New for the 2017 model year is standard G-Vectoring Control, a Mazda-exclusive technology that uses the engine to refine steering and handling to match the driver’s inputs. In addition, the Mazda3 has enhanced sound insulation to complement the redesigned, upscale interior. The Japanese automaker has also simplified the trim levels, while adding the Premium Package and i-ACTIVESENSE suite of advanced safety technologies to the manual transmission-equipped Mazda3 Grand Touring model. Previously, the two were reserved for Mazda3 models equipped with the available automatic transmission.
Like last year, the 2017 Mazda3 is available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring models, but the lineup has been simplified with Sport and Touring models being equipped with the smaller 2.0-liter engine and Touring 2.5 and Grand Touring models coming with a larger 2.5-liter engine.
The 2.0-liter engine provides 155 horsepower and can be paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 2.5-liter mill provides 184 hp.
The automatic transmission is a $1,050 option while the Sport Preferred Equipment Package runs $1,000. There is also a Touring Popular Equipment Package for $1,500 as well as a Grand Touring Premium Equipment Package for $1,600. Also available separately is the i-ACTIVESENSE Package of advanced sfaety features for $1,100. On automatic models, i-ELOOP is priced at $800.