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.
The Sport model 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.