• (4.1) 40 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,693$7,785
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 28-31
  • Engine: 144-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2004 Mazda Mazda3

Our Take on the 2004 Mazda Mazda3

Our Take

Mazda’s replacements for the departed Proteg� sedan and Proteg�5 hatchback went on sale in December 2003. Evolved from the company’s Sportif show car, the new Mazda3 four-door sedan and five-door hatchback are larger and more powerful than their Proteg� predecessors. They’re als... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Instrument readability
  • Backseat passenger space
  • Engine noise on hard acceleration
  • Seat comfort

Notable Features

  • 2.0- or 2.3-liter engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Sporty Mazda styling and personality
  • Kinship to larger Mazda models
  • Two body styles


Our Expert Reviews

I suppose in these days of freedom fries and the Boycott France campaign of Bill O'Reilly - about whom there has been much buzzzzz lately - few in the United States would agitate for the return of French-made cars. Quel dommage.The French carmakers - PSA Peugeot Citroën (now a single company) and Renault - build some awesome cars. Partisans of the Mitsubishi Evo VIII or Subaru WRX STi... Read full review for the 2004 Mazda Mazda 3

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Consumer Reviews


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by Mazda in Ohio from Akron, Ohio on December 3, 2010

I traded my 2005 Nissan Altima V6 SL for my 2004 Mazda 3 sedan 2.3. Even tho the 3 didnt have as much passing power as my Altima, the quick transmission shifts made up for it. Definitely gave you the ... Read Full Review

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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