2017 Mazda 3 Arrives at Dealerships This Fall

IRVINE, California The updated 2017 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback will hit Mazda showrooms in the fall with a refreshed exterior, a quieter ride, and the addition of G-Vectoring Control for an improved driving experience.

Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.

The refreshed Mazda 3 takes on a long list of competitors, including the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Forte and Toyota Corolla.

This is the Mazda 3's first major update since the current vehicle debuted in 2013.

The changes include a new front grille, new rear bumper and the adoption of LED headlights. Two new exterior colors are Machine Gray Metallic and Eternal Blue Mica.

The 18-inch aluminum wheels get a new design; the 16-inch aluminum wheels and steel wheels carry over from the last model.

In the cabin, the 2017 Mazda 3 features a new steering wheel design borrowed from the 2016 Mazda CX-9 SUV. A heated steering wheel will be available in the U.S. for the first time.

G-Vectoring Control makes its debut on the 2017 Mazda 3 as the first technology in Mazda's Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics series.

The technology improves steering responsiveness through the precise control of engine torque.

"The effect of GVC is very natural and does not impose any feeling of discomfort on the driver or passengers," Mazda said in a statement.

Safety updates include a new camera for the Smart City Brake Support system that expands the operating speed range for detecting pedestrians. A traffic-sign recognition system automatically recognizes road signs and alerts the driver to their presence.

The 2017 Mazda 3 features carryover powertrains. The base vehicle is equipped with a 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional.

Buyers also can check the box for a 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Mazda spokesman Jeremy Barnes told Edmunds that a Mazdaspeed version of the 2017 Mazda 3 will not be offered.

Edmunds says: A midcycle update on the popular Mazda 3 provides buyers with lots of driving pleasure, a range of safety-oriented technologies and a sharp new look.