Used Mazda3 Buying Guide

2017 Mazda3
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2017 Mazda3

$17,845-$24,945 / U.S. News Score: 8.9 (Details Below)

Wondering whether you should consider a new Mazda3? With a fuel economy rating of 28 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway with the base engine (25 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway with the more powerful version), top safety ratings, and universal praise by reviewers, the 2017 Mazda3 ranks No. 1 among 23 compact cars.

Plus, it earned our No. 1 rating for both small cars and hatchbacks. Aside from a minor aesthetic refresh, new trim names, and the addition of traffic sign recognition, the 2017 Mazda3 is essentially a carryover of the 2016 model.

What makes it so great? Like the 2016, the 2017 model boasts sharp steering, a nicer cabin than its competitors, ample cargo space (especially in the hatchback), and a user-friendly infotainment system that includes the ability to read your text messages aloud.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard, or upgrade to the six-speed automatic. The larger four-cylinder engine offers about 30 more horses than the base model and offers even sportier handling. There are four trim levels. Options like blind spot monitoring, heated door mirrors, and adaptive cruise control are available. 

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