The 2017 Mazda 3 remains one of the most distinctive cars in the compact-car class. While it might not grab as much attention as offerings from some larger brands, the Mazda 3 has a compelling combination of efficient engines, design flair, safety, value, and driving precision should earn it a place on almost every shopper’s small-car list.
The Mazda 3 has its primary appeal in driving fun. You’ll get satisfying performance whether you get the 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-4 or the 184-hp, 2.5-liter version, or whether you opt for the 6-speed automatic or the 6-speed manual gearbox. In any combination, they bring satisfying performance and better responsiveness than most compact cars.