The Mazda3 combines real sportiness with the best gas mileage -- 33 mpg overall -- of any conventional compact car. That has earned it one of the top spots in our compact-car Ratings. No boring fuel-economy special, the 3 is a joy to drive, thanks to super-sharp handling, sprightly engines, and smooth transmissions.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"I had a 2009 Honda Civic, and the 2016 Mazda 3 handles so much better. I like to drive fast on twisty roads. It feels solid and balanced. if I exceed the cars limits, just letting off the gas or braking brings it back under control. My Civic was twitchy and required more steering effort and movement, and the entire body shook."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Excellent handling and performance. Almost handles like a sports car. Own a Honda S2000 and the Mazda handles almost as well. Fun to drive and very economical."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Mazda 3)

"Much more refined ride than my 2013 Mazda3."

JEFF H., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Fantastic car to drive. Responsive, handles well, very fun to drive"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"FUN, FUN, FUN to drive.. acceleration, handling. It's hatchback is very handy, car looks great, quality material & workmanship. Only negative is car could use some more sound deadening."

WILLIAM Z., FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"We got the 2.4 engine which makes this car fun to drive!"

CHUCK R., AZ (2016 Mazda 3)

"The gas mileage is not what was advertised. I purchased an automatic because I was told the gas mileage was better but it has poor downshifting and revs the engine when not needed and pickup is poor."

GIZELLE C., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Hugs the road and drives smooth. BAD: When you let off the gas peddle there is a DEFINITE delay in the car slowing down. This is for under 30 MPH. You expect the car to slow down but there is a definite hesitation. I took to dealer; they said there isn't any problem. WRONG ANSWER."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"It's a very tight, nimble car that's as close to a BMW without actually being one"

GORDON C., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"handling is above average"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda 3)

"The car handles well and is a pleasure to drive."

WILLIAM R., CO (2016 Mazda 3)

"This car is so fun to drive, amazing cornering, responsiveness"

Anonymous, ME (2016 Mazda 3)

"Great handling"

DOUG H., FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Suspension much softer than in 2010 model. Makes "thumping" noise when accidentally hit pothole, etc. Feels as if something comes off the car whenever you hit pothole."

GRZEGORZ P., NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"6 speed manual is excellent. Does not handle as well as my previous car - BMW 3 series."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Driving experience is tops. Wife had originally wanted a Prius V, but, after being behind them in traffic while they go 35 mph in the fast lanes I told her we couldn't buy one on principal. Also, I wanted a sunroof and that was not available if you wanted any of safety equipment. Plus, they are boring cars. My wife LOVES the Mazda's styling and the way it is responsive to her commands. She is a graduate of the Bonderant driving school."

NAPOLEAN S., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Transmission can sometimes hesitate on acceleration. Engine is very week compared to my wife's 17 year old Saab. Handling is not great, probably limited by standard all weather tires."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Great acceleration. Feels like a sports car. Very fun to drive."

Anonymous, NM (2016 Mazda 3)

"Excellent ride and handling, good accel. Fun to drive. Excellent fuel economy."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Though I wish I got the 2.5 liter, rather than the 2.0, I love how this car handles"

BRENT S., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Manual six speed is fun to drive and accelerates well for a 2.0 4 cylinder."

MARK F., TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"Fun all rolled up in a car!"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Mazda 3)

"I waited two months to get the manual six-speed shift I wanted and it was well worth the wait. It has a short throw, is incredibly smooth and makes driving this baby a real delight."

DIANA B., MD (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very good acceleration, handling, & braking."

JOHN K., NJ (2016 Mazda 3)

"acceleration to pass has a slight delay before the car speeds up"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Torque is good from 2500 rpm up but I feel the car is sluggish and kind of hesitate below"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Hugs the road very well have 6 speed manual transmission a creation is very dmooth"

DON W., BC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Handles like a dram."

EDWIN L., HI (2016 Mazda 3)

"It's underpowered, but the handling is good."

MIKE T., MS (2016 Mazda 3)

"It has a smaller engine than I am used to and gets very good gas mileage. I was a little concerned about this when I bought it but the acceleration is fine for ordinary driving and I am very satisfied with that. The only negative I have found is that it has a surprisingly poor turning radius for a small car. This can make it difficult to get into a tight parking spot"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Our Mazda 3 is a manual transmission and I wish the stick was a little smoother going between gears. Sometimes it will stick between the lower gears."

