2004 Mazda Mazda3

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34 reviews
Available Price Range $2,150-$7,870 Trims3 Combined MPG 28-31 Seats 5

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... 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

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Consumer Reviews

4.0 out of 5

Based on 34 reviews

Zoom Zoom is right!

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

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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