2013 Mazda Mazda3

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Mazda Mazda3. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    148-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Sporty handling
  • Manual shifter feel
  • Smiling grille toned down a bit
  • Interior quality
  • Blind spot monitoring option

The Bad

  • Higher mileage costs more
  • Styling still controversial

Notable Features of the 2013 Mazda Mazda3

  • Wider availability of efficient SkyActiv drivetrain
  • Newly standard air conditioning
  • Sedan or four-door hatchback
  • Highway mpg up to 40
  • Manual or automatic transmission

2013 Mazda Mazda3 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The  compact five-seat Mazda3 is available as a sedan or four-door hatchback and is available with Mazda's high-efficiency technologies marketed under the SkyActiv name, including an optional engine rated at up to 40 mpg on the highway. It competes with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, to name a few.
New for 2013
Air conditioning is newly standard, and the SkyActiv 2.0-liter four-cylinder now comes on the i Sport sedan in addition to the i Touring and i Grand Touring.

The i Sport, i Touring and i Grand Touring add a USB port and a driver information system.

Exterior
The front bumper was smoothed last year, and although the smiling grille's detailing changed, its size remains the same. Most of the changes to the exterior and underbody were made to improve aerodynamics by 7 percent for both body styles.

When equipped with the optional SkyActiv engine, the Mazda3 has a blue ring around each projector-beam headlight lens, extra badging and a blue engine cover under the hood. Exterior features include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels available
  • Available fog lights
  • Available side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available rear spoiler
  • Available power moonroof

Interior
Interior changes for 2012 included silver trim on the finer touch points, such as knobs and vent pulls. The gauge markings are backlit, day or night. The dashboard LCDs are white, thou...

Vehicle Overview

The  compact five-seat Mazda3 is available as a sedan or four-door hatchback and is available with Mazda's high-efficiency technologies marketed under the SkyActiv name, including an optional engine rated at up to 40 mpg on the highway. It competes with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, to name a few.
New for 2013
Air conditioning is newly standard, and the SkyActiv 2.0-liter four-cylinder now comes on the i Sport sedan in addition to the i Touring and i Grand Touring.

The i Sport, i Touring and i Grand Touring add a USB port and a driver information system.

Exterior
The front bumper was smoothed last year, and although the smiling grille's detailing changed, its size remains the same. Most of the changes to the exterior and underbody were made to improve aerodynamics by 7 percent for both body styles.

When equipped with the optional SkyActiv engine, the Mazda3 has a blue ring around each projector-beam headlight lens, extra badging and a blue engine cover under the hood. Exterior features include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels available
  • Available fog lights
  • Available side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available rear spoiler
  • Available power moonroof

Interior
Interior changes for 2012 included silver trim on the finer touch points, such as knobs and vent pulls. The gauge markings are backlit, day or night. The dashboard LCDs are white, though the performance-oriented Mazdaspeed3 version features red gauge backlighting. The fabric seat upholstery on lower and higher trim levels has different patterns. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Available navigation system with a 5.8-inch touch-screen 
  • Available push-button start

Under the Hood
With the addition of SkyActiv, the Mazda3 now offers three engines. Mechanical features include:

  • Base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 148 horsepower and teams with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission
  • SkyActiv 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder produces 155 hp and teams with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 167 hp and works with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic 
  • Engines use regular gas

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available adaptive headlights

Latest 2013 Mazda3 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Best car I have ever owned

by Paige from Butler , PA on July 17, 2018

This car was the perfect car for me. The first time I drove it I knew it was the one that I wanted. I am very happy that I bought this car. Read full review

(5.0)

Sporty and fun to drive!

by Linda S. from Dayton, OH on July 11, 2018

Excellent choice for me! I'm retired and needed a very reliable vehicle that I can count on. This car by far exceeds my expectations. Safety is covered with features such as roll bars, side impact, ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Mazda Mazda3 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Mazda Mazda3 i SV

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mazda

Program Benefits

At Mazda, everything we do is designed, engineered, tested and retested to make driving better. And our Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are no exception. Each one comes with the confidence to greet every turn, on- ramp and green light with the same driving enthusiasm Mazda owners know so well.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month/12,000- Mile Additional Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Warranty begins on the certified retail date.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Mazda quality inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Mazda3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker