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The Mazda3 combined real sportiness with the best gas mileage -- 33 mpg overall -- of any conventional compact car of its time. That earned it one of the top spots in our compact-car Ratings. It's a joy to drive, thanks to super-sharp handling, sprightly engines, and smooth transmissions.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2011. Side air bags available from 2000. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2010. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2011. Blind spot monitoring standard on Touring and Grand Touring from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014.
Road Test

The Mazda3 combined real sportiness with the best gas mileage -- 33 mpg overall -- of any conventional compact car of its time. That earned it one of the top spots in our compact-car Ratings.

It's a joy to drive, thanks to super-sharp handling, sprightly engines, and smooth transmissions. Mazda3 also offers a number of features normally found on luxury cars, including a modern infotainment system with a large touchscreen, heated leather seats and active safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert and even collision mitigation. That said, adding all of these features also gets you some frustrating controls.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
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Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (155 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (184 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Mazda 3 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“It failed completely at 7600 miles. Replaced by new one. Still acting up, back up yellow lines are broken segments half the time”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Backup camera intermittently becomes scrambled. No rhyme or reason to when it happens, but can present a safety concern. Dealer has been unable to duplicate and fix”

Andrew L., AL (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“At low temperatures, the camera starts to have a less reliable connection, sometimes does not work at all”

Michael T., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“In bright sunlight, display screen difficult to see, sometimes can't at all”

Martha B., FL (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Display screen for GPS and back-up camera doesn't automatically change from day to night. Have to adjust it by hand”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Mazda 3 Touring Unsure)

“The system automatically dims when it senses it is night time. Unfortunately this often happens when I drive in a shadow of a building or an underpass. Then it takes forever for the display to brighten again”

Paul R., ON (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the switch to day/night was random, they said there was a service advisory. They replaced the unit. I still had problems, they looked at the new one and said my settings were the problem”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Mazda 3 Sport Unsure)

“For no reason system crashes and screen freezes. I had to look up online for the reset buttons to press”

Paul F., NC (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I can unfreeze it by turning the car motor off and back on, which seems to cause the display screen to reset itself and unfreeze”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“mAZADA CONNECT GOES BLANK DOESN'T COME ONE WON'T SYN WITH MY IPHONE SCREEN TURNS BLUE AND STAYS LIKE THAT FOR A LONG TIME”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Mazda 3 Touring Unsure)

“At least once per drive, the screen freezes and all functionality is lost until I shut the car off and the system reinitializes”

A C., WA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Display & functions not responding to controls”

Anonymous, BC (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Freezes just before it goes blank. Associated always with other problem described above”

Peter F., PA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Gps and traffic app would start to download on display screen. It would freeze up after partially loading screen and crash system. System would have to restart”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“after starting, the display screen sometimes freezes on the permission screen. requires restart to resolve. dealer installed update to the system to resolve problems have not occurred since”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rarely happens, but sometimes the display becomes unresponsive, sometimes it continues to work after a pause, sometimes it blacks out and resets”

Michael T., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the display freezes up while playing music in random mode for no reason”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It is linked to the previous problem”

Paul F., NC (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“About once a month, the system gives a plain bluescreen or forgets it has a navigation system (it has one). I restart the car, and it is OK. Initially, the Mazda dealer said they new about the issue and a software fix was coming. Now, they shrug”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Info system went dark on three occasions since purchase in December 2014. Problem was fixed by dealer each time, but it continued to happen. Each fix wiped out all personals settings which had to be reset after each repair”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen went blank. Reset and worked fine. notified Mazda and they recommended a software update. had that done and haven't had any more problems”

Thomas O., NM (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When the system is not freezing, the screen goes blank and it reboots. When that happens, I lose all of my previous settings”

A C., WA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The display screen goes blank seemingly randomly when driving. Can go weeks without blanking or twice in one trip. Sometimes it forgets the favorites and nav destination, sometimes not”

Peter F., PA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“screen went blank, it was replaced by the dealer. Had to be fixed once more after the replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Infotainment system ceased three times in ten months. Each time all features (backup camera, audio, & bluetooth) attached to the screen ceased. Dealer had to run updates each time”

Amanda R., MD (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“glitchy”

Ashley C., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Unsure)

“Dash unit went dead. Had to take it in to Mazda to be serviced”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittent blank screen during cold weather. Sometimes also includes loss of rear camera display when backing up”

Anonymous, AL (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“It doesn't recognize my brand-new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPod interface is just downright terrible. When plugging your iPod in it freezes up and starts playing, alphabetically, all your songs. You have no control on the progress screen becau”

David S., NY (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficulty in getting a WI FI signal. Users manual no help and dealer unfamiliar with Wi Fi feature”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth and auxiliary connections to iPhone are unreliable and don't always play songs correctly”

Andrew L., AL (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The songs on my iphone replay no matter what I do. The only way around it is to not choose a song by an artist, but instead the song itself”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“System fails to properly play albums from a USB stick. It plays one song and then stops instead of continuing the album. I have tried multiple USB drives and the problem continues. This started happening recently for no apparent reason, with no system updates or any other culprit”

David R., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the playlist and the songs being played back is different”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“it had to be reprogramed several times”

Daniel G., NJ (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“system stopped loading. Old program had to be updated. Afterwards it works fine. By the way I live in Thailand not US”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Although better than the GPS on the Mazda 6, The indash GPS on the Mazda 3 s more difficult to use than add-on units, such as TomTom and Garmin. It also has a dangerour "feature" that requires the car to stop on a freeway in order to find the neares”

J C., WA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Can't get to navigation system - turn dial and press enter but doesn't go to nav system. Sometimes turning the car off and on does it. Sometimes after you've drive a bit it unfreezes”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fails when the whole system freezes. Difficult to input navigation across a state line”

Anonymous, IN (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“UnUSble while driving - even for the passenger. Mazda US locked all functionality while the vehicle is in motion. I have to bring a dash mounted Garmin on trips”

Erika P., GA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“would not work!!! Dealer had to remove and reboot the GPS”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“1. The original GPS map is accurate and is drawn correctly. However, the annual map updates introduce errors with the GPS map visuals and colors in some cities. 2. The clock does not keep time accurately when it is set to sync the time via GPS. Thi”

Dennis C., WA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“About 5% of the time, GPS does not start upo Message "GPS not installed". Need to restart car and then GPS loads. Also, poor guidance, off then immediately back on freeway in middle of trip”

Dan S., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to be up dated & reprogramed 3 times”

Bruce B., ON (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire system is flaky. It can be very slow to boot up.The GPS sometimes drops out entirely in mid-trip, replaced by a compass and a note telling me I don't have a GPS system installed and that I see should see my dealer about buying one”

Paul R., ON (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Most of the Navigation issues I have experieneced in the past year were remedied by a software update, but it has still failed to load once in the last 6 months (since the update was applied) - Overall, the navigation issues appear to be mostly resol”

Lauren C., MD (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“in 1 case, display screen told me I did not have a navigation system. restart resolved problem”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It sometimes goes nuts”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Unsure)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“SOMETIMES THE PHONE CONNECTS SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T”

Daniel G., NJ (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Constantly dropped the Bluetooth connection!”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“My DORO cell phone wouldn't pair. Not tested by Mazda for compatibility”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The system has stopped working several times and required reset/upgrade done by the dealer”

Anonymous, IN (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to be up dated & reprogramed 3 times”

Bruce B., ON (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The phone (Apple) does not pair properly so that I can use the bluetooth capability. Apparently Mazda is aware of this but there is not much that they can do”

Doug L., SK (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone does not always connect automatically and no indication until you realize yourself. Pairing requires repairing which is unsafe and inconvenient. Sometimes pairing freezes in connect mode disabling access to all features. Does not reset when”

Anonymous, VT (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Unpredictable loss of contact. Seems to have been remedied in later upgrades”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Does not get good reception. Stations "disappear" or are very staticky. Never had a problem with my old car”

Martha B., FL (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio set to mute & intermittently will unmute on it's own”

Anonymous, BC (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“fm radio signal has been a problem dealer 1st claim was there is no such thing but after I checked on line as this is a common problem with mazda 3 model according to many online reports this is a firmwire update issue.dealer has been advised waiti”

James D., QC (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It was eventually determined the entire radio needed replacing . The original was defective. The stations saved or on favorites would not be available”

Pamela D., AZ (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Every so often, audio would cut out from the left side speakers for a few seconds. Dealer replaced the tuner module under warranty and updated the Mazda Connect firmware. Haven't had it back long enough to know for sure if that fixed the issue or not”

Kevin F., OH (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“Right front speaker blown”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittent failing of rear speakers”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“One speaker produced hissing noises. Fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the Bose speakers blew out at lower to medium volume use”

Anonymous, IA (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“1 speaker stopped working. Replaced under warranty”

John M., PA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After starting the car, it takes over 30 seconds to get a response from the steering wheel controls”

Oren S., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“When driving you can only use voice to input an address for the GPS. It constantly picked a city with the same name in another county on the other side of the state even though it knows full well that I'm in Rochester in Monroe County. For the life”

David S., NY (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice command response is very poor. Usually it does respond to the command correctly”

Dan S., VA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering wheel button to activate voice control intermittently does not respond”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Only finds right phone contact 50% of time. Have given up and don't use anymore”

