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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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
Front
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 2015 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera did not activate"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"intermittently picture is blurry. Worked fine when at shop.They could not diagnose any issue, since it was working"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"video started to display distortion which made viewing unusable. This happened only first thing in the morning and only intermittently, but the remainder of the day it was ok."

David T., ID (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"display was erratic"

Susan F., CA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Infotainment system freezes about once a week, only way to reset it is to turn car off and back on"

Michael B., OH (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The system failed and had to be replaced. The music system would freeze, Bluetooth connections would drop"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Touchscreen malfunctions. Randomly changes radio stations, ends phone calls, etc."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 3 SV 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Mazda infotainment screen does not automatically change from day to night. Mazda recently issued recall notice as screens may ghost due to moisture. Ghosting is where the screen would freeze or do something strange like repeating dialling a phone number"

Kevin M., ON (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The display screen kept freezing up. A dealer replacde it with a new screen ~$1000. No problems since"

Anonymous, OK (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They display will not go to the next screen using the toggle. I must use the buttons and return to the main screen. It was this way for about a year and then just recently fixed itself."

Margaret C., DE (2015 Mazda 3)
Display screen goes blank

"Displayed worked fine until the vehicle was returned for an unrelated recall repair. My car was returned with no infotainment display therefore no radio etc. Even though I had an extended warranty I was charges over $100 to replace the display that was working fine when brought in for the recall repair."

Charles T., NY (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The system would often reset the radio stations, satellite radio and maintenance reminders. It went black one time."

Kevin H., IL (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I have synced the phone properly for phone and audio but the audio only works when I start playing music on my phone then it comes through the car. When I try to select music though the car (Mazda Connect) it does not come up. Message says devise cannot be found. Phone calls through the car work fine"

Mark M., IL (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My iPod would begin playing a random song when connected but controls did not work. It would only play that one song over and over. Loaner car had same issue"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"With the iPhone connected, the menu display on the car's screen is sometimes inaccurate, especially for podcasts."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Stopped working on a trip. Mazda had to install newest version to fix problem"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"System will occasionally stop working and display a message saying that no navigation system is installed. It happens without any pattern. Shutting off the engine and restarting fixes it"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Mazda 3)

"Wifi function is disabled and Mazda somehow discontinued providing traffic and gas price information.Therefore, the GPS cannot receive and reflect real-time traffic information"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation works, but after I reach my destination, I cannot clear or cancel. The screen then begins showing random areas near the route I've traveled and beeps. I plan to have it looked at when I next take the care in for servicing."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Navigation system is by Tom Tom. It is clear, easy to set, sound is good. I wanted to update the maps, the update program couldn't see the SD card. Online fixes revolved around deleting files and uploading new ones, nothing worked and in the end I deleted the wrong file and ruined the SD card.. The dealer wouldn't/couldn't fix it. A replacement SD card was over $400, I ended up buying one off of ebay. It worked just as well as the first one, but won't update either. I felt Mazda dropped the ball on this. I now use my phone's app."

Kenneth B., GA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The SD card was not functioning properly in cold weather (-20 C). The dealer replaced it for a new SD card"

Kasra R., ON (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth pairing only works about 75% of the time and requires going into the phone and turning bluetooth on and off. This is with 3 different phones (2 iPhones, 1 Android) so it is not dependent on brand"

Michael B., OH (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"lack of communication via blue tooth and iphone"

Eric R., RI (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone does not reliably connect anymore. Screen selection menu often jumps to a category I don't want instead of the one it should. It might go to Sirius when I want it to connect to my phone instead."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Using hands free phone calls, voice is unrecognizable via speakers. Blue tooth connection delivers choppy voice in speakers. Speakers are ok, blue tooth connection is not"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"High pitch squeal on FM radio stations"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Twice in the last 4 months, preset radio stations in the display screen are lost (as though the car battery had died). Miss old-fashioned buttons, the touch screen can't be used while driving, and I have to scan through my presets instead of just pre"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio sometimes doesn't work—very rare, but does occur. Display often doesn't catch up to music playing. Display is slow to work and respond at times. At times goes blank or clearly has error."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Factory Bose sound system. Never been a fan of Bose; over rated w/o specs to back up claims. Rattle in speakers w/ low frequency sounds. Replacing with Infinity speakers."

