The Mazda Mazda3 will receive some mild updates for the 2018 model year. Based on recent order guides, our analysis shows the most notable changes will be the addition of Smart City Brake Support and the discontinuation of the 2.0-liter engine in the Mazda3 Touring.
In terms of appearance, the car will continue offering sharp looks as either a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback. For 2018, Touring and Grand Touring styles will feature dark silver alloy wheels. In the case of the Grand Touring, buyers will get Bi-LED headlights with auto-leveling, as well as LED combination taillights and LED daytime running lights. Touring versions of the sedan will get a standard rear lip spoiler. Inside the cabin, the most notable update will be an overhead console with sunglasses holder plus lighted vanity mirrors on Touring trims.
Under the hood, entry-level Sport models will continue to feature a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV engine rated at 155 hp. For 2018, the engine will no longer be offered on the mid-level Touring. Instead, like the Grand Touring, it will only feature the more powerful 2.5-liter 4-cylinder rated at 184 hp.
As before, a 6-speed manual transmission is standard across the board, but a 6-speed automatic can be added for an additional $1,050. Another unusual change worth noting is that the $800 i-ELOOP regenerative braking system option has been discontinued in the Grand Touring.
Safety will see a major change with the addition of Smart City Brake Support, a low-speed automatic emergency braking system that works at speeds of up to 30 km/h, or about 19 mph. The feature will be standard on Sport models, while stepping up to the Touring adds a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. Advanced features like lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, normal-speed automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition will be optional with the $1,600 Premium Equipment Package in the Grand Touring.
Expect a full review closer to launch.