Noisy and sophisticated, the 2018 Mazda 3 is a compact economy that is one of the most fun cars to drive in its class. Available as an elegant 4-door sedan or a versatile 5-door sedan, the new Mazda3 delivers impressive standard features, many active technology-based safety systems and a refined interior
After a slight overhaul last year, the 2018 Mazda 3 is distinguished by a better exterior appearance and a good interior layout. Starting from our basic rating of 5, we give the small sedan or hatchback an above average point for its interior approach and two others for its exceptional exterior.
Only Mazda is revolutionary, but it excels at the little things we already know. The overall proportions of the Mazda 3 are a bit ‘cab-back’, which cheats the eyes with rear drive proportions. The smiling face of Mazda 3’s nose has happily gone, and what remains, resembles an angry kabuki mask, according to us. The windshield pillars are 4 inches farther from the hood, giving more drama to the small car. Its training will never be confused with a high-performance sports car, but its athletic profile indicates a fast steering configuration and tighter driving. The sedan and the tailgate both share a shoulder line that sweeps the doors into the taillights. The subtlety of Mazda does not become boring, and their cars manage to feel very simple. The tailgate uses a simplified and fast roofline for a more elegant shape that cuts usable space. The sedan and hatchback models have rounded rear ends, which the sedan carries a little better. We always choose the tailgate for its more functional form, but we accept that tastes differ.
Inside, the Mazda 3 is focused on the driver with an instrument and a control display slightly inclined towards the driver. The liquid crystal gauges remain the same (although we wish them to reconsider) and Grand Touring models offer a “parchment” leather that helps brighten an otherwise darkened interior.
While the Sport base still covers the 155-liter four-cylinder 155-hp four-cylinder, the Touring models now feature the 184-hp 4.5-liter four-cylinder Grand-Touring four-cylinder system. All trimmings now have an automated emergency brake, but it only works at lower speeds as standard and the Touring models feature a new dark-colored aluminum wheel design; illuminated mirrors and head goggles become standard rather than optional equipment on this trim.
The 2018 Mazda 3 Sport compact sedan has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting just under $ 19,000, while the Mazda3 Sport hatchback starts just over $ 20,000.