Some changes were good, some not so good. The MPG improved but we know it can get better. Here's the thing though. The 2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring was only around $24,000. Not bad but hybrids are starting to drop in price and get better MPG so get the car if it works for you; yet its a fair deal for the price (not for long).
The changes in design were subtle but not so much enough that someone wouldn't do a double take. The front grille is rounded out with bigger Green Lighting LED headlights and fog lights! We'd think this would help the MPG (LED lighting) yet don't totally get your hopes up!
The internals remain the same. As Automotive Magazine reported one should expect the 2017 Mazda3 with the same engines as the current pre-facelift model in North America. A 155-hp 2.0-liter I-4 should be standard while a 184-hp 2.5-liter I-4 is optional. Expect a six-speed manual and automatic transmission to be offered across the entire lineup.
However, for this car to only get a Miles Per Gallon (MPG) of 29.6 city is not a great thing for a compact car. Today, it must do and can do better. Technology supporting an SUV getting 30 miles per gallon should certainly give the Mazda 3 more MPG. That’s fake green MPG. Now on the highway it's reported at 37 MPG (which we were able to get 43 MPG). That's ok but hybrids are now getting cheaper and with around 50-60 MPG.
The Mazda 3 is safe. It was rated in 2017 as the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus when equipped with available Smart City Brake Support and Adaptive Front-lighting System.” — Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
However, according to US News and World Report, it earns a Solid B for reliability! Yet it's not quite as good as the Kia Soul's or Honda Civic's. Likewise, you get high-grade materials in the Mazda3's attractive cabin, though the Volkswagen Golf has an even more upscale interior (which I've seen too. It does..)
As Car and Driver reported, this Mazda 3 starts around $23,000 for the touring to start that they think it's almost a steal. Yet MPG could had been better. As they add you get power driver’s seat, low-speed automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. That’s more stuff than Mazda gave Touring buyers last year—and for essentially the same price.