2017 Mazda 3 – Release Date, News and Rumors

2017 Mazda 3 review

For an all-round experience, the new 2017 Mazda 3 is arguably one of the most capable hatchbacks that will be available for sale this year. It promises thrifty yet powerful engines, a smooth ride quality, and sporty driving dynamics. Other highlights include a brisk acceleration, tons of available features for the money, precise handling, a refined interior, and top crash test scores. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.

2017 Mazda 3 exterior, side view, alloy wheels

While some brands may offer several tweaks here and there on their compact sedans or hatchbacks, some things have always remained almost invariant: spacious interior accommodations, top safety specs, reliable, and fuel efficient. Well, for an MSRP of around 20,000, most of the available competition are able to meet these requirements. However, very few of these can offer the kind of engaging driving experience the Mazda 3 2017 offers.

2017 Mazda 3 rear view, blue color, taillights, tailpipe and badges

With a stonking 2.5L and 2.0L engines under its hood, the new model manages to not only offer an impressive fuel economy rating but also powerful outputs that manage to make it one of quickest vehicles in its class. Again, it comes with an upgraded suspension, and a telepathic steering system that results in top notch driving dynamics. Other standout features include an upscale interior design and an extensive list of standard and optional features.

2017 Mazda 3 spy shots front view

This year though, there are plenty of solid picks too. Some of these include the 2017 Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and the Kia Forte 2017. But for an entertaining drive, the Mazda 3 happens to be the only car that can liven up your day.

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2017 Mazda 3 Release Date & Price

2017 Mazda 3 release date

According to rumors – as Mazda is yet to make the official news of its debut official – the new model will probably go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017. The pricing structure is also a mystery for now, however, a competitive starting price of around $22,000 shouldn’t come as a surprise.

2017 Mazda 3 Exterior

2017 Mazda 3 front angle, headlights and grille

Yet again, Mazda is offering the Mazda 3 in both five-door hatchback and four-door sedan body styles. Some of the basics available to both include power-folding side-view mirrors, sixteen-inch wheels, and LED headlights, taillights, and foglights. Options include adaptive HID headlights, and upgraded eighteen-inch alloys. Based on the KODO design language, the new model comes with a narrow front end, a trapezoidal grille, narrow headlights, and optional twin foglights.

2017 Mazda 3 rear angle, taillights and taillpipe

A sporty profile is offered by the lower crease and a shoulder line. Its designers were also able to offer it a cab-back design that emanates from a lengthy hood line that stretches from the windshield pillars and cabin down to the rear axle. Moving to the aft, a sense of width to the 3’s stance is offered by the oval, horizontal shape. Both the taillights and headlights are narrow and sharp. In overall, the exterior profile blends some sporty intent with a sense of premium refinement thanks also to the smooth, tight, and attractive flowing lines.

2017 Mazda 3 Interior

2017 Mazda 3 interior, dashboard, lcd screen and steering wheel

The interior, as before, is chock full of a gamut of standard features. The door locks and windows are electronically operated. And truth be told, the cabin is, without a doubt, decently upmarket for cars in this neck of the woods. Some of the available accessories include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, power-folding mirrors, smartphone app connectivity, a six-speaker audio system, voice controls, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a premium cloth upholstery, HD and internet radio functionality, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and premium leatherette upholstery.

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2017 Mazda 3 interior, leather back seats

Several packages are also available such as the Technology package that tacks on features such as an automatic high-beam headlight control, lane-departure warning system, a forward collision alert, active grille shutters, and the i-Eloop regenerative braking system.

Available Trims

2017 Mazda 3 exterior, front view, grey color, grille and badges

Two trims – 3i and the 3s – are available for the new model. Both are further broken down into 3i Sport, 3i Grand Touring, 3i Grand Touring, 3s Touring, and 3s Grand Touring.

Specifications

2017 Mazda 3 exterior, overhead view

Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 180.3 in
Width: 70.7 in
Passenger volume: 96 cu ft
Cargo volume: 12 cu ft
Curb weight: 2883 lb
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 7.5 sec
MPG: 29/41 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Blue Reflex Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Liquid Silver Metallic, Meteor Gray Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Soul Red Metallic, Titanium Flash Mica
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Engine Specs

2017 Mazda 3 engine

Under the hood of the new model are two engines: a 155-horsepower – generating 2.0L four-cylinder engine and a 184-hp –producing 2.5L four-cylinder engine. Either the six-speed manual or an automatic transmission is available as the transmission system.

Safety Changes

2017 Mazda 3 exterior, safety

The 2016 Mazda 3 earned a perfect score of five out of five stars for overall crash safety, five for total side safety, and five for total frontal crash protection. Similar results are also expected for the 2017 model, however, the results should be awaited on its release date.

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2017 Mazda 3 side view, red color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Mazda 3 rear view, grey color, taillights and badges

2017 Mazda 3 side angle, red color, alloy wheels

2017 Mazda 3 exterior, front view, grille

2017 Mazda 3 exterior, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Mazda 3 front view, blue color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Mazda 3 side view, exterior, alloy wheels and headlights

2017 Mazda 3 exterior, red color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Mazda 3 interior, leather front seats and steering wheel

2017 Mazda 3 interior, gear shift knob

2017 Mazda 3 interior, leather front and back seats

2017 Mazda 3 trunk, cargo space

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