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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There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
NA
Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

"The on-dash screen split with the top at the the bottom and the bottom at the top. Both the screen and the back-up camera were replaced under warranty"

Paul P., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"difficult to see in bright sunlight, dims considerable when you turn on your headlights at night"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Unsure)

"tiny numbers and letter on instrument panel, difficult to see in bright sunlight"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The Pandora app on the car regularly drops Pandora on my phone, freezes when I switch to a phone call, displays a notice that my Pandora station has been deleted, and occasionally crashes MazdaConnect altogether"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Live traffic is not functional"

Bret H., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Map chip would not load, so GPS would not display. Dealer replaced entire in-dash unit when a chip replacement did not solve the problem"

Carl G., MA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS didn't respond to voice commands. Was repaired under warranty"

Paul P., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Text messages between iPhone and radio have never worked. Have also had to remove my phone from the radio completely and set up again"

Michael M., AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth pairing is a total crapshoot and often as not it sounds like a skipping cd. No idea how much of this is Mazda's fault vs Motorola's (which still has my phone on Android 6.0)"

Gabriel R., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Voice dialing only works occasionally. It responds it is learning voice"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3 SV Unsure)

"The voice command function on MazdaConnect disables the voice command function on my phone, making it impossible to use voice to set navigation destinations, dictate a text message, etc. The voice command works well within the MazdaConnect system, however"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 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

Headlights

"One headlight quit working"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"one of the headlights quit"

Anonymous, LA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Randomly one of the two keys will not unlock the car. This has happened with each key at different times. Because my husband's key was available, his key worked when mine didn't and vice versa at another time. Both keys functioned again after the car was started and stopped with the key that was working at the time. This was not a key battery issue"

Steven W., MA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"The factory remote starter works or fails in a completely random pattern. The car is always parked 15 feet from the back door. Sometimes it starts with the remote and sometimes it doesn't. Troubleshooting the problem with the dealer service department has been ineffective"

Steven W., MA (2016 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 exterior trim or moldings

"Front end of car is very low for a parking and unfortunately its front skid plate is loose and made of thin cheap plastic which is very expensive to replace. My previous car was a 2006 Honda Fit and I never had clearance issues for parking up to cement blocks"

Emily B., BC (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"window trim loose on passenger front and rear windows. Replaced under warranty"

Al M., NS (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint chips easily"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chips constantly. Car is.careful ly driven and maintained. Especially the painted plastic areas"

Joe H., FL (2016 Mazda 3 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

Shocks or struts

"struts had to be adjusted likely due to hitting a curb while driving"

John B., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"It currently has steering wheel vibration, and we just had an alignment, so it's going back for service to check it"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Unsure)
Wheel bearings

"Driver front wheel bearing/hub was replaced under warranty at 34,500 miles mark"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Brake pad carved a deep groove in rotor, both replaced under warranty on one wheel"

Michael M., AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"The rear rotors had to be replaced at 36000. I have owned a number of cars and for rotors to wear out that soon is not acceptable. Was told they had noticed this in Mazda 3. My previous vehicle was a 1990 Miata and drove it in excess of 275000 miles and they were replaces 3 times"

Richard B., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 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

Rough shifting

"delay in downshifting"

Edward M., WA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Serious lag time in accelleration"

Edward M., WA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-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

"Intermittent noise when I open door or sit down( and I am not a huge person!)"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Unsure)

"This car while it drives nice it has a huge problem with air noise and out road noise. The road noise is unbearable it's like driving with no sound proofing. The noise comes from undercarriage of car as well as from the windows/doors"

Vivian F., FL (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"after 3 months of owning the vehicle, driving approximately 4500 miles, transmission required replacement. Diagnosis and replacement required two months to complete"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-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

Mirrors

"Left side mirror cover was not properly attached, and fell off. Repaired gratis by Mazda"

Anonymous, NS (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 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.

Engine Cooling

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

Climate System

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

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

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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Recalls
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VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER
Apr 04 2019
Reduced visibility while driving can increase the risk of crash.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Mazda3 vehicles. A defective windshield wiper relay may cause the windshield wipers to become inoperative, reducing the driver's visibility.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front body control module with a new module which uses an improved wiper relay design, free of charge. The recall began May 7, 2019. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 3219D.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V272000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 187880
PARKING BRAKE
Jun 22 2017
If the parking brake actuator shaft binds, the parking brake may not engage or disengage fully. If the parking brake does not engage properly, the vehicle may move unexpectedly if it is parked on a slope, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2014-2015 Mazda6 and 2014-2016 Mazda3 vehicles. Water could possibly enter the brake caliper causing the parking brake actuator shaft to corrode and possibly bind.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will check the parking brake actuator shafts, replacing any that are corroded, free of charge. Remedy parts are currently unavailable. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed August 24, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1217F.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V393000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 227814
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE
Sep 23 2016
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2016 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured September 24, 2015, to October 16, 2015. During manufacturing, the fuel tanks for the affected vehicles may have deformed, resulting in a fuel leak from the recirculation pipe welded connection.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and depending on the tank lot number, dealers will inspect the recirculation pipe weld, replacing the fuel tank, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 1, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0216I.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V685000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3849
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Sep 22 2016
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Mazda Motors North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured January 4, 2014, to September 18, 2015. The fuel tank of the affected vehicles may have been improperly handled during manufacturing and, as a result, the welded attachment of the Inlet Check Valve (ICV) may fail and allow fuel to leak.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and depending on the tank lot number, dealers will inspect the ICV weld, replacing the fuel tank, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 1, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0116I.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V684000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17484
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Oct 02 2015
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. An engine that stalls increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured May 21, 2015, to August 25, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with a fuel tank with a shut-off valve that can allow fuel to enter into the fuel tank emissions systems. If enough fuel enters the emission system it may leak out onto the ground or result in an engine stall.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle's fuel shut-off valve. As needed, the fuel shut-off valve and the affected fuel tank emissions system components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall began on October 20, 2015. Owners are advised not to drive their vehicle until the repairs have been completed. Mazda will provide rental cars until that time. Owners may contact the Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800- 222-5500, option #6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8615J.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V621000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14411
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