The compact car segment is a crowded place with popular choices like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and Ford Focus, to name a few, making the choice for a smaller vehicle that much more challenging. For 2018, the Mazda3 is hoping to stay a little more competitive amongst the group by offering more standard features. From more safety to the entry-level model, a bigger engine as standard in the mid-level Touring, and more features without having to pay for another package in the top-end Grand Touring 2018 Mazda3.
2018 Mazda3 Standard Features: What’s New
Smart City Brake Support
The 2018 Mazda3 small sedan and five-door hatchback will now offer standard Smart City Brake Support in the entry-level Mazda3 Sport — a feature that supports automatic emergency braking.
Mazda3 Touring gets bigger engine
The power plant for the mid-level 2018 Mazda3 Touring has been beefed up as well with a now standard 184-hp SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine — the more powerful of the two Mazda3 engine offerings (previously only equipped with the higher level 2017 Mazda3 Touring 2.5 hatchback and Grand Touring models).
Mazda3 Grand Touring Premium Equipment Package adds more features
Compared to the outgoing 2017 Mazda3 Grand Touring, the 2018 model essentially takes two premium packages and combines them into one — so the Premium Equipment Package now offers more, opposed to having to fork out more money for another upgrade. Consumers opting for this one package now get a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System, a heated steering wheel, paddle shifters on automatic models, Mazda navigation system, auto-dimming interior mirror with Homelink, High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support and Traffic Sign Recognition.
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2018 Mazda3 Pricing and Availability
Arriving at dealerships this month, the 2018 Mazda3 will be priced as follows (USD):
• Sport Preferred Equipment Package
• Touring BOSE®/Satellite/Moonroof Package
Grand Touring 6MT
Grand Touring 6AT
• Grand Touring Premium Equipment Package