2017 Mazda 3 hatchback

Pros: Sporty, nimble driving character; crisp manual shifter; well-assembled interior

Cons: Middling acceleration with 2.0-liter engine; tacked-on navigation screen can wash out in bright sunlight conditions; some complicated audio controls; tight rear-seat space

CG Says: For 2017, the Mazda 3 gains standard G-Vectoring Control that adjusts engine torque to improve steering response and stability. All models have revised front-end and interior design. The 3’s base engine is a 155-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder; Touring 2.5 and Grand Touring models get a 184-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard; a 6-speed automatic is optional. The Mazda 3 boasts distinctive styling, respectable fuel-economy numbers, a good array of safety and technology features, and a genuinely athletic driving character. There are several compact cars that are a bit more practical and space-efficient, but few that are as engaging behind the wheel.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback, 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mazda
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Sport sedan: $17,845
Sport hatchback: $19,095
Touring sedan: $20,445
Touring hatchback: $22,245
Touring 2.5 hatchback: $22,395
Grand Touring sedan: $23,145
Grand Touring hatchback: $23,895

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
155
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
184
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-36