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The Mazda3 is offered in sedan and hatchback forms. The sole engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
All-wheel drive is now available. The interior is nicely furnished and features a new infotainment system that drivers interact with exclusively through a rotary knob. However, we found the system to be fussy and distracting to use. Handling is still nimble but less sporty than in past generations. Mazda has improved the ride; it's firm but absorbs impacts well. The cabin is relatively quiet and nicely finished, but the rear seat is snug. For 2020, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard. An available monitoring system can determine the driver's level of attentiveness.
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2019
2019 Redesign Year
The redesigned Mazda3 is offered in sedan or hatchback forms. The sole engine is a carryover 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
All-wheel drive is now available. The interior is nicely furnished and features a new infotainment system that drivers interact with by using a screen exclusively through a rotary knob. Handling is still nimble but less sporty than in the previous 3. Mazda has improved the ride; it’s firm, but absorbs impacts well. The cabin is relatively quiet and nicely finished. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard on all versions except the base trim sedan. There is an available Driver Monitoring System that watches the driver's face and sounds an alert to warn of fatigue.
$17,650 - $24,000
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2014-2018
2014 Redesign Year
Available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, the Mazda3 is a joy to drive, thanks to super-sharp handling, sprightly yet efficient engines, and smooth transmissions. Mazda's entry-level car also offers a number of features normally found on luxury cars, including a modern infotainment system; it is controlled by a console-mounted knob and can be somewhat frustrating.
Optional active safety features include forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert are standard on Touring and Grand Touring trims, a nice touch. Ride comfort takes a back seat to sporty handling and interior noise levels are a bit high. A 2017 update brought some improvement, as well as more features. The four-door hatchback has a good sized trunk, while the hatchback offers more flexibility; both have a somewhat cramped rear seat for the class. 
$14,300 - $20,025
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$14,425 - $17,900
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$12,575 - $16,075
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$9,900 - $14,200
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$8,850 - $13,250
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2010-2013
2010 Redesign Year
With its 2010 reboot, Mazda3 remained one of our top-scoring small cars. Just as with its predecessors, this version of the Mazda3 is gifted with agile handling and a well laid out passenger compartment hosting quality materials.
Still, while the interior is upgraded, the rear seating area remains a bit tight and road noise is somewhat pronounced. Stability control became standard for all trim lines beginning with the 2011 model year. For 2012, Mazda added a new 2.0-liter SKYACTIV engine and that boosted fuel economy to an impressive 32 mpg with the six-speed automatic transmission. A blind-spot detection system was made available for 2012.
$7,425 - $11,975
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$6,575 - $10,150
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$5,575 - $9,275
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$5,400 - $8,250
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2004-2009
2004 Redesign Year
Available in sedan and hatchback body styles, the Mazda3 holds the distinction of being one of the better small car choices. Introduced for 2004 to replace the Protege, it features strong and refined four-cylinder engines, along with precise, responsive handling and a firm, but comfortable ride.
Interior quality is very good, though the cabin is noisy and the rear seat somewhat tight. If you're shopping in this model year range look for one with the available curtain airbags, as the Mazda3 received a Poor rating in the IIHS side-crash test without them. These were added as a standard feature for the 2009 model year, along with side airbags. Uplevel Touring and Grand Touring models have standard stability control, starting in 2007; these are the versions to get.
$5,200 - $7,075
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$4,775 - $6,525
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$4,475 - $5,650
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$4,225 - $4,950
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$3,100 - $4,225
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$2,850 - $3,775
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