Mazda is focusing on more than drivability for the 2018 Mazda3. It’s adding more standard safety features across the lineup for the coming model year. Plus, the mid-level Touring trim also comes with more power and a lower price for the new year.
The base Sport trim now comes standard with Smart City Brake Support. Mazda says this ups the value, despite a slight price increase for the new year. The 2018 Mazda3 4-door starts just $250 more at $18,970. It continues to come standard with features including the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine with 155-horsepower. Comfort includes the 7-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, remote keyless entry, and push-button start.
If you want to get more safety and design features on the Sport there’s the optional Preferred Equipment Package for $1,000. It adds Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome cabin trimming, and heated side mirrors with turn signals.
The vroom vroom comes from special Mazda G-Vectoring Control technology. It comes standard on all Mazda3’s and limits the amount of weight put on the front tires to make steering more responsive and stable.
It cost $1,050 to opt for six-speed automatic transmission instead of the standard six-speed manual across all trims. As well as an additional $1,250 to get the extra door for the hatchback.
The good news for you power lovers out there – which is everyone – is the mid-level Touring now comes with the 2.5-liter engine with 184-horsepower that only came on the Grand Touring for 2017. The kicker is it’s actually less money than last year. It starts a full $355 less with a starting price of $20,965. It comes standard with new dark silver alloy wheels. You can also add on a $1,500 package for a Bose audio system, satellite radio, and moonroof.
The top Grand Touring trim continues to carry the 2.5-liter engine. It comes standard with leather and Active Driving heads-up display in full-color. LED fog lights, self-leveling bi-headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights also come standard. Toss on an extra $1,600 for a full safety suite including auto-dimming rearview mirror, High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
If this sounds good to you, hold out to the end of this month when the 2018 Mazda3’s arrive in dealerships.