Ontario Area Mazda Drivers Ride In Style In The 2018 Mazda3
Buyers who have been shopping for an economical compact sedan or hatchback, have many makes and models to choose from. If you think buying a car in this class means you have to settle for a joyless, boring vehicle, we have good news. The 2018 Mazda3 provides much more than you’d expect from a car at its price point. If you live in the local area, Ontario Mazda dealers are happy to show you the Mazda3, so you can experience its attractive styling for yourself. When you test drive the Mazda3, you’ll soon see this sporty car is a lot of fun to drive.
The 2018 Mazda3 seats five and is offered as a sedan and a four-door hatchback. There are three trim levels available: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Powering the Sport and Touring models is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque, teamed with a six-speed manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic. The Grand Touring trim is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 184 hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque, with the same transmission choices as the 2.0-liter engine.
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Fuel economy is excellent, with the 2.0-liter engine delivering EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway with the automatic.* The Mazda3 sedan with the 2.5-liter engine gets 25/34 with the manual and 27/36 with the automatic. Hatchback models check in with 25/33 with the manual and 26/35 with the automatic.
The automotive press gives the 2018 thumbs up, with Kelley Blue Book writing: “Playful and sophisticated, the 2018 Mazda3 is a fuel-efficient compact that’s one of the most fun-to-drive cars in its class. … If you believe life is too short to drive an ugly car you’ll like the 2018 Mazda3.”
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Inside, you’ll find a sophisticated cabin that looks absolutely upscale. You’ll find high-quality material and panels, with logically located controls. The Sport and Touring trims get imitation leather, while the upper Grand Touring trim features perforated leather upholstery.
Features that come standard on the base Sport trim include push-button start, an electronic parking brake, cruise control, a rearview camera, the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch screen, an audio system with six-speakers, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB input. Also standard is Smart City Brake Support, a system that helps in an emergency by braking for you when the vehicle is moving at less than 19 mph.
The Mazda3 Touring adds 18-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. Opt for the Grand Touring trim and you’ll also get a head-up display, a power sunroof, a premium Bose stereo system, and perforated leather upholstery.
The IIHS gave the 2018 Mazda3 its top score of Good in all crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.