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New for 2018: Mazda

New for 2018: Mazda

By Christian Wardlaw, January 30, 2018
Mazda makes subtle yet significant improvements to every single model in its lineup. The biggest update is a re-engineered Mazda 6 sedan, which is improved in nearly every way. Each of the SUVs gains added standard equipment, with the CX-3 receiving a freshening to make it more refined and enjoyable to drive. Even the MX-5 Miata gets a handful of changes intended to make it even more desirable than before.

Detailed changes for each 2018 Mazda car and SUV model are shown on the pages that follow, the vehicles listed in alphabetical order.

2018 Mazda 3
  • Standard low-speed automatic emergency braking system
  • Touring trim adds more powerful 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine as standard equipment, along with dark silver aluminum wheels, rear lip spoiler (sedan), illuminated visor vanity mirrors, sunglasses holder
  • Grand Touring trim adds standard bi-LED headlights, LED fog lights, LED taillights
  • Grand Touring Premium Equipment Package includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, full-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and traffic sign recognition technology


2018 Mazda 6

  • Significant re-engineering of existing Mazda 6 moves the midsize sedan into premium territory
  • Exterior styling is updated, along with new LED lighting and wheel designs
  • New interior with redesigned seats, dashboard, door panels; ventilated front seats offered for the first time
  • New Signature trim level with brown premium Nappa leather, Ultrasuede trim, real Sen wood accents
  • Reduced noise, vibration, and harshness levels through reinforced body structure and chassis
  • Improved ride and handling characteristics thanks to re-tuned suspension and steering
  • Refined version of 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard, and now includes cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy
  • Available turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine from CX-9 SUV makes 250 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque (on premium gas)
  • New technologies include a new version of Mazda Connect, a reconfigurable 7-inch driver information display, a 360-degree surround view camera system, an Active Driving Display head-up system that projects information onto the windshield, full-speed-range adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability
  • New paint color: Soul Red Crystal
  • On sale in spring of 2018


2018 Mazda CX-3

  • Mazda re-tunes the CX-3’s steering, suspension, and transmission for more enjoyable driving dynamics
  • Interior changes include a new steering wheel and measures taken to quiet the interior for improved refinement levels
  • Standard equipment now includes Mazda G-Vectoring Control and low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Touring trim adds standard automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic climate control
  • Grand Touring trim adds improved, full-color Active Driving Display head-up information system
  • Grand Touring Premium Package now installs 6-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and 2-position memory function, heated steering wheel, and traffic sign recognition technology
  • New paint colors: Eternal Blue, Machine Gray, Snowflake White


2018 Mazda CX-5

  • 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine adds cylinder deactivation technology to improve fuel economy
  • Sport trim standard equipment list adds leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert
  • New i-ActiveSense Package for Sport trim installs adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic headlights with automatic high-beam operation, rain-sensing wipers
  • Touring trim standard equipment list includes 19-inch aluminum wheels and contents of the i-ActiveSense Package listed above
  • Grand Touring trim standard equipment now includes 2-position memory for the driver’s settings and a 6-way power adjustable front passenger’s seat


2018 Mazda CX-9

  • Standard equipment now includes low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, Mazda G-Vectoring Control technology, and improved sound insulation
  • i-ActiveSense Package for Sport trim adds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, full-speed range forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic headlights with automatic high-beam operation, rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, power driver’s seat
  • Touring trim standard equipment includes all i-ActiveSense driver assistance and collision avoidance systems, plus a driver’s seat cushion tilt function and rain-sensing wipers
  • Grand Touring trim adds windshield wiper de-icing system, heated steering wheel, heated outboard rear seating locations, and traffic sign recognition technology for the Active Driving Display
  • New paint color: Soul Crystal Red


2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • All MX-5 Miatas have keyless entry with push-button engine starting for 2018
  • Sport trim adds standard Mazda Connect infotainment system with 7-inch display screen
  • Club trim includes heated front seats wrapped in cloth, while the optional Brembo/BBS Package adds heated black leather seats
  • New Brembo/BBS/Recaro Package for Club trim installs black leather Recaro performance seats in addition to braking and wheel upgrades
  • New interior color: Auburn
  • New exterior colors: Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Eternal Blue, Snowflake White
  • New top color: Dark Cherry

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