JENNY D., PA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Great handling vehicle with just enough power."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mazda 3)

"It handles excellent."

Thomas B., FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"car moves out ,handles like its on rails"

David K., NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"It is really fun to drive"

Wilburn H., IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Fun zippy car, however resists higher speeds more than I would like. Handling is great, except loud in the cabin at high speeds"

Tyann A., SD (2016 Mazda 3)

"Acceleration will not set the world on fire, but very impressive for a vehicle turning in 38mpg. Handling is extremely sporty and quick."

Stephen B., PA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Fun car to drive. Quick, responsive, easy to get around in traffic."

J D., OK (2016 Mazda 3)

"Great on both counts. Excellent steering, road holding true with no lean, yet the ride is comfortable."

Anthony P., IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Quick and responsive"

James C., AB (2016 Mazda 3)

"Good acceleration, excellent handing."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very good."

Andre M., QC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Excellent. When I am on winding Northern California roads, this car's handling shines. I do tend to use the sport button when needing to accelerate quickly as the regular acceleration with the 2.5 4 cylinder engine is not sufficient."

Tamiko J., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, TN (2016 Mazda 3)

"I previously had a Corolla and it was just sluggish enough to be annoying merging into traffic. The Mazda 3 gets basically the same mileage but it has enough power to accelerate when you need it to. A pleasure to drive."

Gabriel R., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Noisy on the road at hwy speeds"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Mazda 3)

"It doesn't have as much power as I would expect, and is much harder to park than my previous Subaru. In fairness, it had better acceleration than the same year (new) Subaru. Had I not been expecting to be strapped for cash in a few months, I would have picked out more well equiped car, no matter what the brand. Also, one of the major points is the Mazda 6-speed transmission, vs. the CVT in the Subaru and in many other 2015/2016 new cars that I test drove. The CVT feels like driving a fancy golf cart. Now that the Mazda is finally broken in, I easily get 40 mpg on a trip; once, when using cruise control, I got 47 mpg."

Kathleen D., VA (2016 Mazda 3)

"I have the manual transmission, and 2.5 liter motor. It accelerates quickly and will go around a corner very nicely. Using the gas, you can get it to steer in to the corner very quickly despite the stock tires."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"steering feel is excellent and responsive (not numb) excellent handling, despite not much acceleration. steering"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3)

"It handles very well and provides adequate acceleration."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda 3)

"Really like how the car handles, and seats are good. Do not like the amount of road noise that comes into the cabin."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Mazda 3)

"The stick shift and clutch are amazingly smooth so it is a joy to drive"

Chris P., CO (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very Crisp driving and handling."

Alan M., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very smooth acceleration and easy handling - I love driving this car!"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Excellent steering, brakes, manual transmission shifting."

Steve Z., KY (2016 Mazda 3)

"the car handles well and has good acceleration in traffic. Very good and sure braking"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"This is a go-cart! Fun to drive, especially in "sport" mode."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Responsive handling, easy shifting (manual)."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Wow is this car fun to drive. Great pick up and wonderful handling."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Sprightly acceleration, fun handling. This small car is simply a blast to drive, especially on winding roads."

Robert S., NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"Fun to drive. Accelerates nicely, and holds speed well. Handles nicely. Braking takes a bit long, but the brake pedal and accelerator pedal are both easy and smooth to use."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"I drive back & forth to Fl & it handles hills well & accelerates well in heavy traffic."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"Drives great, very good handling, great acceleration."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"The Mazda 3 is the best handling car I've ever owned."

Randall F., IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Good acceleration and quick turns even with standard engine."

Robert C., OR (2016 Mazda 3)

"truly a Drivers Car. Fun to drive. very quick and responsive and handles like it's on rails."

J D., OK (2016 Mazda 3)

"I loved the handling and acceleration when I needed it. The car represented a great combination of affordability, styling and enjoyable driving experience"

J R., WA (2016 Mazda 3)

"I have driven sports cars and performance oriented cars all my life, including Porsche, Audi, Saab, BMW, etc. The Mazda is the most fun car to drive of all of them and much easier on pocketbook"

Ken W., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Handling is generally excellent, although acceleration is a little less robust than my older (2013) Mazda 3. I suspect it's because of the SkyActive system which does deliver better fuel economy."

