Mazda wasn't on my list of cars to research but when I stopped in a dealership to look at a CX5, this 2017 Mazda 3 caught my eyes. The car looks sleek with its Machine Gray Metallic exterior combined with black leather interior, I had to take it out for a test drive. Surprisingly, it drives really nice and quiet, and fits nicely for a small person. Can't beat mileage either especially when I do mostly short distance, city driving. The gas tank is smaller than my previous cars so I do have to fill it up more often, but it can go a distance. One thing I wish it did come with the car is XM radio - I had it for the last 6 years and it was hard to go back to normal radio, but at least you can stream Spotify or anything from your phone using bluetooth connection.
Traded in my 2015 for the 2017 - Awesome decision!
written on 02-14-2017
Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
I bought a 2015 Mazda 3 GT two years ago this month and loved the car. I'd done a lot of research before the purchase. However, there were a few things I wanted appearance-wise that were just not available in the 2015 model. Fast-forward to 2017 and they are available now! It was an easy decision to trade my 2015 for the 2017 - same exact color and trim, just a newer - more beautiful - version. The update to the turn signals in the side-view mirrors was something I wanted and now I have. The interior is comparable to the Mazda 6 now and is absolutely breathtaking. I feel the car is timeless and I will be happy with this purchase for the next decade at least. The ride is more quiet, too. That was one of the few areas of improvement I felt the 2015 model needed and they have definitely delivered on improving the road noise in the 2017 model. The car is so elegant and looks just like a luxury car without the luxury price tag. The headlights are awesome. I had LED's before but now the fog lights are also LED and the fact that the headlights turn in the direction your steering wheel is going in is such a nice touch. The heated steering wheel is also a welcome addition to this car as I have used it a few times since I got the car a week and a half ago. Also, the tires seem to grip the road more. I drove in rain today and did not have any instances of fear (I am not the best rain/sleet/snow driver, lol; I drive 20 mph on the highway). But I was pleased with the drive. Everything about this car screams class and style. The interior is so much more of an upgrade than its predecessor. I did not like the red stitching throughout the leather seats and this car does not have that (yay). The dashboard materials are nicer and the center console is really nice, too. I have seen complaints about the car not having an armrest - well the entire center console IS an armrest and is not low at all. It feels the same as the 2015 model to me. I could go on and on about this car. If you are interested in it, I'd get it! You won't be disappointed. Even the changes to the digital tachometer and speedometer and the heads-up display lettering changing (it was green and is now white), I really think Mazda paid so much attention to detail on this vehicle. Luckily, I have not had to use the Smart City Brake System yet (fingers crossed I never have to), but I am glad it is an available feature. So once again, if you are in the market for a car and are eyeing the 2017 Mazda 3 (especially the GT trim), you will not regret your decision if you purchase it. Love, love , love mine!!!
Mazda builds great cars! I just purchased a new 2017 Mazda 3 GT in Jet Black Mica and it is really beautiful. This is the first car where I have tried "sport" mode and it was awesome. I really was able to drive the car more aggressively and it put a smile on my face. The 2.5L engine and transmission are very smooth and responsive. I love the feel of the leather wrapped steering wheel and this car really corners on rails. The car feels premium and has a firm but really nice ride. I also love to turn back and look at the car when I park it, it makes me feel all happy inside. Take a test drive, it is a really nice car if you want something sporty.
After reading and watching a lot of positive reviews decided to test drive. Sedan GT, automatic transmission. Car design both in and out is outstanding. Superior and timeless. A little beauty. However as soon as I got in, my confusion started to build up. First - infotainment system. I am having difficulties imagining myself to get comfortable and safe with it. Ever. There is no way safely operate the car and look for different radio station. Or is matter of time? I don't know. OK. Ride. Ride is indeed superior. Sporty and soft at the same time. I din't feel that I am driving small sedan (and I came to dealership in Acura TL). Better then Dodge Dart, Elantra, Corolla, Cruze. Didn't drive new Civic yet. The only disappointment - that little plastic display of actual speed and speed limit. It is impossible to fold it down if you don't want it. It is there all the time, and it is distracting view. The biggest disappointment is a price. You can lease nicely loaded Toyota Camry, Acura ILX or Honda accord sport for lesser money. So in my view Mazda 3 GT is for real Mazda enthusiasts, otherwise I see nor reason to go for it.
This is my 2nd Mazda 3 Sedan - I owned a 2014 Sport model previously and moved up to the 2017 Mazda 3 with premium package. No issues whatsoever with either car. Pro's: Lots of car for the $$$ - with rebates I paid $14k, handles well, fun to drive, stick shift is smooth as silk, average 39mpg, premium package is great - love the backup camera + blind side monitoring + one little toggle switch to enable & disable parking break. Con's: info system interface is not user friendly, 2.0 engine is ample for this size vehicle but no speed demon, Mazda has added more soundproofing - its quieter than the 2014 model but marginally so. I tested the Mazda 3 against Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Chevy Cruze. The Mazda handles better than any of these vehicles and much more fun to drive. I can't think of a better compact car for the dollar. Strong reliability record, terrific gas mileage, outstanding safety ratings, fun to drive, comfortable for most folks withstanding large people.