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Base MSRP price range:
$16,945 - $26,495
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Car Type: Compact cars
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Mazda3 Overview

Whether as a sedan or hatchback, the Mazda3 is really fun to drive and gets great fuel economy. That combination makes it one of our top compact cars. It also offers a host of luxury features perhaps unmatched by any other small car. At 33 mpg, the Mazda3 is the most fuel efficient compact that isn't a hybrid or a diesel. High-tech features include a multimedia system with a large touch screen, as well as active safety features such as blind spot monitoring system. On the downside, it's loud on the highway, ride comfort is just OK, the multimedia controls can be cumbersome, and it doesn't have as much rear-seat room as many other small cars. We expect reliability to be above average.

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