Jason J., NY (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"They just don't work sometimes. They didn't work for awhile but then started working again. Every now and then when I press the buttons nothing happens, but so far they started working again eventually. I don't know what's up with that. I haven't taken it to the shop."

Dallas M., LA (2015 Mazda 3)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Brakes were fine until a recall repair after which I had poor brakes and the rear calipers stuck and work down the pads to bare metal ruining the rotors. I refused to return to the dealer and made all repairs myself. Very poor customer service"

Charles T., NY (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake inlet was leaking brake fluid on caliper, replaced under warranty. Other caliper seized at 80,000k this was not covered under warranty. I have never had a caliper replaced on any of my other cars I have owned"

Mark C., ON (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"one of the calipers was leaking"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"They rusted / froze, causing the rear brakes to wear down 90% in 35000 miles."

Russell N., NY (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliber seized."

Anonymous, NL (2015 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Needed to replace the pads and lathe the rotors Front/Back."

Javier D., FL (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"This was a recall. My vehicle did have the defect but luckily I live in a very flat area."

Margaret C., DE (2015 Mazda 3)

"after the car sits for several days the rear rear brakes do not release when the parking brake handle is released, the vehicle will not move. I have returned to the dealer several times but they have done nothing. I had read in the local newspaper (Pro-Jo.) that my vehicle had been recalled for this problem, but the dealer said ther was no such recall!!!"

Peter G., RI (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This was a factory recall. The parking brake did not fully engage and thus a car could roll with the brake on. I fortunately live at sea level."

Margaret C., DE (2015 Mazda 3)

"Safety recall to replace part of the parking break, because it could fail."

John S., VA (2015 Mazda 3)

"parking brake fails to release, rusted in on position. after being parked in garage for several days"

Peter G., RI (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Rear brakes need relaxing at 20000 miles"

Charles Y., CA (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We don’t drive our car very much, <8000 miles per year, and yet we have had two $500+ brake jobs in the five years we have owned th scar. That seems excessive."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have previously had Volkswagons and not needed to re[place brakes in the first four years of owning and I have driven this car much less than I drove the volkswagons."

Christine P., ON (2015 Mazda 3)

"Purchased a 2015 Mazda that's was originally purchased 4-1/2 years earlier. Front and great brakes required replacement b/c excessive rust and pad degradation."

Jason J., NY (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I was experiencing shudder in the steering when the brakes were applied at highway speeds. Mazda had to turn the rotors at 25000. I am at 48000 miles now and and the rotors cannot be turned again, therefore I have to pony up for replacement rotors. I am looking into drilled/slotted rotors for better cooling."

Joshua N., CA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My last two Volkswagons did not need to have brakes replaced. I feel at three years, it was much too soon"

Christine P., ON (2015 Mazda 3)

"Rear brakes were completely worn down even though the front brakes were fine. Had no idea there was a problem until I had the tires rotated. Last rotation they were fine so I had no warning that I essentially had no rear brakes"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Mazda 3)

"The inside brake pad of the rear brakes, which I believe connects to hand brake, was found to have excess wear compared with other pads. Driving with the hand brake is not the reason as I am particularly careful about that as well as the car producing an audible alarm when driving with the hand brake on."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Calipers were hanging up causing the pads and rotors to wear prematurely. I made repairs myself for fear of unsafe repairs by the dealer"

Charles T., NY (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"One mount was broken resulting in a very slight squeaking noise that alerted me to the problem"

