Review: 2018 Mazda3

Review: 2018 Mazda3

Whether you need a compact sedan that’s big enough for the whole family or a sporty hatchback that’s begging to take on the open roads of Kansas City, there’s 2018 Mazda3 for you.

Below, we’ll give you the details on what each trim level offers, as well as third-party safety ratings. See which model is right for you, then visit us for a test drive.

Comfort and Convenience

The Mazda3 is available as a sedan or hatchback, and trims include the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The sedan has 96.3 cubic feet of passenger space and 12.4 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk, while the hatchback gives you 20.2 cubes behind the rear seats and 47.1 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded – large enough to fit a bike.

 The Sport trim includes air conditioning with pollen filter, Push Button Start, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth tech, auxiliary and USB input, and MAZDA CONNECT™ with a 7-inch display, HD Radio, and more.

The Mazda3 Touring adds Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, leatherette-trimmed seating and door panels, dual-zone climate control, 6-way power driver’s seat, variable heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Available features include a Bose sounds system, moonroof, and satellite radio package.

Grand Touring trims include perforated leather-trimmed sport seats, a full-color Active Driving Display, Bose audio, and Sirius XM Radio. Additionally, it comes with the option for a heated steering wheel, adaptive front lighting, Mazda Navigation System, HomeLink, and more.

Safety and Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mazda3 a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, and the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The IIHS gave the Mazda compact a Superior rating for crash avoidance and mitigation.

All models come standard with Smart City Brake Support, a Rearview Camera, and Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control System. The Touring adds and Advanced Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Options on the Grand Touring include High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Mazda3 Sport is equipped with a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV®-G engine that makes 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, while upper trims feature a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G engine that produces 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have a standard 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic with Sport mode, which gives you an added boost when passing, merging, or just cruising.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Mazda3 gets up to 28 MPG city and 38 MPG highway. Compared to the average new car, this saves you $1,000 in fuel over five years, according to the agency.

Visit us in Kansas City today to test drive a brand-new 2018 Mazda3 sedan or hatchback.


Starting at $18,095 MSRP

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