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2006 Mazda MAZDA3

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 23/Hwy 31/Comb 26 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 1225 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Having the 2006 makes me crave the 2016

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "price mpg comfort reliability & cup holders."

Cons: "Dash design limits personal options"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I could spend days looking for bad things to say about this car, and still have nothing more than some minor personal preferences. The entertainment system is not easy to replace with with alternate brands. (But it is not too shabby to begin with.) I've gone through 22 tires in 8 years, but the North East US is not known for the smoothness of its roads and I choose the 17" lower profiles. That was probably poor planning on my part. On the upside, I have driven this car in thick traffic, open highway, and country roads. 100F Summer days, -35F winter nights, and snow that kept SUV owners home. The car has handled each case with relative ease. The engine has solid compression and acceleration is great. Passing power even at highway speed+ (70-75) is very respectable. Handling is one of the best I've experienced, especially on those country roads, reminding me of a Fiat x1/9 for curve hugging and road stickiness. It has needed no major repair other than front strut replacement, again roads are not made of marshmallow, and still can get between 27-29 mpg on the highway depending on speed and outside temperature. I've traveled as much as 45 hours over 5 days in it and the front comfort was great. Back seats are more than 2+2 style, but at 6'0" I would consider them form someone a bit more proportional to the leg room on trips more than 90 minutes. Overall, I have no reason to consider trading it out other than I adore the styling of the new models and hope the other attributes are similar. I would buy a 2015 or 2016 in a heartbeat."

Love love love

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is so cute & fun. I love it! Not a lot of leg room in back seat, but I don't often have passengers back there. My friends who are moms & drive vans or suburbans all love to ride in my car. The compact size is perfect for squeezing into parking spaces. Before this I've always owned GM. But this is my favorite car I've owned! ZOOM ZOOM"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Drives very well & is in great condition

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great price, interiors pretty, roomy"

Cons: "No aux"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Drives very smooth. I've never had it break down on me or have any problems with it. Fast little cute car. Its very roomy and alot of trunk space. Leather seats. FM/AM radio works well. Automatic. A lot of cup holder space. Sun roof. So far my best car"

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

I'll missit- best car I've ever had!

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: worried about age of car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, tons of storage, reliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I unwillingly traded in my dream car (which was unreliable) for this in high school and did not want to like the Mazda3, but I fell in love with it! I drove this car for ten years and only traded it in because the sun here was too hard on it and there were some dry rot issues, plus it was starting to act its age. It was a hard decision, but since this car did right by me for so long, I traded it in for a 2015 Mazda3. The new one is even more of a dream to drive, but I'm still going to miss my cute little '05. I always thought the front looked a bit cat-like and adorable."

6 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Mazdaspeed3 Grand Touring

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been a wonderful car. Sharp styling, beautiful interior styling in the Grand Touring with red accents in the leather/suede interior. Sporty, very sharp handling. There is nothing negative I can say about this car. A little rough riding, but what do you expect in a car this speed oriented? Good gas mileage for a turbocharged car."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

good transportation, reliable but basic

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good, basic car"

Cons: "noisy and body is cheap"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Good, basic, dependable transportation. Nothing fancy but gets you there and back. No major repairs necessary to engine or drivetrain. Body is lots of fiberglass and it is noisy. Never had an accident but brakes were there when I needed them and has enough pickup to get out of the way."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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