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iTouring 2016 vs 2017, my thoughts...

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I have a 2016 iTouring 5-Door.

Recently have been provided a courtesy car from Mazda, a 2017 iTouring 4-door. Let me say that I am grateful to have a 2016 instead.


  • There are things I like about the 2017 model, such as the appearance of the center console is an improvement visually, although I do not like the feel of the armrest compared to the 2016 model.

  • G Vectoring is noticeable, quite a bit less body roll in cornering over my 2016 although it comes at the expense of reduced torque, it does make the car as a whole feel way more compliant.

  • The new screen design looks better and the screen is much more vibrant.

  • Electric parking brake, I love having a manual parking brake.

  • The steering wheel is thinner on 2017, even with leather wrapping on it, the thickness is less and the steering column shroud looks odd as the center airbag/horn is much smaller now. It just looks odd to me. Not only does it feel thinner the wheel is much stiffer when gripped, overall a less premium feel.

  • New facelift looks weak, the CX-5 and CX-9 look so aggressive I love the massive grille on them, but this new face they design looks weak and the front wheel arches appear subdued.

Neutral thoughts: My 2016 has Bose audio and I have to say the non-Bose 6 speaker of 2017 is almost comparable to 2016 Bose audio. I did notice the 2017 stock 6-speaker lacks the bottom end the Bose is able to reproduce but the two are very rather similar.
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Well, the 2017 iTouring is overall better equipped from what I remember (e.g., auto dual-zone AC, heated seats, 18" rims) but... I opted instead for one of the last new 2016 iTourings that my dealer still had in stock. My main reason was a lack of the sunroof option on the 2017 iTouring -- you need to go for the 2.5L engine to get one, no way around it. 2016 may not have heated seats but I find that with its cloth seats that's not necessary anyway, and I actually prefer cloth seats (they don't get as hot in the sun). So while I understand that many may prefer the 2017 model, I was happier with the 2016 one.
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