Mazda Mazda3

2006 Mazda Mazda3

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  • (4.6) 61 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,127$8,415
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 29-31
  • Engine: 145-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2006 Mazda Mazda3

Our Take on the 2006 Mazda Mazda3

Mazda's larger, more powerful replacements for the departed Proteg� sedan and Proteg�5 hatchback went on sale in the 2004 model year. Built on the same platform as the Volvo S40, the compact, front-wheel-drive Mazda3 displayed entirely different styling. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine went... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 2.0- or 2.3-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Sporty Mazda styling and personality
  • New s Grand Touring model

2006 Mazda Mazda3 Reviews Expert Reviews

They don't get the attention -- or the sales -- of comparable models from Toyota and Honda, but don't overlook the Mazda3 and its bigger brother, the Mazda6. Both cars offer genuinely good value and, when outfitted in their sportier trim, serve up a fun-to-drive factor that rivals German cars.Case in point: The 2006 Mazda3 s. Though the engine and transmission aren't quite as ref... Read full review for the 2006 Mazda Mazda 3

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Mazda 3 GT

by wh276348 from Walnut, MS on August 4, 2010

I do all my own maintenance and have 111K miles on the car, all highway. I have the 2.3 with 5 speed manual and get between 31 and 36 MPG. Depends upon weather. Only problem the front wheel bearings ... Read Full Review

8 Trim Levels Available

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 Safety Ratings

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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