Mazda MAZDA3

Mazda MAZDA3

About Mazda MAZDA3

The 2017 Mazda3 breaks the mold for compact cars and sets new standards for the segment. Fuel-efficient and a blast to drive, the Mazda3 is a reasonably priced small car filled with high-end features, a handsome interior and offers an advanced set of safety and driver-assist features usually associated with high-end luxury cars. With better handling than a Toyota Corolla and sleeker styling than a VW Golf, the 2017 Mazda3 covers a lot of different bases. On the flip side, the Corolla and Hyundai Elantra have more interior room, the Honda Civic gets better gas mileage while the VW GTI offers more power. Need better traction in winter? The Subaru Impreza comes with standard all-wheel drive (AWD).

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LATEST MODEL
2017 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2017?
2017 Mazda MAZDA3

For 2017, the Mazda3 sees some shuffling of features, trim names and packaging, as well as a modest exterior and interior makeover. G-Vectoring control is made standard, as is an electronic parking brake, while cars equipped with the 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine and automatic transmission receive a Sport Mode function.

  • Expert Rating: 9.0
  • Consumers Rating: 8.9
  • MPG 27|37
2016 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2016?
2016 Mazda MAZDA3

With the i SV exiting stage left, the i Sport is now the base model in the 2016 Mazda3 lineup. It arrives with a $600 price cut, to $18,665, and the addition of a standard rearview camera. Also new are trim-specific equipment packages for Mazda's compact sedan and hatchback.

2015 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2015?
2015 Mazda MAZDA3

The slick Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch screen is now standard on all but the base 2015 Mazda3 sedan. Making way for the new tech, the CD player is dropped as standard equipment in lower models. A manual transmission is now offered with the larger 2.5-liter engine.

2014 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2014?
2014 Mazda MAZDA3

Beyond the 2.0-liter engine in Mazda3 i models, every other meaningful component has been redesigned for 2014. That remake brings better in-car connectivity plus numerous innovative “class-above” touches, highlighted by an available head-up display, Mazda’s econo-enhancing i-Eloop system, adaptive Radar Cruise Control, and low-speed Smart City Brake Support.

2013 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2013?
2013 Mazda MAZDA3

After receiving the new Skyactiv engine and a freshened face the year before, the 2013 Mazda3 carries over mostly unchanged. The i Sport model now comes with the Skyactiv engine, and the Sky Mica blue exterior color has been dropped.

2012 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2012?
2012 Mazda MAZDA3

The 2012 Mazda3 gets a freshened front face and a new instrument panel with a blue background and white lettering. Also new is the fuel-efficient 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine. Cars equipped with the Skyactiv engine are fitted with a choice of two new 6-speed transmissions, either manual or automatic. In addition, there are a number of equipment changes across the numerous trim levels.

2011 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2011?
2011 Mazda MAZDA3

The revamped Technology Package is the only major change for 2011. New to this package are rain-sensing front wipers and a significant overhaul of the headlights.

2010 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2010?
2010 Mazda MAZDA3

The MAZDA3 gets a complete reskin and interior redesign, multiple chassis tweaks and significant upgrades to the engines and transmissions.

2009 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2009?
2009 Mazda MAZDA3

Front side- and side-curtain airbags and ABS are added to the i Sport, while a remote trunk release button is added to the key fob of sedans with remote entry.

2008 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2008?
2008 Mazda MAZDA3

Mazda makes front side-impact and side-curtain airbags standard on s Sport models.

2007 Mazda MAZDA3
What's new for 2007?
2007 Mazda MAZDA3

A significant improvement for 2007 is that Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control is now standard on all five-door models and all four-door s models, which is to say, all with the 2.3-liter engine. In addition, there has been a major front-end freshening across the line. New features include a rear-seat center armrest with built-in cup holders, an audio auxiliary input jack and an additional 12-volt power outlet.

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Consumer Reviews

Excellent value for the money

By on Friday, January 13, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great value, fun to drive, practical, good looking"

Cons: "the 2.0 engine doesnt have much power."

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

"2016 3i 2.0 Sport Automatic. I've only owned the car for a couple of months but I am very impressed with the vehicle overall. Beautiful design in and out. I love the exterior lines and the interior is stylish, simple and uncluttered. The infotainment system is easy to use and program, the base stereo is great, seating very comfortable and supportive. The car is a pleasure to drive and rewards you with excellent, predictable handling when pushed hard and stays very neutral until the limits when you get mild understeer. Brakes are great and easy to modulate. Mileage is excellent, getting 40mpg. power is sufficient, but the engine has to be revved to extract decent power, there is no grunt below 4k rpms, but i'm commuting not racing it."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Jaime tour rapide zoom

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "tour rapide zoom, can't believe it's in my garage!"

Cons: "I bought the basic sport, next time i'll upgrade"

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

"purchased 8/15 M3 2015 Hatchback Sport 6 manual- Well equipped for price, HD Radio is a bonus, as well as hill assistance for 1st gear. I bought the bare bones Liquid Silver hatchback, but scored a great deal on an awesome car. I have about 7,500 miles with no problems. I just completed a road round trip from Dallas, TX to Ruidoso Ski Apache, ABQ, Santa-Fe, Angel Fire, New Mexico and the M3 performed great. MPG was ok, about 32 into north winds, 39 with tailwind. Very pleased with the manual 6 speed as I was able to pass other vehicles in 6th gear on the lonely 2 lane hwys of New Mexico with no problems. I traded in a 2008 Jeep Patriot, in which I had done the same road trip in prior years, and this time with the M3 was way better, less fuel stops and a nicer comfortable ride ( road noise was not an issue since i had my tunes on the mp3 aux locked and loaded ). Over all the M3 performed well in the ice and snow ( plowed and treated roads ) as well as on the wide open I-25 I-40 and I-35. I'm very happy with my M3. Zoom to all! :)"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

2015 3 Hatchback, s Grand Touring trim, auto trans

By on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,037

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "FUN Factor, engine, handling, ergonomics, quality"

Cons: "Not the quietest re road noise. Not the cheapest."

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

"We bought this car new in early Jan. 2015. Read all the car mag reviews, Test drove the Accord, Civic & others 1st. Our "3-GT" is used daily to & from work, etc. To date: No problems whatsoever! Car still looks & feels like the day we bought it. Getting great mileage in spite of the fact that this car is SO much FUN to drive! Highway cruises at 80 mph easily; Completely at ease & stable w car not feeling pushed/strained. Superior handling, a really, really, spunky engine that loves to go.The car feels faster 0-60 than the specs indicate. Sitting in front, car just fits so well, never feels cramped. Lots of high tech, great ergonomics. Only complaints are the Mrs. insisted on getting auto trans. & car isn't the quietest re road noise. LOVE this car. Hatchback is roomy, very versatile. When my Acura dies, this then current "3" hatchback & the Miata, both (w manual trans) will be on my top 5 list of cars to check out. For this price range, this car is so close to perfect! I've been so impressed w this car & Mazda. (This is our 1st. Mazda) If you can, spend a few bucks more & get the Grand Touring.. it's worth it! Hate sounding like a commercial but I'm rarely this impressed about any new purchase."

15 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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