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Serving Macon, Warner Robins, and Morrow, GA
The 2017 Mazda3 takes the small sedan beyond basic transportation. It’s fun to drive and packed with refined features and technology. Good safety scores help seal the deal. If you are looking for the right model for you, the 2017 Mazda3 Sport and Mazda3 Touring are two popular trim levels. The main differences between the Mazda3 Sport and Mazda3 Touring are the upgraded features available on the Touring model such as larger 18 inch wheels and dual-zone climate control. Read on for an in-depth guide to help with your decision-making.
The new Mazda3 has a more upscale interior including a more contemporary dashboard design, a new steering wheel, and more standard equipment. Freeing up space, a new electronic parking brake makes its debut.
Both the Sport and the Touring editions benefit from Mazda’s new G-Vectoring® Control. It improves stability and handling. The ride has been smoothed by a retuned suspension. Both editions start with the 2-liter four-cylinder engine. It generates 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. If you step up to the Touring 2.5, the engine spits out 184 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard with a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic. These cars excel at drivability with quick, smooth acceleration. If you step up to the Grand Touring, you can opt for the i-ELoop package. This includes an energy recovery system and active grille shutters. This boosts the standard fuel economy, already rated at 33 or 37 mpg highway.
Curb appeal is standard whether you choose the sedan or hatchback. The Sport wears 16-inch wheels while the Touring wears 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels. Cabins come packed with today’s favorite features. The Sport driver enjoys an adjustable seat and a tilt-telescopic steering wheel. For cargo, the rear seats fold down flat. The preferred equipment package adds premium cloth upholstery and a rear-seat armrest. Standard dash tech includes a seven-inch touchscreen with a supplemental knob-based controller and voice controls. Internet radio choices are augmented by HD radio. With more technology and style, the Touring offers an upscale feel. Premium leatherette covers the seats, and leather covers the shift knob and steering wheel. A six-way power adjustment is added to the driver’s seat. Both front seats have power-heat cushioning. Push button start and dual-zone automatic climate control add to the contemporary atmosphere.
With five stars from the federal crash testers, the Mazda3 family is safe whether you choose the Sport or Touring trim. To prevent an accident, the Sport offers a package with heated side mirrors and automatic headlights. These are standard on the Touring edition. A low-speed forward collision warning is another Touring feature. The mitigation system helps the driver avoid a crash. Touring editions also have a blind spot monitor to watch for side traffic. When in reverse, this doubles as a rear cross-traffic alert. While the Sport offers a blind spot monitor in the preferred equipment package, you cannot get the Touring edition’s other crash avoidance features. Stepping up to the Grand Touring trims affords drivers forward collision warning with mitigation capability. It also adds lane departure and assist.
Whether you choose the Sport or the Touring trim, quality and affordability come along for the ride. Schedule a test drive at Five Star Mazda.
All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.