Starting Price: $18,970 | Price yours

Above Average: Driving dynamics, styling

Below Average: Overall roominess

Consensus: The fun, fashionable option in a crowded segment


Gorgeous Inside, Outside and Everywhere Else

Exceptionally stylish and fun from day one, the Mazda Mazda3 boasts arguably the richest, most attractive interior in the class. Highway ride might be a bit stiff for some -- the typical compromise for more responsive handling -- but if good looks and big fun are at the top of your compact car wish list, the well-rounded Mazda3 will blow you away with everything else it offers.

Driving It

"Thanks to Mazda’s innovative Skyactiv powertrain and chassis design, the 2018 Mazda3 is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient. You’ll have to rev the engine high to get the most from its limited power, but the Mazda3’s precise steering, finely honed suspension and strong brakes assure a good time once up to speed." Find out more in our 2018 Mazda3 full review.


The Mazda3 kept its rightful spot atop our most recent list of 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, a list on which it's appeared every single year since it debuted for the 2004 model year. It is also one of our 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000.

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Comparison Test

The Mazda3 was one of four compact hatchbacks in which we traversed 350 miles of highways, mountain roads and city streets in and around Santa Barbara, California as part of our latest Compact Hatchback Comparison.

Consumer Review visitor and Mazda3 owner Tom T has this to say about Mazda's stylish compact car: "The styling and red color of the exterior is striking and beautiful but what I like most is the interior of this car. The leather is excellent (I keep using that word) the controls are located perfectly and the electronics just boot up and run. It could use a power passenger seat and a different location for the power outlet and a CD player but this is about all I can come up with to complain about." Read more Mazda3 consumer reviews.

Build and Price

2018 Mazda3 sticker prices range from just under $19,000 for the Sport to around $28,000 for the Grand Touring with leather seats, navigation and some impressive features like adaptive cruise control. But those are sticker prices. Build and price your own 2018 Mazda Mazda3 to unlock this week's Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

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Other fun-to-drive favorites in the segment include the Euro-rooted Ford Focus, and the Volkswagen Jetta and Golf. But don't make a move without first visiting our Compact Car Buyer's Guide, where you'll become an instant expert on the category.

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