Handsome styling; great performance; upscale luxuries; attractive pricing; excellent fuel economy
Slightly sluggish with the 2.0-liter engine; freestanding infotainment screen looks cheap; infotainment interface can be slow and confusing
The 2016 Mazda3 gains more features and a lower base price. A rear backup camera is now standard on all models, while the Sport trim becomes the new entry-level model.
Virtually every Mazda3 offers a long list of positive traits. Our favorite trim level is the s Touring. It combines the big engine with everything you might want from a compact car -- and a few things you probably weren't expecting. Find a Mazda Mazda3 for sale
The Mazda3 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Shoppers also have the choice between two engines. Mazda3 i models use the 2.0-liter, while the Mazda3 s models use the 2.5. The Mazda3 s is confined to Touring and Grand Touring trims.
The Mazda3 i Sport ($18,665 for the sedan; $19,365 for the hatchback) includes push-button starting, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, 16-inch steel wheels, a folding rear seat, 6-speaker audio with USB integration, cruise control, Bluetooth (including audio), Mazda Connect and a tilt-telescopic steering column.
Above the Sport is the Mazda3 i Touring ($20,865 for the sedan; $21,565 for the hatchback). The Touring model adds alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a power moonroof, halogen fog lights, advanced keyless entry and starting, a blind spot monitoring system, a rear cross-traffic alert system and heated side mirrors.
Choose the Mazda3 i Grand Touring ($23,365 for the sedan; $24,065 for the hatchback) for heated front seats with leatherette covering, a power driver's seat and navigation.
If you want the larger engine, there are two options. The Mazda3 s Touring ($25,615 for the sedan; $25,315 for the hatchback) is similarly equipped to a Mazda3 i Grand Touring with a few additional luxuries. They include 18-in alloy wheels, xenon headlights and a head-up display directly in front of the driver.
At the highest end of the lineup is the Mazda3 s Grand Touring ($25,565 for the sedan; $26,265 for the hatchback), which offers luxury-car levels of equipment. Think rain-sensing wipers, adaptive headlights and true leather seats.
New for Mazda3 i Sport is the Preferred Equipment package, which adds 16-in alloy wheels, heated side mirrors with integrated turn-signal lamps, premium cloth-trimmed sport seats, auto on/off headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.
The Touring's Popular Equipment package adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose 9-speaker surround-sound system with Centerpoint 2 and AudioPilot 2, SiriusXM radio with a 4-month subscription, a CD player and a shark-fin antenna.
In addition to its standard features, many Mazda3 models offer options available on more expensive trim levels in the car's range. The Mazda3 s Grand Touring can be equipped with a regenerative braking system, adaptive cruise control, an automatic high-beam control feature and a forward-collision warning system.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2016 Ford Focus -- The Ford Focus remains a worthy competitor, offering more conservative styling but equally impressive audio and electronic features. Like the Mazda3, it's offered as a sedan or a hatchback, and the turbocharged ST can blow the doors off a Grand Touring.
2016 Honda Civic -- The new Honda Civic feels at home in the midst of the compact-car segment. Base models are just as sporty as the Mazda3, but the performance-oriented Civic Si and Type R will give any Mazda3 a run for its money.
Used Audi A3 -- For the price of a new Mazda3, you can pick up a nice 2010-2013 Audi A3 hatchback and have the choice of all-wheel drive or a diesel engine.