This week the Roadside Travels team is trying out the 2017 Mazda 3. We have gone over quite a few Mazda’s, and they never disappoint.

About the Mazda 3:

“From being named a finalist for World Car of the Year, to landing on Car and Driver’s 10Best list every year it’s been eligible, the current-generation Mazda3 has become a standard by which compact cars are judged. The 2017 Mazda3’s exterior tweaks are subtle, but effectively elevate the vehicle’s KODO—Soul of Motion design.

In the inside, occupants are treated to an interior that should make anyone seriously question the need to go for a more expensive compact offering from any other car company. With more than 5 million units produced since its introduction as a 2004 model and serving as Mazda’s most widely sold model, Mazda3 continues to be a trailblazer in the compact car segment.

It stands as one of Mazda’s core models that leads the way toward the evolution and advancement of the Mazda brand. Already known for its impressive design and excellent handling, the changes for the 2017 Mazda3 deliver a more premium appearance and function that further differentiate it from its competitors”

The Interior

When it comes to space the inside has a definite sporty yet family friendly feel. My only concern is that once the kids get bigger they would not fit too comfortably in the car has there is not much leg room. Now if the kids sit behind me then they are set but if my husband gets his 6’3″ frame in either seat whoever sits behind him would be uncomfortable if we have a long drive.

 

So what is new for 2017?

This is something I was asked quite a bit when it came to the 2017 Mazda 3 since I have reviewed a few and the answer is a lot:

“Here’s an at-a-glance list of what’s new and different about the 2017 Mazda3:

  • Repackaged trim levels, eliminating “i” and “s” engine designations and providing more content at each price point – Revised front design, emphasizing visual width and stability; rear bumper revised on five-door models – Newly available paint colors to Mazda3, including Machine Gray Metallic, Eternal Blue
  • Revised front design, emphasizing visual width and stability; rear bumper revised on five-door models – Newly available paint colors to Mazda3, including Machine Gray Metallic, Eternal Blue
  • Newly available paint colors to Mazda3, including Machine Gray Metallic, Eternal Blue Mica and Sonic Silver
  • Mazda’s all-new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) technology, standard across all trim levels – The six-speed manual transmission now available on
  • The six-speed manual transmission now available on toptrim Mazda3 Grand Touring models with all i-ACTIVSENSE safety features available
  • An upgraded interior with enhanced storage space, enhanced materials, increased sound suppression and redesigned look and feel
  • 18-inch wheels as standard equipment on all Touring models
  • New Mazda3 Touring 2.5 model, which makes more of Mazda3’s standout features available at a compelling price point
  • Self-leveling, automatic LED low- and high-beam headlights replace xenon HID headlights in Mazda3 Grand Touring trim levels as available equipment.”

The Recap

Overall the crew gave the 2017 Mazda 3 a high score, it was fun to drive (especially if you put it in Sport mode) and fuel-efficient to boot. Trunk space had more than my green machine (2015 Kia Soul), but I only wish there were a bit more leg room and head space.

The 2017 Mazda 3 MSRP starts from $17,845. Learn more about the 2017 Mazda 3 on MazdaUSA and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Disclosure: I was provided the car for two weeks so I could provide my honest review.

 

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