2017 Mazda3 Arrives in U.S. Showrooms This Week With a $17,845 Starting Price

You may not spot the styling changes, but it gets plenty of new equipment

The 2017 Mazda3 goes on sale this month across the United States with a series of styling and content updates mirroring those that debuted on the Japanese-spec model in July.

Available as a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback, the 2017 Mazda3 gains more standard features highlighted by G-Vectoring Control, a technology that uses the engine to refine steering and handling to match the driver's inputs. Other upgrades are the enhanced sound insulation and the simplifying of the trim levels.

The 2017 Mazda3 continues to be available in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels, but instead of models being designated as "i" (2.0L) or "s" (2.5L), the automaker has simplified the lineup. Sport and Touring models feature the smaller engine while Touring 2.5 and Grand Touring models get the larger offering.

Another change refers to the range-topping Mazda3 Grand Touring model equipped with manual transmission, which will now be available with the Premium Package and the i-ACTIVSENSE suite of advanced safety technologies. Previously, both only came with the automatic transmission model.

As before, the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine delivers 155 hp and can be linked to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Higher trim levels get the 184 hp SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit.

Styling-wise, the 2017 Mazda3 features very discreet updates, with the most important being the slightly revised grille and headlights.

Prices start from $17,845 for the base 2017 Mazda3 Sedan Sport with six-speed manual transmission and from $19,095 for the five-door model in the same configuration. Prices exclude a $835 destination and handling charge ($880 in Alaska).

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