2018 Mazda 3 Concept, Redesign and Review

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Not many vehicles successfully combine style, dynamics, and value in a compact package, but the Mazda 3 does, which is why it’s a 10Best winner. Hatchback or sedan bodies are available; a slick six-speed manual and a 155-hp 2.0-liter four are standard, while a six-speed automatic and a 2.5-liter 184-hp four are options. The responsive steering and great handling will have drivers dreaming of twisty roads. Even add-ons such as nav, traffic-sign recognition, and heated seats won’t break the bank.

Even near the end of its life cycle and in its least desirable form—at least to us—the sporty Mazda 3 still impresses. Our ideal 3 has a manual transmission, the larger 2.5-liter engine, and a hatch, while the updated 2017 model tested here is a 2.0-liter sedan with an automatic transmission. It’s also a mid-level Touring; if it were one rung lower, which Mazda dubs the Sport trim, it’d be the 3 lineup’s closest analogue to a penalty box.

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Yet the 3 family is so good that no member underachieves. The six-speed automatic we’d so readily trade for the standard manual shifts crisply and makes the most of the 2.0-liter inline-four engine’s 155 ponies—and the automatic’s manual shift gate has you push the lever forward for downshifts and back for upshifts, the most intuitive layout. The smaller engine moves the 3 admirably, but its high-rpm graininess and loudness on cold starts (it quiets down when warm) don’t measure up against the smoother base engines in newer competitors. If it’s speed you’re after, the more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the one to get, although for 2017 it’s no longer available outside of the range-topping Grand Touring trim.

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