Does the 2017 Mazda3 Come With a Manual Transmission?
Driving enthusiasts know that when it comes to getting the very most enjoyment out of your vehicle, there’s no replacement for a true manual transmission. Although it seems that many auto manufacturers around the world have allowed the manual transmission to be forgotten, replaced by the more convenient automatic transmission, Mazda has remained a key supplier of vehicles equipped with a manual gearbox.
So what about when it comes to Mazda’s popular compact sedan, the Mazda3? Does the 2017 Mazda3 come with a manual transmission. Yes, the Mazda3 does come with a manual transmission. The difference between the 2017 model year and other years, however, is how you can get such a manual transmission in your brand new Mazda.
What 2017 Mazda3 Trim Levels Have a Manual Transmission?
Driving enthusiasts drive Mazda cars, and they drive them with manual transmissions. It was clear that drivers wanted more availability of the manual option in the sporty Mazda3.
So, Mazda listened. The top-level trim, Grand Touring, is now available with a stick-shift. This means you can have your manual transmission car and still get all the modern amenities you love.
“Mazda3 has a nearly 15-percent take rate for its manual transmission, with most of those buyers opting for higher trim levels. Where so many competitors have retreated in the segment, we see an opening to engage those who enjoy the driving experience without compromise.” – Robert Davis, senior VP, U.S. Operations, MNAO
Trim levels have been adjusted a bit for the 2017 model year. The Mazda3 is now available as Sport, Touring, Touring 2.5 (equipped with the 2.5-liter engine) and Grand Touring models. MSRP pricing for the stick-shift variation of the Sport model is $17,845. The stick shift Touring starts at $20,445 and the Grand Touring with a manual starts at $23,145. Pricing info has not been made available for the Mazda3 Touring 2.5 4-door sedan.
So yes, the 2017 Mazda3 does come with a manual transmission, and it is now easier than ever to get the car with all the feature you love without sacrificing your driving enjoyment.