2018 Mazda 3 2.5L Automatic Sedan Tested: Still a Contender


What It Is: Mazda’s aging, yet still excellent, compact 3 sedan. Also available as a hatchback, the attractive, fun-to-drive 3 earned a spot on our 10Best Cars list for several years after its most recent redesign. Although the 3 eventually ceded its position to newer models, Mazda’s incremental updates have helped the car defy its age. The 3 underwent a mild freshening for 2017. This year, Mazda expanded availability of the 184-hp 2.5-liter inline-four engine from the Grand Touring trim (tested here) to the mid-level Touring, and the automaker also more intelligently allocated equipment and options on every model. The entry-level Sport model keeps its 155-hp 2.0-liter four and is still well equipped. READ MORE ››

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