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Enjoy the Mazda3 as a Sedan or Hatchback

The Mazda3 is the one model in the Mazda lineup that is available as either a hatchback or a sedan, offering extra versatility to drivers. The two body styles are very similar with identical passenger room. Of course, the hatchback does have more cargo space, but both offer more than enough features to keep Texas drivers happy, along with a stylish exterior.

Inside, the Mazda3 delivers a high-quality interior with everything carefully placed within reach to allow for intuitive movements so you can focus on driving. The sport seats will mold perfectly to your body, thanks to their contours, so you get a connected and comfortable ride. You can take your driving experience to the next level by upgrading the cloth upholstery to leatherette or dual-stitched leather. With some help from the Active Driving Display, you can spend more time with your eyes on the road in the Mazda3, as you will be able to see all the needed information in a glance.

How the 2017 Mazda3 Stacks Up Against Previous Model Years

The 2017 Mazda3 is a refreshed version of this compact model. There are a few new interior components, along with tweaked exterior styling. The active safety features have also been updated, and the previously mentioned SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G Vectoring is a new feature for 2017: This feature improves the steering response and constantly operates in the background when you are driving with spirit. During cornering, the system seamlessly adjusts the power delivery as well and shifts the vehicle’s weight for a subtle difference you will appreciate, particularly on longer drives.

Those interested in the exterior updates to the 2017 Mazda3 will notice that the headlights and grille have been reshaped, making them slightly more aggressive. There are also newly available LED headlights on the top trims. Even the rear bumper is new, looking crisper and cleaner on both the sedan and hatchback. If you take a closer look, you will see that the 18-inch wheels are also a bit different and are available in two new colors.

Inside, the Mazda3’s new steering wheel is closer to that of the CX-9, and there is now an electric parking brake to give you more storage in the center console. The door pockets have also grown, while the available head-up display now features color. You can also enjoy the newly available heated steering wheel and upgraded upholstery.
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Mazda3 History: How the Current Model Developed

The Mazda3 was unveiled in 2004 as an entry-level sedan or hatchback that gave you a sporty design and more features than the competitors. It ran on a 160-horsepower 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. 2005 just saw the addition of satellite radio and new wheel covers. For 2006, the engine got variable valve timing, and both intermittent windshield wipers and ABS became standard. 2007 saw more changes, including new taillights, a rear center armrest, and an available stability control system.

The 2010 Mazda3 was completely redesigned with more technology and features. The Mazda3 got standard stability control in 2011 and a new base 2-liter engine the following year. It was once again redesigned for 2014, with an improved engine, new trims, and more equipment. Instead of the former grille that was reminiscent of a large smile, the new one was a bit more serious and, overall, the Mazda3 became more modern. Regenerative braking also became an option to help with efficiency.

Start Shopping For Your New Mazda3 in Longview, TX Today

To get a better idea of whether a sedan or hatchback is right for you, take both for a test drive. Gorman McCracken Mazda in Longview, Texas, has many high-quality models for you to consider. Our trained professionals can help you through selecting and configuring your new Mazda3. We are also happy to offer you competitive financing right here at the dealership. Our certified mechanics can help you get started with a maintenance schedule. Contact us to learn more!

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