Why is the Mazda 3 one of our favorite cars–not to say a multi-time 10Best Automobiles winner? Its winning formula is easy and continues to succeed us over: razor-sharp looks, a near-premium interior, and sublime driving a car dynamics. The 2018 Mazda 3 comes in both sedan and hatchback body styles, with 1 of 2 efficient inline-four motors and either a slick-shifting six-speed manual or an almost-as-satisfying six-speed computerized transmission. Neither powertrain will embarrass a rival in a stoplight drag race, however the 3 is a legend when charging curvy back roads. As being a daily driver, it’s practical, comfortable, and stylish. Combine those virtues with a concentrate on driving pleasure and it’s no question the “2018 Mazda 3” discovers itself near the top of our list.
While the bottom part Sport lean still gets the 155-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, Touring models will have the Grand Touring’s 184-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder as standard equipment. All trims now have automated disaster braking–though it only works at lower speeds–as standard and Touring models feature a new, dark-colored aluminum wheel design; lighted vanity mirrors and an overhead sun shades holder become standard rather than optional equipment on that trim. The top-spec Grand Touring trim’s Prime Equipment package now includes Mazda’s i-Activsense active safety suite, that was previously offered as a standalone package deal. These include programmed high-beam headlamps, lane-departure caution with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise trip control, and traffic-sign recognition.
2018 Mazda 3 Specs
Despite the crisp throttle replies of Mazda’s two obviously aspirated Skyactiv inline-four motors, both absence the low-end torque provided by modern turbocharged motors. The bottom 2.0-liter four-cylinder, that was recently offered on both Sport and Touring models, is now exclusive to the base Sport; the Touring adopts the 184-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder as its only offering. Horsepower scores for both machines stay the same for 2018, so performance should follow suit.
Mazda makes the six-speed manual standard on all variations; a beautifully sorted six-speed computerized is optional. While neither engine motor is exactly what we’d consider velvety even, both produce ample, linear ability and exhibit a playful eagerness to rev, which is important when their torque peaks each lie north of 3000 rpm. Regardless of the automatic’s strong performance and excellently tuned sport placing for maximum-attack shenanigans, we’d still go for the manual and its light-effort shifter, intensifying clutch take-up, and pedals perfectly arranged for heel-toe shifting.
2018 Mazda 3 Exterior
Mazda’s complete lineup is attractive, and the revisions made to the 2018 Mazda 3 for 2017 brought additional crispness to its taut, athletic lines, which look specifically fetching on the account of the hatchback. With many of its competition either overstyled or downright uninteresting to behold, the 3 hits a lovely balance of looks that give it greater neighborhood presence than most small autos.
A new, dark-colored steering wheel design graces the silhouette of Touring trims for 2018. Normally, the Mazda 3’s good looking looks mirror that of the 2017 lineup. Not too large, not too small, the 3 sedan and hatch are both sized in the center of the portion and sport a compact and eminently controllable footprint.
2018 Mazda 3 Interior
Illuminated vanity mirrors and overhead storage for sunglasses are actually standard on Touring models; they were optional equipment for 2017. The compact section is a hotly contested one, and Mazda has measured the front of the 2018 Mazda 3’s cabin largely consistent with its competitors. The back chair, however, is accessed through relatively small door apertures and is stingier on legroom than most of the competition. The middle-seat position is cramped everywhere. As the outboard rear seats are fairly comfortable and supportive, most people won’t be quite happy with occupying them for long.
Mazda has given the 3 a smattering of basic luxuries but has paid much larger focus on the impressive fit and end and ergonomics, which can be what prompted us to proclaim the 3’s cabin the best to be had for under $30,000 back 2015. This is especially so in the most notable Grand Touring lean level, featuring leather seats available with contrasting stitching, additional metallic-looking cut details, and a fancier gauge cluster sporting a huge central tachometer and a digital speedometer. Cupholders and cubbies are adequate and neatly established, and dual-zone programmed climate control is offered. Notable because of their absence: a power-adjustable leading passenger’s seat, rear end air vents, and warmed rear seats.
2018 Mazda 3 Prices
This top spec cut starts at $24,770, that $750 more higher than a similarly optioned 2018 Mazda 3 sedan, but the hatchback’s extra versatility is worthy of the up charge. Standard equipment on the GT trim includes 18-inch rims, rain-sensing wipers, electric power and heated external mirrors, dual-zone programmed weather control, a head-up screen, and an upgraded Bose nine-speaker audio system. Other noteworthy features include:
- Leather upholstery with warmed front seats
- A power sunroof
- Blind-spot monitoring with back cross-traffic alert
We’d opt for the $1600 Prime Equipment package and its navigation system, adaptive LED headlights, a heated tyre, and these active safety systems. The final outlay comes to $26,370, which, combined with the 3’s other qualities, helps it be highly attractive your money can buy.