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2017 Mazda3 adds creature comforts without losing its sporty sensibilities

Featuring a wealth of updates inside and out, this isn't your average year-over-year upgrade.

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The 2017 Mazda3 is loaded with fancy new doodads.

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Outside, there's a new grille and a new rear bumper for hatchback models.

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LED headlights are also available on certain models.

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Inside, there's a new steering wheel, larger door cubbies and a sliding cover for the cup holders.

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An electronic parking brake is now standard, and the HUD now features a full color display.

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Mazda's also upgraded the 3 with G-Vectoring Control, which adjusts torque output at the front axle to provide better handling for most drivers.

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The car is a bit softer than before, and more in tune with the needs of drivers that aren't exactly chasing sporty characteristics.

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A new front camera extends the operating speed for its autonomous emergency braking, and Mazda's traffic-sign recognition system will read traffic signs and display them on the HUD.

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We'll see whether or not the new chassis upgrades hurt its position as an unabashedly sporty sedan.

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The 2017 Mazda3 goes on sale in September, and pricing will be announced closer to its release date.

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