2017 Mazda Mazda3 | CarGurus Test Drive Review

By Jove, they did it again. Putting together an affordable compact sedan capable of delivering class-leading technology at a low price is difficult enough. Making sure that compact sedan is also fun to drive, safe, and luxuriously appointed? That should be impossible. Yet the engineers responsible for the 2017 Mazda3 have again delivered a car capable of wowing test drivers with responsive handling, an upscale interior, and impressive safety and infotainment technology.

Since debuting its third generation in 2013, Mazda has left things pretty much unchanged until 2017. This year, we can enjoy a slightly updated front fascia, a new steering wheel brought over from the 2016 Mazda CX-9, and—most notable—Mazda’s new G-Vectoring technology. Designed to improve handling, G-Vectoring Control tunes down the engine’s torque when the wheel is turned, which results in weight shifting back-to-front and improves cornering. Whether or not its delivers a noticeable improvement is subject to debate, but the technology’s focus is bringing the same kind of car control used by racing drivers to the layman.

Under the hood of the base Sport and mid-level Touring trim is the typical 2.0-liter SkyActiv inline 4-cylinder, good for 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Move up to the Grand Touring trim, however, and the 184-horsepower, 185 lb-ft 2.5-liter I4 engine is now standard. New for 2017 is also the Touring 2.5 Hatchback. Fuel economy from the larger engine comes in at 27 mpg city/36 highway, with the 2.0-liter returning 28/37.

Mazda has started to earn a reputation for great interiors, and that won’t change in the 2017 Mazda3. Besides the optional heated, leather upholstery and standard, 7-inch full-color touchscreen, you can expect a well-organized design, comfortable seats, and a quiet cabin. Although the infotainment offering is fully-featured with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite and Pandora radio, Nicole also found it difficult to use. Navigation relies on the “multifunction commander control,” a large dial that allows you to spin through the menus. It’s less than intuitive and builds too many steps into what should be a simple process.

Advanced (but also optional) safety tech available on the Mazda3 includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and autonomous emergency braking. For pricing and further information on the Mazda3, read Nicole’s full Test Drive Review on CarGurus: https://cargur.us/d2tXs

Presenter: Nicole Wakelin
Producer: Trevor Holmes

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Mr. Mazda says:

Great video. Love the Mazda3. It really is positioned perfectly in the line-up

rkky says:

wish the review was for the 2.0 base engine, the one most people will buy. I wouldn’t exactly call the grand touring model affordable for an economy car.

mfmf100 says:

When are they going to put the turbo from the cx-9 in this?

Joshua Rutter says:

I have a 2016, the reviewer failed to mention the infotainment system is not solely operated with the rotary dial, you can touch the screen to input your selections. I don’t like fingerprints on the screen and after spending a few minutes with the dial, you know your way around and it’s not clunky. It’s bright & clear and easy to read. Nice overall review. I leased my 3 in June, I would do it again! Fun, small car I enjoy to drive.

Manas Sharma says:

Great review, most informative one I’ve seen for this car. However, I must say that the Mazda infotainment system is far better than comparable Honda and Toyota systems in terms of responsiveness and ease-of-use.

Rodrigo Navarro says:

Hi! Check out this interesting test of the g-vectoring control.


MemoriesDestroyUs says:

ive never heard anyone complain about that infotainment system.. its actually really great.

romen mambaje says:

If you were to buy a 2nd hand car? What brand do you prefer? Honda? Toyota? Ford? Chevy? Etc.

Mario kingskillz says:

the screen is touch btw.

below absolute zero says:

why so ugly? It looks like scion iA. ewwwww

Finch says:

I want this car so badly! Best looking car atm imo

Aaron Kelly says:

Is it really that difficult to spin the dial?

Fulton Jack Waterloo says:

to all you rice boys who want turbo’s; the EPA has no intention of reducing the 55mpg standard for 2025. a 2.0 is more than enough for this car.

St1ngel says:

Interesting! In the US the hatchback is more expensive than the sedan? Here in Europe it’s the other way around. I wonder why that is..

Marc Polland says:

The manual transmission is great in this car. The problem was I had to buy one 500 miles away because of scarcity in Grand Touring models.

Alain Sadun says:

She drives ghetto style, YO

Mark Gravois says:

There are shortcuts right above the knob for music. Also i just say pandora and it just plays my music

4jimmycurtis says:

Why does the license plate have to ruin the nice grill?…

Arran Turner says:

they only revised the back bumper of the hatchback not the sedan

Kevin Ocoby says:

If only they put 2.0 turbo in mazda 3 hatchback, i would be 100% sold .. But i guess we might have to wait ……

Mike Lechner says:

Great video! Detailed and informative! I subscribed!

Emeka Eze says:

i love it i thing now to come and take one❤

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