2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Sedan Test Drive Review

2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Sedan Test Drive Review
- Mazda’s beautifully designed and well-executed compact irrespective of sedan or hatchback with manual or automatic transmission, our test car is 2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring automatic sedan less practical than 2.5-liter Mazda 3 hatchback with a six-speed manual

- a mild freshening inside and out, tweaks are subtle, the reshaped grille and headlights

- base Sport and mid-level Touring models, with the 155-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, the top Grand Touring trim comes with the 2.5-liter four with 184 horsepower

- six-speed manual remains standard regardless of trim level, $1050 for the six-speed automatic

- zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, 0.6 second quicker than its manual hatchback equivalent, also matches that of the Honda Civic sedan

- averaged 29 mpg overall, 42 mpg in our 75-mph highway test

- new G-Vectoring Control, it temporarily reduces the engine’s torque ever so slightly as you turn the wheel to sharpen initial response

- new steering wheel improves the experience, the leather wrapping is high quality

- Mazda 3 aren’t intended to be sport compacts in the vein of a Volkswagen Golf GTI or a Ford Focus ST

- threshold of 0.86 g is near the top of the class, 174-foot stop from 70 mph is about average, soft tuning suspension, a fair amount of body roll when pushed

- this $27,970 sedan, a high price despite heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers

- few compacts can match the Mazda’s overall sophistication and upscale feel

Starting Price $25,070
Vehicle Type 4 door sedan, front engine, front wheel drive
Engine DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-capable inline-4, direct fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 184 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque 185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm
Displacement 152 cu in, 2488 cc
Wheelbase 106.3 in
Length 180.3 in
Width 70.7 in
Height 57.3 in
Curb weight 3070 lb
Passenger volume 95 cu ft
Cargo volume 12 cu ft
0-60 mph 6.8 sec
0-100 mph 18.5 sec
Top speed 132 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 7.1 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 3.5 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 4.4 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 174 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 27/36 mpg
C/D observed 29 mpg
Pros best fuel economy, powerful acceleration
Cons pricey, road noise