Dan S., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When I push the voice command button to make a call on the bluetooth it does not always work. This is supposedly tied to the type of phone that I have (Apple)”

Doug L., SK (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice control is overly complex compared with other systems I've seen, especially for navigation”

Jerry N., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Inconsistent; often inaccurate, producing results not close to the spoken request's content”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Multiple dash area buzzes, crackling”

David G., NC (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“BRAKE PEDAL SQUEAKS ON RELEASE”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Strange, unidentifiable suspension "clunk". Has been taken to dealer service many times -- still occurring”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle in engine compartment - fixed via TSB under warranty”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CONSTANT RATTLE IN FRONT OF CAR SERVICE PEOPLE CANT FIND IT VERY ANNOYING STARTED WITHIN MONTHS OF LEASE”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Mazda 3 Touring Unsure)

“Significant metal rattle in driver side middle post where seat belt attaches”

Curtis H., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a rattle in the dash or hood section. Dealer fixed is with multiple Mazda TSBs but the problem still persists”

Dennis C., WA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Known problem without recall, a hose under the hood on the passenger side required repair by the dealer”

Amanda R., MD (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dashboard makes ticking clicks when warming up or cooling off. Front strut mount bumper makes thumping noise during certain road conditions (speed bumps, sharp turns), despite being replaced by dealer. Isolation mount bumper is cracked again”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Significant creaks in the cabin around the windshield area”

Scott C., DC (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The auto locking mechanism that engages when you get to a certain speed. They replaced 3 of the 4 Mazda has issued a service advisory about this problem”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Mazda 3 Sport Unsure)

“Intermittent chatter in driver side front window. Stops when window rolled down”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car squeaks when hitting bumps or when body is torqued by leaving driveway”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“There is an annoying dash rattle on the passenger side of the car. If you Google it, you'll find it”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“Really, it's road noise. not adequately insulated from road noise”

Thomas K., CA (2014 Mazda 3 SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rumble either from wind or tires”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The Mazda3 is somewhat noisy. Our model has an AFTER MARKET (not OEM) sunroof sold by dealer. It creates a lot of noise and should probably be avoided by other buyers. We would have purchased an OEM sunroof, but one is not available at this trim”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Their is a lot of noise, especially when driving on the highway at higher speeds. I never had this much wind noise in any other car I've owned, including a Mazda Prot¿”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

“Noise from front left during low speed maneuvering, bushings replaced under warranty”

Larry N., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“The car had a vibration from the time I first purchased it. It was hard to describe but the dealer too it seriously and kept the car several weeks try to determine the problem. Eventually, they figured out the the front wheel bearings on both sides w”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bearings went in one tire, dealer was unable to determine the bearings were going, even through they were indicated as possibly being noisy through 3 standard checkups”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front wheel bearings needed to be replaced this winter. It took 4 trips to the dealer to have them properly diagnose and repair”

Alex M., OH (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

“There is was and still is a strange clicking noise coming from the ball joints when accelerating from a standstill while the steering wheel is turned more than a quarter turn to the left”

Juan A., FL (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“During routine maintenance, both rear shock-absorbers found to be leaking. Both replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Popping noise when turning and over bumps”

Freddie H., KY (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“Broken rear coli spring. This is a lightly driven vehicle and part should not have failed as soon as it did”

Kip H., NY (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“This car went in for regular maintenance. When we went to pick it up, they said there was a problem with steering wheel and kept it for a few days. Not sure if it was steering wheel vibration or not”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Sport Unsure)
Tie rods

“Rattles over bumps”

Freddie H., KY (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“System lost favorite stations on 4 occasions, even after software update to latest version. Has not happened in last 2 months and the system is working well otherwise”

Larry N., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The whole mazda infotainment system resets every 60 seconds. The dealer did an upgrade, which took away the wifi option, so I can not see gas prices, use apps or the live navigation system. The upgrade did not correct the resetting problem”

Christi K., TX (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Display freezes, sometimes can't get navigation or phone doesn't connect”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CD Player doesn't update song title as it plays; in-dash navigation system very poor at determining location unless put in specific address; right front speaker blown”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Nothing but trouble with system. Freezing, not playing files, not rebooting. Serviced 8 times with no luck. Very poor system. Not advanced tech”

Anonymous, NS (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Traffic app froze repeatedly. Lost connection and system crashing repeatedly. Display screen would fail to fully load”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“None of the connected services work. Mazda has not provided a service for the car to connect to online”

Tony C., GA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Several problems with MazdaConnect from maintenance light coming on without needing maintenance, USB and Bluetooth Audio sources locking up and requiring reboots, and Navigation fails to load occasionally. (Dealer is making 4th attempt to fix today)”

