Taking a Closer Look at the 2017 Mazda3. The 2017 Mazda3 is available with the option of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive. The engine comes in a 2.0 Litre or a 2.5-Litre four-cylinder, and fuel economy rates at 8.6 L/100 km for city driving and 6.4 L/100 km on the highway. There are three trims on offer, and various additional packages are available for each of them. The Comfort package for the base model includes air-conditioning, while the GS comes standard with a heated steering wheel. As well for the GS, there is advanced blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and smart-city brake support with pedestrian detection. An available extra for the GS is a moonroof. The GT comes with LED headlights and dual-zone climate control.
Award-winning New Handling Enhancement
G-Vector Control is a new subtle handling enhancement technology for Mazda. Winner of the AJAC 2017 Best New Innovation Award, it provides integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis, and body to enhance the feeling of connection between car and driver. G-Vector together with the other updates, particularly to the interior, makes the 2017 Mazda3, a worthwhile car to buy.There are new safety measures available that offer a great help for safer driving. Unfortunately, the interior of the car is rather cramped, and the comfort for passengers is not one of Mazda’s assets. The knee-room is rather tight and the atmosphere rather claustrophobic. The driver is better catered for with a low-slung sporty driving position. The fittings and general finishes are good, and so are the touchscreen and control ergonomics with stylish instrument cluster design and elegant dashboard decoration panel. However, features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not included in the connectivity portfolio. There is not an awful lot of space in the trunk area but if the rear seats are folded down –they fold flat to the floor –then a lot of luggage or other gear will fit in comfortably.
Keeping you safe on the drive
New safety measures come available for the 2017 Mazda3 with Activsense Safety Technologies helping driver’s stay informed of potential road hazards. A new addition is alerting the driver of an early collision risk to take action. Rear traffic alert, detects vehicles approaching from the side and warns the driver on the touchscreen display and the side mirror. The adaptive front-lighting system improves night cornering visibility for spotting danger ahead, and smart city brake support automatically applies the brakes if no driver action is taken.