2017 Mazda3 Buyer’s Guide

Like its predecessors, the all-new 2017 Mazda3 sedan is a sporty car with plenty of options to keep you entertained. The first Mazda3 was introduced in 2003, replacing the much-loved 323/Protege. Since then, it’s developed into an attractive sedan with a rich interior and high fuel performance. All Mazda3 years are worth consideration, but the 2017 Mazda3 sets new standards in safety, technology, and performance.

For safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Mazda3 as a Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating possible for cars this year. The Mazda3 infotainment system is intuitive, advanced, and fast. High gas mileage, paired with a powerful engine and new G-vectoring control give the 2017 Mazda3 outstanding performance. That’s why U.S. News ranks it #1 out of 25 other compact cars.

The Mazda3 is a compact car, but seats five. Choose from three trim options: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Each trim option is similar, but the Touring and Grand Touring have some additional outstanding features.

The Mazda3 has variable heated front seats and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats to keep everyone comfortable. For added luxury, choose leather for the steering wheel and shifter or a one-touch power sliding-glass sunroof. The Mazda3’s luxurious interior will keep both driver and passengers comfortable as they ride around Richmond.

The most impressive update for the 2017 Mazda3 is the addition of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system. This system helps drivers steer more precisely by adjusting vehicle weight and power delivery for a much smoother ride. In addition, the revised exterior features a sleek front redesign and new color options. Other noteworthy changes include a heated steering wheel option and three-times larger door-panel stow spaces to store water for hikes to Belle Isle.

Mazda3 Safety Features

Mazda6 Safety

The 2017 Mazda 3 is packed with safety features to protect your family as you drive around Richmond. It’s equipped with plenty of cameras and a radar that works to improve safety performance. One notable optional feature on the Grand Touring trim is traffic sign recognition; it recognizes and responds to traffic signs that you might otherwise miss. With the ever-changing construction on Broad and new roundabouts in Church Hill, traffic sign recognition makes the Mazda3 stand out from the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf on safety tests.

Other safety features include side impact door beams, side-impact air curtains, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and passenger weight sensors for front airbags. The lights have high beam control which automatically switches on and off for oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead. Also, adaptive front lights shift 15 degrees in the direction of your turns for improved visibility.

Backing out of parking spaces at Short Pump Mall no longer has to be stressful – the Mazda3 is equipped with backup cameras as well as traffic alerts to warn you when any cars drive towards you in the parking lot.

While driving on Richmond‘s windy interstates, no longer worry about drifting out of your lane. The lane departure warning system will alert you and, if no action is taken, will perform minor steering changes to keep the car in the correct lane. If you’re intentionally changing lanes, blind spot monitoring keeps you safe with chiming sounds and warning lights.

For a more comfortable cruise control experience, the Mazda3 uses radars to keep you a safe distance from the car in front of you. These radars also allow for the Smart Brake Support features, which automatically apply the brakes if you’re about hit an object ahead.

The 2017 Mazda3’s safety features earned it the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Mazda3 Performance


The 2017 Mazda3 SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L and 2.5L gasoline engines deliver advanced fuel efficiency, while the six speed automatic shifts provide smooth and steady acceleration. These small but powerful engines deliver up to 185 horsepower and up to 37 miles per gallon.

 SportTouringGrand Touring
Horsepower155 155 184
Engine Size2.0 liters2.0 liters2.5 liters

The most impressive advancement for performance is the new G-Vectoring Control. This control calculates optimal engine torque to improve overall stability when going around a turn. It adjusts the power delivery and shifts the vehicle weight for smoother performance. These detailed calculations work with the driver to ensure a more comfortable ride.

Mazda stands by the 2017 Mazda3 with the following programs:

  • 3-year/36,000-mile “Bumper-to-Bumper” Limited Warranty
  • 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • 3-year/36,000-mile 24/7 Roadside Assistance Program

Driving Experience

Between the cornering ability, precise steering, and seat side support, the Mazda3 is one of the most comfortable compact cars for both your daily commute and long road trips. This doesn’t only apply to people in the front seats – there is a plenty of space to fit three adults in the backseat for a quick trip, or two for a longer ride. Low road noise and a well-shaped headrest add to the Mazda3’s overall comfort.

Comfort doesn’t equate to boring for the Mazda3. A sporty sedan with quick acceleration, the Mazda3 will transform your daily commute to a fun ride.

Fuel Performance

You’ll rarely need to stop at WaWa for gas, because the Mazda3 pairs engine performance with superb fuel economy. The 2017 Mazda3 earns 28mpg in the city and 37mpg on the highway. The more powerful 2.5L engine gets 27mpg in the city and 37mpg on the highway.

Mazda3 Advanced Technology Features

2018 Mazda3 Interior

The Mazda3 also boasts a range of exciting technology advancements in its sleek interior. Mazda Connect, the infotainment system, keeps you informed about traffic conditions while keeping you entertained with its range of features. Mazda Connect includes:

  • A 7″ full-color touch-screen
  • A commander control for easy access
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capability

For assured sound quality, Mazda installed a Bose nine-speaker surround sound system that you can control from the steering wheel-mounted audio controls. If your phone battery is running low, you can charge it using the 12-volt power outlet or USB cable plugins.

The digital speedometer and full-color active driving display will keep you informed of your vehicle’s performance as you zoom around Richmond.

And never search for your keys again: the Mazda3’s remote engine start, advanced keyless entry, and push button start eliminate the need for traditional keys.

2017 Mazda3 4-Door Pricing

2018 Mazda3 4-Door

The new 2017 Mazda starts at just $17,845.

 SportTouringGrand Touring
Starting MSRP$17,845$20,445$23,145

Test Drive a Mazda3 at Whitten Brothers Mazda

What’s holding you back? Advanced safety, performance, and technology come together in the 2017 Mazda3 to make it best in class. This award-winning compact car is waiting for you now at Whitten Brothers Mazda. To schedule a test drive or ask questions about the 2017 Madza3, contact Whitten Brothers Mazda today.

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