Margaret C., MA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Car handles great. Had to do an emergency avoidance maneuver on the interstate to avoid a car which was about to hit us which involved driving sharply onto the shoulder."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"Sufficient acceleration and good handling to be fun to drive -- at the same time being very efficient and economical."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Great ride."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Corners as if on rails"

Mark B., AZ (2016 Mazda 3)

"Fun to drive. Zoom zoom appeal"

Keith P., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Oversteers badly!"

Judyth B., MN (2016 Mazda 3)

"Zippy, tight and crisp steering...love the way the vehicle handles. The SPORT mode is fantastic."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Mazda 3)

"Excellent handling for an inexpensive car. Acceleration is adequate for most circumstances. Good smart auto transmission. I would have preferred a manual but none found for price paid for this one."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Vehicle handles very well, but compared to my previous (2005) Mazda3, this new 2016 is under powered. I am finding myself having to gear down in order to get up hills much more often than the older car."

Darrell S., BC (2016 Mazda 3)

"It's a very smooth shifter (automatic), and has adequate acceleration when pushed."

Jacob V., FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very responsive handling and great power with an excellent gas consumption, especially on highways."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3)

"Precise steering and cornering. Good braking performance."

Thomas P., IN (2016 Mazda 3)

"The car accelerates and handling ok. However the passenger side view mirror is too large and blocks my view in seeing cars, people and obstacles on the side of the road"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Mazda is one of the few manufacturers that have retained “feel‿ with thief steering even though it is a electric system. The car is a “sports sedan‿ in every sense of the term. The sky active 2.5 engine has great acceleration and achieves low 30’s mpg on the highway."

Roger V., FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"It's a smooth, comfortable car, great value for the money. I kind of wish I had purchased the larger engine. Acceleration is fine, but every now and then while merging in Texas traffic, I wish for a tiny bit more."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"Acceleration is too slow. Should have gotten a bigger engine"

Miriam C., NM (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very responsive, fun to drive."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3)

"It is just flat out fun to drive. It is the first Mazda we've owned. We have stuck with Toyota since 1986 having owned two pickups, two Corollas, and a Sienna van. We wanted a manual transmission because they are just fun to drive. When we were looking to replace our Corolla S, We wanted a car with more safety conveniences, particularly one with a rear cross traffic alert. Toyota offered a manual on their lowest trim level but we could not get a manual with the safety options unless we went with the automatic.. Mazda was the only carmaker that had the combination we were seeking. We drove to a dealer almost 60 miles away to test drive a Mazda 3 with a manual transmission. What a hoot. We really enjoy driving it. We drive it around town and on long non-camping trips. Loads of fun and great gas milage, too."

James B., PA (2016 Mazda 3)

"The handling is one of the high points. It handles like the Miata with quick and responsive steering."

John B., UT (2016 Mazda 3)

"this is the most nimble car i've ever driven. the handling needs only a very light touch. please note, i chose the manual transmission with which i'm am pleased."

Lyn E., TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"This is the first car I have ever owned that is an automatic. I miss the stick but the Mazda 3 did not disappoint."

Richard B., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Excellent handling and fun to drive. Manual transmission available on high end models - a rarity."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Mazda 3)

"Zoom zoom zoom, fast and handles very well"

David M., TN (2016 Mazda 3)

"All said in previous window. Great handling is a value to me. It is a sports car disguised."

Anthony P., IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Back-up camera is really great for parking."

John M., BC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Best handling small sedan around."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"For a small engine, the acceleration is good. Steering is very responsive."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mazda 3)

"1]Cloth seats very uncomfortable 2]clutch play is too long"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3)

"I have the 2.5L engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Shifting is very smooth and fast. The beauty of a manual transmission is you know in advance how much acceleration you need and can select the appropriate gear and this car has all the power I need for 99.9% of my driving."

Jeff H., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Feels very responsive and handles well."

Alphonse D., NJ (2016 Mazda 3)

"Great handling!!"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda 3)

"Has a small engine and gets good gas mileage, yet has the pickup of a larger engine. Is small and handles easily in all types of traffic."

Carol E., WA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Handling, parking, and acceleration if needed"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda 3)

"handling"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Mazda 3)

"The car has excellent acceleration and handling in most every condition."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Fun! Love to take routes through mountains for the fun of it."

