Perhaps the biggest highlight of the refresh is the addition of Mazda's trick G-Vectoring Control, which Mazda says will find its way across the entire lineup. When you’re shopping for a new car and looking at the snazzy new model on your dealer’s lot, you may hear the word connectivity thrown around a bunch.
In North America, the Mazda6 will be the first vehicle to receive G-Vectoring Control. Sixteen years ago, when I wrote “Commuter Combat,” comparing the Civic, Corolla, and Sentra, these were considered economy cars that people bought mostly for budgetary concerns. It’s a feature that’s often advertised, and connectivity does make a number of things easier.
Whereas the Mazda3 was the easy choice in the past, three of its competitors have released significantly improved new models that outperform the Mazda3 in all categories.
Mazda’s 2017 updates address some of our concerns and may improve the Mazda3’s performance in future tests.
During this phase, Business requirements are analyzed and System Requirements are documented.
At the same time technology required to develop the system is also identified.
Neither the IIHS nor NHTSA had tested a 2017 Mazda3 at the time of this writing.
What We Think In a recent Big Test comparison against six key rivals, the 2016 Mazda3 placed fourth.Engine choices continue to be a 2.0-liter I-4 making 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque or a 2.5-liter I-4 making 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft.Both drive the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.Also new for 2017 is a blind spot monitoring system and a lane keeping system, which can gently steer the car back into its lane.These features, the latest addition to the “i-Activ Sense” suite of driver aides, are optional.The consolation cars, as some called them, were low-cost, low-feature, and high-fuel-economy A-to-B transportation and little else. Just how much is that cool new connectivity going to cost you? A new report from Motoring has revealed that the next generation of Mazdaspeed models will be “more mature” than the old ones.