James R., BC (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"In cold weather and short trips the engine oil level climbs. It is being diluted by gas, there is a strong gas smell on the dipstick. Mazda deny that this can happen, but I've read of other with this problem. The oil dilution is significant, and I expect the engine to be seriously damaged by this"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The issue is more with oil dilution. During cold months the engine oil level climbs well above the full mark (0.5 to 0.75). Mazda are unable to fix it. GDI cars are unsuited to colder climates."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"1st off, the engine oil drain plug requires a metric allen wrench to remove/install the plug - most very inconvenient. (instead of a plug that has a square end to it, so a plain-'ol cresent wrench could remove/install the plug) The oil leak is from this drain plug - not being able to tighten it enough"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor oil leak discovered around cam chain covers during routine maintenance. Fixed under warranty"

Victor B., CA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing case leak. Dealer asked to reseal. Cost $680."

Abu K., AZ (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket was leaking. Discovered during annual service. Replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"goes off unexpectedly - hard to turn the alarm off"

Art G., CA (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Wire to the left side forward amber parking light and turn signal frayed and broke. This was due to the light gauge of the wire and lack of wire supports."

Anonymous, AK (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"The head up display does not lift 100% of the time, this is a recurring issue from new. Occasionally it take s number tries to lift into position, or requires cycling power ie: stop and restart. I've driven without it as it did not lift. This display shows the vehicle speed. As it's intermittent Mazda would not fix it even while under warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"When new on the lot, overhead dome lights were inoperative. Will have repaired under warranty at first (6-mo) service"

Mike A., VA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Key fob battery needs to be replaced occasionally"

James P., FL (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"the monitor kept going on when the pressure was fine"

Anonymous, VA (2015 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"drive side window weather stripping moved causing a clicking when window slid into upper grove, it's been replaced during an oil change"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Noise around passenger side of car"

Anonymous, AB (2015 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"periodic rattle in dash driving on bumpy roads and sometimes downshifting. Usually heard in colder weather."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Car is noisy at highway speed even though all seals intact"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It has road noise when travelling on the local and even in Highways"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Too much wind noice when driving"

Gloria S., TX (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"My wife drives it pretty hard."

Larry D., IL (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Took car in for warranty service because of shifter vibration in a couple of the gears. They did some transmission repair under warranty, which corrected the vibration to a good degree, but which caused gear grinding if the revs were too high. So now Mazda is going to replace the whole transmission, and my car has been sitting at the dealer for over a month while we wait for the new one. I do have a loaner car in the meantime. They said if the clutch is over 50% worn when they finally do the"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission has an issue with difficult shifting into 3rd and 4th. This is covered by a TSB for the 2104-2015 years. Transmission was removed and 3rd and 4th gears and synchros replaced. It is better in 3rd and 4th but not as good as other cars I've owned. It now pops out of first gear when engine breaking. The car was out of service for 7 days. The shop subcontracted to do the work lifted the car wrong and damaged the bottom of the fenders. Mazda has ordered a replacement transmission, d"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Whining noise alerted me to need to take car to dealer, who diagnosed need for replacement of transmission"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission needed total replacement. We purchased the extended warranty which covered the full replacement for only $100 deductible."

Jeffrey P., CT (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The manual transmission was defective from the first time I drove the car. after multiple trips the dealer they finally acknowledged there was a problem. The first attempt to rebuild the transmission failed, it popped out of first gear. The second time the transmission was replaced with a brand new unit. operates perfectly since. Mazda know they have a problem there is a TSB describing this, but did there best to not acknowledge it and not fix it."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-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

Rough shifting

"In the last couple of weeks, the car has been having issues were the automatic transmission would shift rough, going from 1st to 2nd. Sometimes, it shifts so rough, the vibration is felt throughout the cabin"

William D., QC (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I've driven manual cars for 30 years and this is by far the roughest transmission I have experienced, Including trucks and 4x4s driven in the past. The transition from 1>2 is terrible, and from 2>3 tries to jettison you forward, but moslly just results in a stall. As a result I try to go from 1>3"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Frankly, I don't now what the problem is. But on rainy days, and only rainy days, the vehicle shudders terribly when I start from a stopped position. After releasing the accelerator, and depressing it very slowly, the shuddering stops. After that initial shake , it runs fine until I make a another complete stop. I have not had it investigated since I drive infrequently on rainy days."