F R., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Side visibility is not good. I have to depend on the "blind side" sensors for safety when changing lanes."

Richard T., VA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Super responsive. Easy to steer. Accelerates to pass when necessary. Comfortable viewing for me, especially important since I'm 6'5"."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda 3)

"It's fun to drive."

Marilyn N., IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very good."

John K., NJ (2016 Mazda 3)

"Exceptional handling both for general driving and in emergency situations"

Douglas H., FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"crisp manual transmisson"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Even though the vehicle is an entry level car, the steering is very precise and the suspension is responsive."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"handling is excellent on the mazda 3, feels sharp and direct for a lower end car. Could use more oomph from the 2L (acknowledging there is a 2.5L option). Overall feels like the car could cost $10k more."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3)

"The transmission delays engaging and sometimes jerks into place when starting from a stop, especially after having reversed out of a driveway or parking spot and then shifting into drive. It has suddenly started to sound loader, giving a low sound when going up hills even at 60 mph. It's as if the transmission is not shifting properly."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"The Maz 3 is fun to drive and accelerate quickly for an engine of it size."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3)

"acceleration okay, but quick, handleswell"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"the handling is responsive and cornering unbelievable. A drivers dream. the more curves the better. It has a lot of pep of the line and the transmission is smooth. I love the manual override on hilly terrain."

William G., MB (2016 Mazda 3)

"I can get on the highway and merge into traffic quickly. The car is responsive and I feel safer because of this. (zoom zoom)"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"The acceleration is snappy, very responsive. It handles very well. It appears to be engineered for high gas mileage but when you need the power, it responds quickly (at the expense of the mileage). It is a great car to drive."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Mazda 3)

"Great handling! Acceleration is adequate but merging can be a challenge. Luggage space is not it's forte. Found it with room for a grandson, granddog, son-in-law and myself--- no room for a guitar. Really a great little car: quick, comfortable, economical. That's hard to beat on a budget!"

Joe F., TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"Fast acceleration when necessary"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Good acceleration, good handling"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Acceleration. Using 6-speed standard shift."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"It has great responsiveness. I like the feel of the drive. Very German feel."

Susan C., CO (2016 Mazda 3)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Auto air and auto wipers plus great nav system"

P P., LA (2016 Mazda 3)

"When the heater is turned to the floor heat setting, more he comes out of the defrost vents than out of the floor vents. Your feet stay cold and your face gets hot."

LYNNE P., NC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Climate controls need constant fiddling. Inside noise is high. Ride is tolerable."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda 3)

"The seats are very comfortable in the front, the back is a bit tight for adults. The styling inside is very up-scale and makes me feel like I'm in a BMW. The controls are easy to reach and nice looking."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"Since getting the Mazda, I have no lower back pain."

Anonymous, ME (2016 Mazda 3)

"I think for the high end model (which I have)-- there should be a two memory setting for the driver's seat and something more than a manual passenger seat."

JON C., OH (2016 Mazda 3)

"The main gripe I have with this car is the lack of storage space compared to my 2004Mazda3s. Console storage is TINY; glove box is smaller and the map pockets in the front doors are gone. Additionally, there is only one cigar lighter type of power source, and it is INSIDE the console! There should be at least one at the bottom of the instrument panel for various devices, including my radar detector, etc. 2 USBs are inside the console too. Very inconvenient!"

GAYLE M., NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"The driver seat gets a little uncomfortable on long trips."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Seats are mediocre for comfort"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Mazda 3)

"Perhaps this is because most of the roads on which I commute have been under construction for the two months I've had this car, but there seems to be more road noise inside the cabin than I would have expected. The ride is pretty quiet, though, on the completed, just paved section."

ROBERT H., GA (2016 Mazda 3)

"I'm 5' tall and most cars are not comfortable for me. The Mazda is extremely comfortable and I am able to move the steering well as well as the seat in order to get a good driving position. Feels like an extension of me; I've never been more comfortable driving."

KATHERINE M., TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"seats are a bit hard on long trips or 200-300 miles, but supportive ( we have the leather). The only real complaint is the noise level even with the windows up and the sunroof closed. Also, there is a symphonic "thump, thump, thump" that occurs when a back window is down (say,. for the dog), and one of the front windows is down...which is unfortunate. Rolling up either window solve the problem."

