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2006 Mazda Mazda3
2006 Mazda Mazda3
Available Price Range $2,313-$8,301 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 29-31 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2006 Mazda Mazda3

Our Take

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


Our 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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Consumer Reviews


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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


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