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2017 Mazda Mazda3 remains a benchmark hatchback

Small but targeted updates for the 2017 model year help the Mazda3 fend off fresh hatchback competition.

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For 2017, the Mazda3 hatchback receives small styling revisions including new front and rear fascias.

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Fresh wheel designs also enhance the exterior styling of the 2017 Mazda3 hatchback.

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A quieter cabin arrives for the 2017 model year, thanks to the addition of more sound insulation.

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A heated steering wheel is a newly available interior feature for 2017.

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Other optional new technology features include a traffic sign recognition system and lane-keep assist.

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Other cabin enhancements consists of new center console, steering wheel, seats and upgraded materials.

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The Mazda3 Grand Touring's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque.

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A six-speed automatic transmission is bolted to the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four.

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The drivetrain combination returns 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway according to the EPA.

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As-tested, this Mazda3 Grand Touring hatchback stickers for $29,080.

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