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2017 mazda3 grand touring 5-door

2017 Mazda 3

Last time I tested a Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door was when I took a Thelma and Louise-like road trip with my friend, Helene.

Because it got us safely through a couple of very harrowing moments, when it was time for me to drive to Mesa, Arizona — an area I was visiting for the first time — my choice of cars was black and white: the Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door, of course.

The car’s exterior was white — Snowflake (appropriately, ha ha!) White Pearl, to be exact — and the interior had sleek Black leather-trimmed sport seats.

2017 Mazda 3

I fit my oversized suitcase easily in the cargo hold, leaving lots of room for possible purchases. I loved the security cover that comes down when you close the trunk so no one can see what goodies you have stored back there.

I also loved all the safety features that are standard in the 2017 Mazda3, including the blind spot detectors, the rear cross traffic alert and the great rearview camera. Some cameras are just confusing but this one makes it easy to match the lines so backing up into a parking spot is a snap.

2017 Mazda 3 rear camera

Features that came in surprisingly handy were the rain-sensing windshield wipers that whisked away the few unexpected sprinkles before I even had to look for the actual wipers, and the moonroof with one-touch open which is super-convenient when you’re driving.

Although, for the most part, the navigation system got me where I needed to go, it did have trouble guiding me to Queen Creek Olive Mill. It wouldn’t let me put in the whole address, which was unsettling and for which I still haven’t figured out the reason, so I had to use Google Maps on my phone.

2017 Mazda 3 navigation

Having reviewed another Mazda recently, I was used to the multi-function commander control, which I like more and more with each drive. It literally puts all the control at your fingertips. This is the view from above — which is where your hands are when you’re driving, so when muscle memory kicks in, you don’t even have to turn your head to change the music or make a call.

2017 Mazda 3 controls

The Mazda3 handled as beautifully along some of the more rural stops along Mesa’s amazing Fresh Foodie Trail as it did on the freeway.

I had a couple of great days with in Mesa, then I headed into the beautiful sunset and on to Phoenix.

Mesa sunset

Best of all, when I returned the car, I was given a Mazda Drive For Good giving card, allowing me to make a donation on Mazda to the charity of my choice. Since Mazda Drive For Good was launched in 2013, the program has donated more than $15.5 million and pledged more than 262,000 charitable service hours.

Mazda Drive For Good

This made me so happy. Not only did I have a good drive in the Mazda3 but I also drove for good.


  1. Catherine Sargent says:

    That looks like a really nice vehicle. I will keep Mazda in mind the next time we go car shopping.

  2. This car looks like a fun one for traveling or any other purpose! That is a roomy trunk too!

  3. One of my girlfriends just bought the 2017 model. She is a devotee of Consumer Reports and watchful of gas consumption. I just rode in it last week and I agree with you Lois, it is great!

  4. That looks like a nice car. We always need something with room for luggage! The windshield wipers would be great, especially when you are unfamiliar with a car

  5. White Pearl is my favorite car color. I’m sure the gas mileage is fabulous on this little Mazda. Good gas mileage is a buying point which attracts us when vehicle shopping!
    I am impressed by the Mazda Drive for Good program, very cool.

  6. I love the 5th door. It makes it easier for people to take their hobbies on the road. Sounds like the drive is great too, making it even easier to get to wherever the road takes you.

  7. A win-win for you (again) Lois! How wonderful. But next time you take a Thelma and Louise drive can I sit in the back seat and go along with you???!!! MWAH! xoxo

  8. Mazda makes a great car! I love that taking a drive equals a donation for good! Perfect promotion!

  9. Mandy Carter says:

    Looks like a win-win trip for sure. And seems like a great compact car. And having the reverse video is an excellent feature to have.

  10. I’ve loved all my Mazdas. This looks like such a great car. I need to show this to my dad who’s looking for a new car.

  11. Stephanie Jeannot says:

    I live your navigation system. How cool. Wow! What a nice sized trunk. Perfect for me.

  12. Rebecca Bryant says:

    Nice ride. I like the built in GPS as I am terrible with directions. I also love the large roomy interior.

  13. What a snazzy looking little car and it sounds like you had a really great adventure! So fun.

  14. That cargo hold looks plenty big for my overpacking. A sweet ride for sure!

  15. Claudia Krusch says:

    The Mazda3 Grand Touring looks like a fantastic car. I am looking to rent a car for a road trip I have coming up. I will have to see if they have one of these available.

  16. This seems like a great car, I love all of the features! We are actually going to be getting a new car later this year so finding reviews is really helpful.

  17. I almost got a mazda SUV a few years ago. I really like how they look.

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