NAPOLEAN S., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Driver's seat cushion is a little too firm"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3)

"noise is way too much"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"The Mazda 3 is a dream to drive. Seats are comfortable, legroom is adequate, climate control is a dream, it rides like a Bently."

EDWIN L., HI (2016 Mazda 3)

"It has a bit too much wind noise on the highway; it is not as quiet at I would like."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Head/neck restraints are at an odd angle and not adjustable--uncomfortable."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Mazda 3)

"I traded in a 2013 Mazda3 Grand Touring and the comfort level of the new car is much improved. Almost like a luxury car in comparison."

JEFF H., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Comfy, a little noisy. Fun to drive!!"

GINA J., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Ride noise is higher than expected with the premium tire option. It could just be the tires fault though. Finding a good seating position has been difficult, on multi-hour trips I find myself fiddling with the power seat to get more comfortable."

JOSHUA H., OR (2016 Mazda 3)

"I have had back and leg problems for years, but my Mazda 3 has fixed all that. The seat has been theripudic for me."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Does not have a seat memory button so everytime someone else drives it, the seat has to be reset."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"small, non supportive seats, very noisey on highway"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mazda 3)

"Need cushion to for back support, lots of road noise"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very comfortable"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Not comfortable. Cramped cabin too low seating position"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Mazda 3)

"After reading review upon review from various publications [including Consumer Reports], I disagree with the general consensus that the Mazda3 has a rough ride and street noise. I do find my seat to be comfortable in most terrain, and street noise is not a problem."

Brent S., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Engine is quite noisy. Seats are reasonably comfortable, though the lumbar support could be better."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very Comfortable Front Seats, quiet, great handling"

Alan M., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Ride is ok, but could be a more smoother comfortable ride."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Mazda 3)

"Comfortable"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Mazda 3)

"Nice seating, good handling, takes bumps excellent"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda 3)

"seat"

Anonymous, TN (2016 Mazda 3)

"Tilt and telescope steering wheel. Easy to find a good driving position. Supportive seat is comfortable on long drives. Comfortable passenger front seat. I've honestly never had a (human) passenger in the back seat! Road noise can be pronounced, but not too bad. The car is low to the ground, so somewhat difficult to get in and out of at times."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Comfortable seats. Good driving position. Ride is firm. Makes for good handling. Worth the trade-off for me. Car is noisier than old manual Fiesta, but ok."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda 3)

"the lack of lumbar adjust makes the driver's seat uncomfortable for me. there was no lumbar only option. the lumbar option package included many things i had no use for."

Lyn E., TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"Seats are fine. Cabin is somewhat noisy."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very comfortable for a small car. Good seats with great support for long drives. Very good seating position. Slightly tight cockpit. The ride is firm and sporty but still smooth. Slightly noisy inside."

Robert S., NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"The ride is comfortable, but the road noise is annoying."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3)

"The ride is not as smooth as previous cars and is apparent during a key section of my commute. You definitely feel the road. Also, there is more noise in the cabin compared to my last car."

Tamiko J., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Very Good"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3)

"They just don't seem to fit me no matter what I do. And the aftertought lumbar support is inadequate."

J M., NJ (2016 Mazda 3)

"Seats are awful on long drives. Poor support under thighs and stiff cushions."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3)

"The driver's seat could use more headroom"

Mark S., OH (2016 Mazda 3)

"Way too much outside noise! Air, etc"

Judyth B., MN (2016 Mazda 3)

"This is the second Mazda I've owned. It is a very stylish car and handles very well."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"The leather seats are very comfortably providing good support on the sides. Almost feels like sitting in a good recliner. Gives good support when cornering."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"The car is very noisy inside especially on the highway. That eliminates any value a good stereo system has. The back seat is also has ZERO leg room. Both of my parents are not very tall and even they have a very hard time getting into and seating comfortably in the back seat."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3)

"It is a sports car therefore the suspension is a little stiff and it is noisier than other cars."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Mazda 3)

"The car has a high bow and I wish the seat would go higher or the front end slope more like a Honda or both."

Robert M., NS (2016 Mazda 3)

"road noise terrible"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Mazda 3)

"I'm tall and the seat adjustments give me plenty of leg room. Seats could be slightly more comfortable on long rides."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Sometimes the volume has to be uncomfortably loud to hear calls or music over the road noise."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Mazda 3)

"The Mazda 3 has an extremely comfortable ride, low interior noise while driving and very comfortable seating."