Tom M., CA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Multiple warning lights. Fixed with firmware update"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Delay when shifting into Reverse"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 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

Locks and latches

"The latch for the center console broke"

Robert P., ON (2015 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"Outside mirror cover attachment not secure (poor design), came off in carwash & cover lost, entire mirror had to be replaced - cost $250 total"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"would not close"

R M., FL (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Driver's side window stick and at times will not go down"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger window frequently sticks shut"

Charles T., NY (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-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

Alignment

"There was a humming sound at 55-60 mph, after I hit a rock on the side of the road at 30 mph. Fixed after I got a realignment and readjustment. Diagnosed by dealer repair department as being caused by the accident"

Richard B., CA (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"the car had a clunking noise going over speed bumps and gutters."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"1 rear shock was leaking and replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Recall"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-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

A/C compressor

"both heater and air conditioner failed. Mazda disclosed that the replacements are not available and that they would they would replace the system with rebuilding it with their own components, This requires having my car in the shop for 24 hrs.. I would need to make an appointment"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3)

"The AC stopped producing cold air."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Heater dashboard control failed, heater had to be completely replaced by the dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Need to keep adjusting."

Anonymous, NL (2015 Mazda 3 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)

"bad battery. Took over 12 hrs of testing to replace. Got a loaner car. Overall 3 day mess."

Jeff D., TX (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Battery cables

"problem was the system for holding and connecting the battery (allowing it to start the engine) had failed somehow. the mechanics said they had never really encountered this problem before. whole system had to be replaced (and new battery)."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"A defective brake light switch did not send a signal to the computer that the brake pedal was depressed. So the car would not start with the push button start engaged. The switch was replaced under warranty."

Peter Q., TX (2015 Mazda 3 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 exterior trim or moldings

"This was the closest category I could find for the problem. The holes drilled into the hatchback for the license plate were incorrectly placed, so the license plate could not be attached. Mazda replaced the entire hatchback at no cost, and even gave"

James M., TX (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Driving light cowling fell off while driving"

David S., TX (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeling front bumper cover"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Car failed and would not restart. Resulted in death of driver. Please feel free to reach out with further questions"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

"With front wheel drive and traction control I had hoped to have at least the basic ability to drive in the rain. But hills, starts from a full stop on flat ground, and basic driving is almost impossible without swerving or fishtailing if there is any wet surface at all"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Lost all radio favorites, lost right time, lost fixed interval oil change mileage measurement"

Anonymous, UT (2015 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-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

"The mazda 3 experiences severe oil dilution in the winter months. The oil level climbs by 3mm a week, and is typically 12-15mm above the full mark all winter. (in excess of 1L out of a 4.4L oil fill). This was verified by the dealer, to address this the fuel injector were tested. Two of the four injectors were found to leak. These were replaced, with no effect on the oil level increase. The high pressure fuel pump was replaced again not improvement. Mazda's tech response was to not check the oil level till the next change interval. Hardly encouraging. Direct contact with Mazda was not much help, GDI engines can have this problem. Mazda could or would not say if the dilution would cause early engine failure. The only solution from Mazda is to drive the car a minimum of 20 minutes on the highway each start when the temp is below 5C. Needless to say this is not feasible. Mazda should not be selling these cars in Canada, as they are completely unsuited to our weather."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Variable-valve timing is NOISY when engine is cold. Live in Florida, so cold is anything under operating temperature. Noise developed around 40k miles. Slightly heavier weight oil helps, but does not cure the problem."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda 3 SV 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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