Mazda3 Expands Standard Features for 2018
2018 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback courtesy of Mazda.
The 2018 model-year Mazda3 has added additional standard features for all trim levels, including an automatic braking feature for the base Sport trim, and an engine upgrade for the midrange Touring trim.
Mazda has added Smart City Brake Support to the entry-level Mazda3 Sport, which helps the driver avoid frontal collisions while driving at the slow speeds. The trim is priced at $18,095, and is equipped with a 2.0-liter, 155-horsepower Skyactiv-G engine; a 7-inch MazdaConnect screen; Bluetooth phone and audio pairing; one-touch driver’s power window; and more. The Mazda3 Sport sedan models also come equipped with advanced blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Mazda3 five-door hatchback is also available, with a starting price of $19,345.
Meanwhile, the mid-level 2018 Mazda3 Touring, which has a starting price of $20,090, comes standard with a Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter engine with 184 horsepower. The Mazda3 Touring also comes with the additional safety features available on the Mazda3 Sport.
The Mazda3 Grand Touring comes standard with full-color Active Driving Display head-up unit, and LED fog lights. Previously optional equipment such as self-leveling bi-LED headlights, LED combination tail lights, and LED daytime running lights are also available. Pricing for the 2018 Grand Touring starts at $23,145, while the starting price for the five-door hatchback has a starting price of $23,895.
Mazda3 Grand Touring’s Premium Equipment Package adds pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System, High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Additionally, all Mazda3 models include G-Vectoring Control, which uses the engine to put a minute amount of weight on the front tires, with the goal of improving stability.
The Mazda3 is available with a choice of a Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual or Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission; sedan or five-door hatchback body style; and in three trim levels.