Lauren C., MD (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All the problems previously checked. Mazda corp. has been slow'negligent to respond. Does not rely on dealership assessment or owner reports. Require extreme confirmation (video tape the problem while driving down the road to confirm.Has been a pro”

Anonymous, VT (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen will sometimes freeze and restart. A bit glitchy”

Ashley C., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Unsure)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Failed heads up display unit”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“The Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) has failed two times. The driver side headlight will stick to the left after the first turn”

Diane J., TX (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is an issue with the way the car's computer diverts power when braking. Headlights dim and get bright when braking, making it look like I'm flashing my high beams, when I'm not. Mazda issued a fix for it, but it is not covered under warranty”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Terrible. Can't see more than 100 feet. Dealer says nothing they can do”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“There was a loose ground connection from the factory that caused the hazard lights and console controls to fail intermittently. After three trips to the dealer, this has been rectified”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Problem with break lights that caused many other electronics to malfunction: cruise control, ABS, traction control”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A bad electrical connection cause warning lights to not function until repaired (After three visits to the dealer)”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Basically all the warning lights would come on, sporadically, when the car was started. Turns out to be caused by an issue with the break lights”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer attempted to charge $86 for replacing the battery for the keyless entry system”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Mazda 3 SV 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“in summer of 2014 at 8800 miles trainmission started to slip the dealer replaced tranmiission with new one great custermer services”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Fluid leak and needed a whole new tranny to correct”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Made horrible noise. Took weeks to get repaired due to delays in shipping followed by the wrong part requiring another week. Total 4 weeks. Repair was at dealer. Shipping Problem was at manufacturer. Communication issues everywhere”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring Unsure)

“At 5 months old, 10000 miles, started hearing a strange noise. Took it to dealer and they said transmission was going out. Kept it 3 weeks and ordered and installed new one.They said they'd NEVER seen this in a Mazda”

William R., TX (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)

“I experienced only very minor acceleration problems, hardly noticeable. But I did begin to hear a humming noise. I thought it was a wheel baring. They said it was the transmission and pulled it without opening it and returned it to the manufacturer. Gave me a new transmission no questions asked”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

“Leak in brake master cylinder from date of purchase, and had to refill brake fluid every 1-2 weeks. Took > 2 mo to get them to accept that it was leaking, at which point they replaced it”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“right rear inner pad worn out, almost to its metal backing. my son heard wear sensor squealing but did not report to me. i replaced rear pads just in time before metal to metal contact onto rotor surface. all other brake pads were OK thickness”

Calvin N., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“brake pads creates groove on the front rotors at 500 miles.Dealer said knows some brake pads had this problem and replace it for free”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“Abnormal wear after 3 months. Was replaced with a new rotor”

Michael T., CA (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“One major safety event in which - after an hour of interestate driving, the car failed to acel, had an explosive acel off complete stop, and then revved up without changing gears around 40 mph”

Kate T., MD (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“transmission suddenly did not shift correctly. Dealership said it was a computer issue”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“After taking my car to the dealer for inspection of the slipping transmission, the dealer said he could find no evidence of major system problems and offered to update the software so the TCU would record it better next time (?)”

Kate T., MD (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

“It became very hard, at times, to shift into diets and second gear”

Anonymous, TN (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“rubber trim around drivers door has come loose on two occassions”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Lower rear right bumper of car appeared to be damaged on transport. Temporary paint repair was done. This was not evident at purchase of vehicle”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda 3 SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Wheels rusted rapidly. Mazda would not cover under warranty. Replaced the wheels with alloy wheels at a cost of $650”

David D., CO (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Some little rush on the rear trunk”

Michel R., QC (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Condenser

“The condenser was struck by something, probably a rock, puncturing the refrigerant lines”

Charles F., NC (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“The a/c controls over drove the actuator that operates the outdoor air intake and broke the linkage rods 2 of them you could not control inside temp due to either hot air entering the cabin or cold air entering the cabin”

James F., GA (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“Not going up to temp . no or very little heat”

Anonymous, NS (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Battery failed when one interior light was left on overnight. Boosts provided only temporary solution; battery drained again. The battery is special and if it fails, it must be ordered from the factory, which took six weeks. Dealer provided "regular" battery temporarily. Battery is very expensive: $500”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

“dealership had to make recall repair on ignition switch three times - first two times resulted in car suddenly ceasing operation”

Jennifer S., PA (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

“Sunroof will open upward but will not retract”

George N., NY (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Unsure)

“Does not open”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“Ignition Coil Failure. had to Replace”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“CEL intermittant with code that indicated coolant temp insufficient for normal operation. Eventually stopped appearing after 6 months”

George N., NY (2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Unsure)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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