Edwin L., HI (2016 Mazda 3)

"Road noise is pronounced."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"Rough ride (every imperfection in the road surface is jarring.) Road noise is so bad that I can't appreciate the Bose speakers. I wouldn't suggest the premium system; it gets lost in the din. Conversation on the highway is equally difficult as a night club."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Rather noisy on highway, could take bumps better. Seats are quite comfortable."

Marilyn N., IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Noise is very loud"

Anonymous, HI (2016 Mazda 3)

"poor support, small seats"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mazda 3)

"The driver's seat's positioning is too limited. The seat does not go up high enough for someone 5' 7" or less. The positioning for the front passenger seat is almost non-existent."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"This car has many features considered by other car manufacturers as "luxury" features at a very affordable price (Blind spot warnings, etc.) I love that!"

MATTHEW C., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Lots of nice features included that are only available in higher-priced models from the competition."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"The car is reliable, well-equipped (especially safety equipment), and handles well for a front-drive car. The navigation system is slow (SD-card based), but does allow the owner to update over the Internet. Many nav functions cannot be accessed when moving, which is frustrating,"

STEPHEN N., WA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Bought it from Hertz, which retired the car from the rental fleet at about 11,000 miles. Very well maintained, and has some nice features, such as blind-spot warning and auto windshield wipers, that I don't think are normally standard in the I Sport trim."

JACOB V., FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"My Mazda was one of two manual shift cars on the lot. I got an excellent deal since my previous car was a Mazda (2007). Also, I work in the city where I purchased the car. Finally, only 10% of the customers purchase a manual transmission these days."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Great value for the money. Lots of features and great quality for what you pay. I got my iSport with the manual transmission and the Performance Package for 15500."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"Had to get (and pay for) stuff I didn't want. Only wanted 2.5L engine with manual. Had to buy GT trim level with moon roof, heated power seat, enhanced stereo, climate control that I didn't want."

ALLAN R., OR (2016 Mazda 3)

"For just over 16k new - you can't go wrong. Great fuel economy (37mpg averaging currently), very sporty handling and solid sound system. Will seat 5, but a little tight in the back."

Stephen B., PA (2016 Mazda 3)

"It's a really good road car - 700 miles in one day and still comfortable, still a pleasure to drive - superb handling, great transmission, responsive, strong, unrelenting engine, 3 uncomplaining passengers. 2 complaints: lousy mileage in the city - low 20s mpg, but good on the highway - high 30s; the multitasking console controls drive me crazy! 5000 miles and nothing more than routine oil & filter."

Anthony P., IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"A fun little car to drive. Gets great gas mileage."

Tom J., MN (2016 Mazda 3)

"A lot of great features like back up camera, heated mirrors, winshield rain sensors and anti roll back manual transmission."

Michelle P., NS (2016 Mazda 3)

"High quality and stylish interior"

Wilburn H., IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"For the price, the features on the 3 are similar to higher priced vehicles."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"I like this car very much. I love the phone connect to call and the screen that let's me go to radio, then navigator, then phone, then other functions. Very handy. I like the room in the car too and my truck is big. Good riding and quiet. and I love the back up camera so I don't hit anything."

Jane C., TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"Lots of features comparable to cars costing more"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"I believe it was an excellent value purchase. All the systems on the car have been holding up well."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Mazda 3)

"The car drives and handles great, looks good, has premium features, at a price point that you can’t beat with competitors."

Anonymous, OK (2016 Mazda 3)

"I got the Grand Touring model and it comes with many options you would not expect for a car at this price and class."

Jeff H., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"It has safety features like blind spot detection and backup cameras that you expect and the blue-tooth connection, navigation and entertainment system are very good for a pretty modest price, and so far very reliable.`"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Mazda 3)

"auxillary systems. good gas economy"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Features and driving experience are very good."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mazda 3)

"My Mazda is a peppy performer, gets excellent mileage, has important safety features and is quite pretty."

Terry W., TX (2016 Mazda 3)

"It gets great milage and is fun"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"For the amount of money spent (roughly around 30k), you get a great all in one package that looks incredible, is fairly quick, handles well around corners, and has a bumping speaker system (Bose)."

Joseph C., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"My wife drives the car and we put very little mileage each year. With that in mind the car has had no problems. She is very happy with it and especially loves the rear camera and the SkyActive warning system."

