With Thrills and Style, the 2018 Mazda3 Sets Out to Redefine the Compact Car in Lansing

While compact cars excel in some areas, like affordability and fuel economy, other facets, like good looks and performance, have fallen by the wayside, but that's all changed with the 2018 Mazda3, which manages to combine all these qualities with a starting price of just $18,095. Available as either a sedan or a hatchback, the Mazda3 comes with a lot of options, so there's sure to be one that's just what you're looking for.

What will East Lansing car shoppers find in the 2018 Mazda3?


As mentioned above, the Mazda3 comes in both sedan and hatchback styles, but there isn't much of a difference between the two, so it mainly comes down to preference. Passengers will have the same amount of room in both, but the hatchback has a greater cargo carrying capability, with over 47 cubic feet of max space.

Additionally, both styles have available features that are meant to increase the comfort of Dewitt passengers. These include heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control that are meant to deal with the weather even if different passengers have different preferences.

Exterior Features

Again, while the hatchback and sedan look different, they have similar features on the exterior that help with everything you do before, during, and after driving. There's the Advanced Keyless Entry system that lets you open the doors and trunk without taking the key fob out of your pocket, a power moonroof that lets in light and fresh air, Bi-LED headlights with auto leveling, heated exterior mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers, so you're ready for whatever the journey has to surprise you.


One major focus of the 2018 Mazda3 was making sure drivers felt safe every time they were behind the wheel, and seeing as both the sedan and hatchback earned 2018 Top Safety Pick honors from the IIHS, we think the engineers did a great job.

Both styles earned impressive crash test ratings from the NHTSA, but they also both offer some of the most ground-breaking features that may prevent accidents from happening. These features include:

  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • High Beam Control
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure  Warning System
  • Traffic Sign Recognition


Mazda models throughout the lineup are famous for being incredibly fun to drive, and the Mazda3 is certainly no different as it has the raw power and design and engineering features that make it a joy to operate around Okemos.

Both the sedan and hatchback have two engine options, a 2.0- or 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G 4-cylinder engine, that have the horsepower and torque necessary to get the sub-3,000-pound bodies going, and both a manual and automatic transmission are available. Plus, SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control lets you hug tight corners without impacting passenger comfort.


Impressive technology isn't only found in the engine and safety features, as the cabin has some of the newest tech that helps passengers stay entertained on any drive. It starts with the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment system, which you control through a 7-inch full-color touchscreen in the center dash. This system includes everything from HD Radio™ to voice command, and it makes it easy to connect mobile devices, so you can enjoy your favorite saved music or music streaming apps through the available 9-speaker Bose® surround sound system.

We hope that this run-through was able to highlight a few of the different reasons that the 2018 Mazda3 is a leader among the compact car category, and if you're interested, visit our dealership in Lansing to see these qualities in person today!