
  • Mazda's infotainment system has gotten more complicated, not simpler, over the years. Not only is it distracting, it's neither Android Auto nor Apple CarPlay compatible.
  • Rear seat leg room is tight for the compact class.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

It's the small things that count: on the Mazda3, it's the "organ style" accelerator pedal that's hinged at the bottom, which Mazda believes, and we concur, feels more comfortable. This is a common feature in German luxury cars, but it's rarer in this class.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The well-controlled ride is on the firm side and definitely not plush. While some will find it entertaining, it can get busy over rough pavement and can be tiring on long trips.

The Bottom Line

The Mazda3's advanced safety features are only available on the Grand Touring model, while some of the interior trim looks low-rent. That's not new for 2017. But a stunning exterior, quick, agile handling, and a pair entertaining, fuel efficient, four-cylinder engines are still enough for the updated Mazda3 to remain a top choice in the compact segment.

Read Less

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 155 HP / 150 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 37 / 32 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 155 HP / 150 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 37 / 32 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
96 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
180.3 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
57.3 "
Front Headroom
38.6 "
Rear Headroom
37.6 "
Front Legroom
42.2 "
Rear Legroom
35.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,899 Lbs. / 2,967 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Steel / 16.0 " Silver Aluminum / 16.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth / Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

Used 2017 Mazda Mazda3 for Sale

5 vehicles found within 50 miles of your area
Color: White



35,025 mi

Map location icon

Santa Margarita Ford (50 mi)

Phone: (949) 491-9906
Touring 2.5



52,785 mi

Map location icon

Star Ford (17 mi)

Grand Touring
Color: Black



37,249 mi

Map location icon

Ford of Long Beach (18 mi)

Phone: (562) 420-3333
Sport 4dr Sedan
Color: Silver



38,217 mi

Map location icon

A & B Motor Cars Inc. (24 mi)

Phone: (626) 796-8899
See All Used Car Listings