Anonymous, MS (2016 Mazda 3)

"Good overall value - interior, engine, transmission, styling."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Mazda 3)

"Car feels more expensive than it was. Has a lot of safety features. Sporty ride."

Alphonse D., NJ (2016 Mazda 3)

"We bought our car through COSTCO plus got a year end factory rebate. This is an excellent car for the price and the styling will hold-up for years."

Arthur G., OR (2016 Mazda 3)

"purchased through edmunds.com and got a great deal, better than any I've ever seen or found."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"High Value in styling, electronics, reliability as a very good package for price."

Amy P., MD (2016 Mazda 3)

"Excellent value. Good gas mileage. Have a good dealer for service."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"Received the most in safety features for the price compared to comparable autos."

John B., UT (2016 Mazda 3)

"I find it difficult to believe I paid less than $20,000 for this car. It looks and handles like a car worth a fair bit more."

Gabriel R., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Except for the daunting navigation system, I feel like I got a great car for a fair price. It gets very respectable gas mileage, drives great, has lots of safety/warning features, i.e. the best back-up camera; comfortable, heated seats; good stereo sound for a reasonable price."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda 3)

"For the price, this is a great car. zippy, fun, safe and fuel efficient"

Susan C., CO (2016 Mazda 3)

"This car has the look and styling of a much more expensive can"

Richard T., NC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Car delivers pretty good mpg for city driving."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda 3)

"Small car, high milage, hatchback, so roomy with the back seats folded down. Lot of safety features."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"safety features, performance, mileage, heated seats, moon roof..."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"A lot of safety systems are standard such as blind spot monitoring and backup camera for 25k."

Robert C., OR (2016 Mazda 3)

"Great car for the money, as I got the base i-Sport with a manual transmission. Mileage is great, engine is peppy, and the car is a lot of fun to drive. Handles great for a base model and I like that it included alloy wheels."

Joel H., MA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Excellent handling and braking, agreeable styling, overall comfort and utility. A really great manual shifter."

Thomas P., IN (2016 Mazda 3)

"The car handling is one of the best if not the best for it's classification. On the highway I get 4 5 to 5 Liters per 100 km and is unbelievably economical on gas. I have the red colored Mazda 3 and get complements all the time on its looks and style. interior noise is an issue on rough roads"

William G., MB (2016 Mazda 3)

"negotiable prices, solid car with no reliability issues."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3)

"I had to give up my mid-life crisis toy of 15 years, my Miata, no longer practical or comfortable for and old man. So I traded it in for this Mazda 3 thinking it a sacrifice. Pleased as I was to have the advantages of a grown-ups car - room for 3 or 4 other people and stuff, I was all the more pleased to have such good power and handling commensurate with the Miata. I am especially grateful for the positive automatic transmission which allows gear selection when needed. It is a great road car. I have happily driven it over 700 miles in one day."

Anthony P., IL (2016 Mazda 3)

"Really good value for the money, everything I could have wanted, although it came with navigation I don't use it because it constantly gives my location."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda 3)

"standard options were plentiful at this trim level, backup camera, heated seats, sunroof, bluetooth, usb connectivity, auto wipers etc."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3)

"When using the build your car options online the Mazda seem to be a better value with regards to what is included on different trim lines."

Richard B., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"It's very hard to judge if you are getting a good value on a lease as what they advertise is the basic model. When you want extra (I wanted blind spot monitoring, the car that had that also had navigation and other options) it becomes difficult. Even after 2.5 years, I wonder if I am paying too much!"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3)

"The Mazda 3 has build quality and materials expected in a more expensive car. It has great acceleration and handling."

Roger V., FL (2016 Mazda 3)

Styling

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"Looks great. I'm a big guy and I fit comfortably in driver AND passenger seats. Very fun to drive."

Anonymous, NM (2016 Mazda 3)

"Everything functional"

DON W., BC (2016 Mazda 3)

"Hatchback is the best looking car on the road today"

STEVEN W., MA (2016 Mazda 3)

"some people thought my car was a BMW (which would have been more than 2x the price)"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda 3)

"It really looks like a sports-sedan"

DOUG H., FL (2016 Mazda 3)

"When I look at todays cars...they all look the same. Mazda3 is unique compared to other car styles..."

BRENT S., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

Would you buy this car again?

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