Handsome styling; great performance; upscale luxuries; attractive pricing; excellent fuel economy
Slightly sluggish with the 2.0-liter engine; infotainment interface can be slow and confusing; firm ride with 18-inch wheels; still no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
For 2018, the Mazda3 gains Mazda's Smart City Brake Support low-speed collision avoidance system as standard equipment. The 2.5-liter engine, a rear spoiler, an overhead console and illuminated vanity mirrors becomes standard on Touring trims, while the Grand Touring gains auto-leveling bi-LED headlights, LED taillights and LED fog lights. Some feature shuffling in the option packages round out the changes.
Virtually every Mazda3 offers a long list of positive traits. Our favorite trim level is the Touring. It combines the big engine with everything you might want from a compact car -- and a few things you probably weren't expecting. However, for just a little more, the Grand Touring gives you everything you'll need and opens the door to advanced driver assist features.
The 2018 Mazda3 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Shoppers have a choice between a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback and manual or automatic transmissions.
The Mazda3 Sport ($18,970 for the sedan, $20,220 for the hatchback) includes push-button starting, a 6-speed manual transmission, Smart City Brake Support, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, 16-in steel wheels, a folding rear seat, a 7-in full-color touchscreen connected to a 6-speaker audio system with USB integration and Mazda Connect infotainment, cruise control, Bluetooth (including audio), a rearview camera and a tilt-telescopic steering column.
Above the Sport is the Mazda3 Touring ($22,014 for the sedan, $22,765 for the hatchback). The Touring model adds an automatic transmission (a 6-speed manual is optional), 18-in alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a rear spoiler, leatherette seating, a 6-way power driver's seat, halogen fog lights, heated front seats, advanced keyless entry and starting, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert and heated side mirrors.
The Mazda3 Grand Touring ($25,070 for the sedan, $25,820 for the hatchback) adds perforated leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, bi-LED headlights, LED fog lights, Advanced Key keyless entry and start, Bose 9-speaker surround sound audio and a heads-up display.
Optional for the Mazda3 Sport (sedan only) is the Preferred Equipment package, which adds 16-in alloy wheels, heated side mirrors with integrated turn-signal lamps, premium cloth-trimmed sport seats, auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert. The Touring's Popular Equipment package adds a power sunroof, a Bose 9-speaker surround-sound system with Centerpoint 2 and AudioPilot 2, SiriusXM radio with a 4-month subscription, a rear spoiler and a shark-fin antenna (this package is standard on manual transmission cars). The Mazda3 Grand Touring offers the Premium Equipment package, again standard on manual transmission cars and optional on those with the automatic. The package includes navigation, adaptive cruise control, adaptive front lighting, auto high-beam control, a heated steering wheel, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition and a more advanced high-speed forward-collision warning system.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2018 Ford Focus -- The Ford Focus remains a worthy competitor, offering more conservative styling but equally impressive audio and electronic features. Like the Mazda3, it's offered as a sedan or a hatchback, and the turbocharged ST can blow the doors off a Grand Touring.
2018 Honda Civic -- The Honda Civic feels at home in the compact-car segment. Base models are just as sporty as the Mazda3, but the performance-oriented Civic Si and Type R will give any Mazda3 a run for its money.
2018 Chevrolet Cruze -- The Cruze is available as a sedan or hatchback, and features a better infotainment system and the option of a diesel engine.
Used Audi A3 -- For the price of a new Mazda3 Grand Touring, you can pick up a nice 2015 Audi A3 sedan and get the option of all-wheel drive, a better interior and better performance.