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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: 9.0
  • 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

Simply excellent. The build quality is top-notch.

By on Sunday, May 14, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,250

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
9/10

Pros: "Handling,Build Quality,Shifter,Int & Ext Styling"

Cons: "No CD player"

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

"Traded in a 2015 auto GT hatch for a 2017 manual GT hatch. Before I bought the Mazda 3 I drove the GTi, a 2013 BMW 228i and a Focus ST. This is a nicer car than all of them (The BMW is very pretty though). Why did I trade in the 15? I wanted a manual transmission and a quieter car and I got both. I had gotten to the point where long drives were a little unpleasant in the 2015. The noise problem is cured and I have what I think is the best car Ive ever owned. Its slower than the automatic but I dont care, the manual transmission is wonderful. Its extremely easy to parallel park, wonderful on the highway, and the rear cross traffic alert is a life saver. 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. Oh and this is not a car for um...horizontally challenged folks. I dont care about fuel mileage but if you do Im averaging 30.5 with at least 80% in-city driving. So, before you buy a Honda or a Golf, drive a 2.5 version of the Mazda 3. It will convince you just like it did me. It aint cheap but its worth every penny."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Very nice driving experience

By on Friday, May 26, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "road noise and interior space."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have own this car since 2014, I love how this car handles it drives like a more expensive car, the power is just enough for highway passing, the gas mileage is awesome, I am getting 34.4 mpg overall. I spend 20 in gas and it would last me a whole week. The driving dynamic of this vehicle is great, the only complaint I have is the road noise, it is pretty loud compare to other compact I have own. But since Im a car guy, I dont really care about the road noise, just turn your radio up and you will be fine. The interior layout feels like BMW. overall a great car to own."

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! :)"

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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