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Whether as a sedan or hatchback, the Mazda3 is fun to drive, thanks to its perky handling and an engine that tends to sing rather than buzz. At 33 mpg, the Mazda3 is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the compact class. It also offers a host of luxury features rarely matched by any other compact car, including a multimedia system with a large center screen and active safety features such as a blind-spot monitoring system. On the downside, the car tends to be loud on the highway, and ride comfort isn't stellar. The infotainment system controls can be daunting at first and take a while to master, and the Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta have roomier rear seats. 2018 model adds standard forward-collision warning and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

Road Test

The Mazda3 combines real sportiness with excellent gas mileage -- 33 mpg overall. 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 e...

Highs

  • Fun-to-drive with agile handling
  • Very fuel efficient without the added cost or complexity of being a diesel or hybrid

Lows

  • Somewhat noisy
  • Lots of other small cars have larger rear seats

Best Version to Get

Here are the major decisions you need to make when picking a Mazda3: Hatchback or sedan? The five-door hatchback adds considerable cargo-hauling flexibility. Apples to apples, it costs about $800 more than the sedan. Which trim line and engine? The base Sport sedan comes...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
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)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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