The 2018 Mazda 3 may not be one of the top family cars on road but you cannot overlook its appeal as well. It remains a versatile, classy and popular car from the stable of Mazda.
The new model will battles it out with rivals like Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus and VW Golf. For 2018, it gets a nice makeover. The changes lie in powertrain more than design revamp. The new powertrain is more focused on enhancing fuel efficiency than offering sheer acceleration.
2018 Mazda 3 – Impressive Quality
The design of 2018 Mazda 3 is enticing but not really gaudy or aggressive looking. The grille and lamps are now revised and same can be said about the bumpers of the vehicle. Blending of curves on the side and sharp creases are easy on eyes. The Mazda 3 2018 gets some nice exterior color choices. It is sold both as hatchback or sedan form.
Step inside the cabin of 2018 Mazda 3 and an upscale and streamlined dashboard greets you. The material quality is impressive and you will be hard pressed to locate bits of hard plastics. Mazda has used enough soft touch material all over the cabin.
It is also quite spacious and cargo space is good. The hatchback model is good if you want more cargo capacity.
The upholstery is best in top trim, as it is natural. But other trims also get leatherette upholstery that looks classy. One nice thing is that the infotainment can be operated both by touch input and an external rotary control.
The latter is ideal for those who are not savvy with touch input screens. The seats are comfortable and you will not feel fatigued even after long journeys.
There are 4 trims- Sport, Touring, Touring 2.5 and top Grand Touring. However, based on markets, these are renamed as SE, Se-L, and Sports Nav.
The Mazda has revamped the entertainment features in 2018 Mazda 3. The Se trim gets a nice and crisp 7-inch screen. It is the breeze to use and user-friendly. It also gets Bluetooth, USB and Smartphone support, 16 in alloy wheels, steering wheel stereo controls.
The SE-L trim adds dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic xenon headlights. Both these trims are available with navigation capability. Sports Nav trim gets keyless entry, 18 in wheels, parking sensors, Satellite navigation etc. There are individual upgrade options too.
The Mazda has been focusing on improving vehicle safety and this is also clear in the case of 2018 Mazda 3. All trims are equipped with safety features including airbags, antilock disc brakes, TPMS, rearview camera and stability control.
The models also get vehicle theft alarm. Top trim gets blind-spot monitoring system, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.
Under the Hood of 2018 Mazda 3
The 2018 Mazda 3 comes with a 2.0 L and an output of 150 HP. However, you would be mistaken to think it is a slouch. On the contrary, the engine is capable and very fuel efficient.
Another 2.5L diesel engine is also there and its output is only 184 HP. All engines get paired with a six-speed manual gearbox but they can also be paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. All the engines are fuel efficient.
If acceleration is not the forte of 2018 Mazda 3, it scores very well on ride comfort. However, the ride is not smooth if you opt for larger 18-inch alloy wheels. Of course, a small amount of body roll exists but it does not get unbearable as such. The sad thing is the cabin does not remain quiet at high speeds.
Availability and Cost
Exact release date of the 2018 Mazda 3 is not known. The 2018 Mazda3 sedan has an (MSRP) of around $18,700, while the Mazda3 hatchback starts just under $20,000.
Summing it up
The 2018 Mazda 3 is a versatile and stylish vehicle that is aimed at wide range of buyers. The design changes are nice but the new power train deserves more praise.
The turbo diesel is a good choice but other engines score well on fuel saving. The cabin, however, is a bit noisy than most segment rivals and ride quality is a bit on the tough side.
If Mazda can keep the price right, it will give many compact sedans and hatchbacks tough competition.