The new 2018 Mazda 3 is undoubtedly one of the best all-round compact cars available on the market today. Although it suffers from a choppy ride quality when fitted with the optional eighteen-inch wheels, and an above-average wind noise, it more than compensates this gripes by offering a precise handling, an available hatchback body style, lots of advanced features, a quick acceleration, a refined interior, top crash test scores, and an impressive fuel economy rating offered by the EPA.
2018 Mazda 3 Release Date & Price
Mazda is yet to make the exact details of what to expect from the 2018 Mazda 3 redesign, at least as per the date of this writing. However, there’ve been rumors circling round that the 3 will be offered for sale this fall with the base demanding from you an MSRP starting from around $17,000 – a reasonable price tag considering the feature set and the available competition.
Let’s face it, anyone shopping in this class is looking for a fuel efficiency, tons of features and technologies both standard and optional, safe, reliable, and offers a reasonable interior and cargo space. Well, with the choices available nowadays the aforementioned features shouldn’t be hard to find, right? However, the 2018 Mazda 3 offers you reasons why it is a standout among the rest. Read on for more.
Much of the pleasing attributes lurk beneath its skin. Deep within it is a standard 2.0L and a 2.5L engine that generate a decent amount of power and yet still manage to keep fuel economy ratings impressive. In fact, the more powerful 2.5L four-cylinder engine generates an output of 184 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque which is adequate to get the newest Mazda 3 from 0-60 mph in a record 7.5 seconds thereby making it one of the fastest vehicles in its class. Yet, its fuel economy ratings as per EPA remain at 31 mpg of combined highway/city cruising for the hatchback model.
Mazda says the i-Eloop system is also available for the new model, which works by redistributing and capturing braking energy and by doing so saves fuel economy. Indeed, fuel economy rises to about 33 mpg of combined highway/city cruising when equipped with the system.
Besides the impressive 2018 Mazda 3 spec sheet, the ride quality is comfortable and it manages to deliver an unrivaled driving dynamics thanks to the well-sorted suspension working synergistically with the carefully tuned, borderline-telepathic steering. The 2018 Mazda 3 interior is comfortable and upscale and reeks of an elegant aura courtesy of the upscale interior design and the extensive list if standard features.
Of course, the compact class has other great options as well. Some these include the Ford Focus ST, Kia Forte, and the Honda Civic.
2018 Mazda 3 Changes on Interior & Exterior Facelift
Two body styles are offered for the 2018 Mazda 3: sedan and hatchback. The two are further split into 3i and 3s models. the connotation after the numbers allude to the engine size with the 3i representing the 2.0L four-cylinder and the 3s the 2.5L four-cylinder engine.
Some of the standard features available for the base 2018 Mazda 3i Sport model include height-adjustable driver seat, a six-speaker audio system, smartphone-enabled internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen display, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, sixteen-inch steel wheels, a folding rear seat, voice controls, heated side mirrors, a rear-seat armrest, automatic windshield wipers, automatic headlights, a blind-spot monitor, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, HD and satellite radio, and a premium cloth upholstery.
Upscale features offered for the top-of-the-line models such as the 2018 Mazda 3s Grand Touring include a navigation system, a six-way power driver seat, heated front seats, a leatherette upholstery, a heads-up display, LED daytime running lights and taillights, a forward collision warning and mitigation, a forward collision warning, a full leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive xenon headlights, automatic high-beam headlight controls, and active grille shutters.
2018 Mazda 3 Engine Specs
As already mentioned, the new 2018 Mazda 3 comes with two engine options: a four-cylinder 2.0L engine rated at 155 horsepower offered for the Mazda 3i models, and a 2.5L four-cylinder engine good for 184 horsepower offered for the Mazda 3s.
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