David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/21/18 12:06 p.m.

For years Mazda has given us pint-sized cars with enough room for four people. Remember the RX-3? Or the GLC? Or, more recently, the Mazda2?

Mazda’s smallest sedan these days is the Mazda3, and it has also grown in terms of both style and stature. And it’s grown in importance, too, as today it’s Mazda’s most popular model.

The Mazda3 received some updates for 2018. All Touring-spec cars receive the 2.5-liter Skyactive-G engine plus dark silver wheels. Touring and Grand Touring models get a new deck lid spoiler, too. The assorted packages get more content.

We sampled the top-o-the-line Grand Touring sedan, meaning the 2.5-liter engine, leather-trimmed seats, dual-zone climate control and more. How much more? How about heated front seats plus a heated steering wheel. Sounds excessive? Go live in Minnesota for a winter and get back to us.

The Grand Touring sedan starts at $24,195, while options bumped ours to $28,385. The two big options were a $1300 Appearance Package (front air dam, mirror caps, rear bumper skirt and side sill extensions) plus $1600 for a Premium Equipment Package (navigation system, paddle shifters, radar cruise, heated wheel, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and a few others niceties.)

Looking to spend less? The six-speed manual Sport sedan starts at $18,095; the wagon, with a stick, starts at $19,345.

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z31maniac MegaDork
8/21/18 12:30 p.m.

I dig the appearance package. It makes me desire to see it hammered to the ground on huge touring car wheels.

_ New Reader
8/21/18 3:01 p.m.

Kinda wish you could take the cx3 awd and graft it. Then You’d have a subie competitor. 

poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
8/21/18 3:09 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

“The wagon?” I’m confused.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/22/18 8:29 a.m.
poopshovel again said:

In reply to David S. Wallens :

“The wagon?” I’m confused.

The five-door version.

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