2017 Mazda3 review- When it comes to compact cars, the Mazda3 has long been considered among the most fun to drive on the market. No it's not going to fool anyone into thinking it's a sport compact car, but it definitely has what it takes to inject just a little bit of excitement into the daily commute. And the brand is hoping to continue that fun to drive offensive in 2017 with the addition of G vectoring control, a system that uses a little electronic trickery as well as physics to improve cornering performance.
2017 Mazda3 Changes
Now before we get to the good stuff it's important to note that this is a proper mid-cycle refresh. Which means the 2017 Mazda3 gets more than a fancy new G vectoring control system as part of its update. It gets new front and rear fascia outside as well as some new wheel designs. But really there's not a whole lot to tell this thing apart from its predecessor. I think the last car was good-looking and there was no reason to stray too far from that design, so Mazda was wise to stick to what it knows.
2017 Mazda3 Interior
Inside it gets a new center console design, that features an electronic parking brake as well as a sport button in 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, but otherwise it's the same car as it was for 2016. it looks a little bit more like the Mazda6. inside which i think is a good thing, but it's just a nice clean stream lined design that's familiar to anyone who's been in a Mazda in recent years.
There’s also just something about this system that looks and feels a little juvenile. I don't know if it's the graphics or just the way that you navigate through things, but it seems a little bit like a kid's toy and I'm just not crazy about it. I will say once Apple Carplay and Android Auto comes around it will be a big step in the right direction, but until it does this is a bit of a black mark on the cars cabin.
Engineers also went out of their way to reduce the amount of road noise that makes its way inside the cabin of this car and they've done a pretty good job. They’ve used a whole bunch of new sound deadening, it is a huge improvement over the last car. It’s not the quietest on the market but its pretty damn close. But as great as those little changes, the biggest change here is the addition of G vectoring control .now that's a software based system that's aimed to smooth steering input, as well as improved quarter in response to maintain that fun to drive factor that's synonymous with Mazda’s cars.
The whole thing happens pretty imperceptibly and to be honest with you, you're not even really going to notice it working, but that's kind of the point of the whole thing it's not meant to be this big in-your-face sort of performance it's just meant to improve things enough so that you know it's there you know it's working, you just maybe don't necessarily know how.
2017 Mazda3 Engine
2017 Mazda3 is available with the choice of 2 liter or 2.5 liter 4-cylinders under the hood, both of which make a decent amount of power. Our tester has the larger of the two engines under the hood which is good for 184 horsepower and 185 pound feet of torque which is plenty. Either engine can be made into the choice of manual or automatic transmissions both of which feature six gears. Now this one has the automatic which features paddle shifters if you want to run through the gears yourself, but for 2017 Mazda3 it also features this Sport mode selector that's next to the gear shifter.
Underpinning the car is a multi-link suspension setup that features new dampers front and rear for 2017 Mazda3, that do a pretty good job of smoothing uneven pavement. But the car also maintains that stiffness and rigidity you want and when you want
2017 Mazda3 Features
The available head-up display is now in full color, you can show you things like how fast you're driving what the local speed limit is, and the direction of travel you name it. It’s also available with a whole bunch of features like autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, cruise control with traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist it's a pretty well-rounded suite of safety features. Now that Lane Keep Assist shouldn't be confused with the semi-autonomous types that are growing in popularity. Yes it will keep you from crossing one line, but it will pinball you across the next one and it needs the driver to react as quickly as possible it will also be activate if the driver doesn't react to a line marking that's been crossed.
2017 Mazda3 Cargo Space
as far as things that haven't changed about the Mazda 3 go, it rides on the same hundred and 6.3 inch wheelbase which is on par with cars like the Honda Civic. But at a 175 inches from bumper to bumper it is shorter than many others competitors. it also trails its competitors when it comes to cargo room, with only 20.2 cubic feet of space behind, the rear seats which is well behind the likes of the Honda Civic or even the Chevy Cruze Hatchback.
It also sacrifices some rear passenger space to its competitors with less than 36 inches of legroom in the second row. With 37.5 inches of headroom front and back it's on par with its competitors but only on paper. Get in the back seat and it seems like that higher hip point really cuts into Headroom for taller passengers. It's not a deal-breaker especially for a young family, but if you plan on transporting more than two people most of the time you may want to have a look at that second row because it could cause problems down the road.
So the 2017 Mazda3 is a little short on space but it's definitely still fun to drive. Something the addition of G vectoring control only enhances. It also drives a hard bargain with hatchback models starting at about 19 grand. You know it's only a matter of time before a crossover like the Mazda CX-5 replaces the Mazda3 as the brand's winner, but as these changes for 2017 prove this compact isn't going down without a fight.
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