2018 vs 2017 Mazda3

2018 vs 2017 Mazda3

2018 Mazda3 vs 2017 Mazda3
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$18,095 Base MSRP $17,845
28/38/31 mpg Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined) 27/37/31 mpg
Standard Low-speed front collision system with automatic emergency braking Available
Available LED headlights taillights, and daytime running lights Optional

Other car companies go from model year to another and don't change a single thing about select models. They see the sales numbers, appreciate that the product was received well enough, and plan to it all again next year. There's just one small problem here – not all manufacturers settle for good enough.

Mazda, for example, is constantly striving to make its best cars yet. Even if a car can't get a full redesign in a given production year, it can still receive some serious upgrades. This is made evident by our 2018 Mazda3 vs 2017 Mazda3 comparison, which highlights what's new for the 2018 Mazda3.

Main Differences – 2018 vs 2017 Mazda3

For $250 more on the base MSRP, the 2018 Mazda3 offers several key improvements that the 2017 model can't match. As estimated by the EPA, the 2018 Mazda3 earns up to 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. As you can see in the chart above, both of these are improvements over the EPA estimates for the 2017 model. This, of course, is just the beginning.

Newly standard in the 2018 production year, every model of the Mazda3 now comes with a low-speed front collision system with automatic emergency braking. In other words, the 2018 model has more standard safety features than the 2017 one.

Speaking of technology, the 2018 model also makes LED headlights taillights, and daytime running lights more accessible to Mazda3 shoppers. These state-of-the-art exterior lighting systems were once optional but are now standard in the 2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring trim, which resides at the top of the line. In other words, Mazda3 Grand Touring owners will have crystal-clear views of a very bright future.

We hope our 2018 Mazda3 vs 2017 Mazda3 comparison has helped to shed some light on the key differences between these fan-favorite models. With all due respect to the 2017 model, the 2018 Mazda3 is simply a year newer and a year better.

2018 Mazda3 Steering Wheel and Dashboard
2018 Mazda3 Front View of Red Exterior
2018 Mazda3 Close-up view of speedometer
2018 Mazda3 Side View of Red Exterior


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