2013 Mazda Mazda 3
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Great Little Car

by from Fairfax, VA on June 9, 2014

Needed a car for my daughter to learn to drive. Had to be a manual transmission, inspire confidence when driving, safe, and reliable. Compared and test drove all the usual suspects (Civic, Corolla, Je...
Needed a car for my daughter to learn to drive. Had to be a manual transmission, inspire confidence when driving, safe, and reliable. Compared and test drove all the usual suspects (Civic, Corolla, Jetta, Mazda 3) and bought the Mazda. Everyone values different things about cars so here are the criteria I used (in order) and comments on each car for them. I didn't consider features (all can be spec'd out to have what you want), price (all are similarly priced after aggressive negotiation), and all are safe and reliable. 1. Handling - Mazda: very crisp, responsive, and stable - Jetta: solid, German-style handling, firm - Civic : not as balanced as they used to be, more towards comfort that handling - Corolla: squishy, soft, flaccid 2. Performance - Mazda: best engine/transmission combo by far - Civic: best clutch, silky smooth - Jetta: best engine, strong throughout - Corolla: meh all around 3. Styling/ergonomics - Mazda: polarizing exterior (I like it), quality interior materials, and very comfortable - Toyota: boring exterior, best interior design, seats OK - Civic: handsome exterior, weird interior and cheap materials Jetta: totally anonymous exterior, very cheap interior materials Conclusion: - Mazda: best combo of handling, performance, efficiency, and design with quality materials and construction - Civic: did not buy mostly because of the build quality, handling biased toward comfort, and average performance - Jetta : did not buy because of the build quality, cheap interior materials, boring style - Corolla: did not buy because of the poor handling, weak engine, mediocre transmission, and really boring design In the end, the Mazda offered the best combination of what I valued. Over the first month of ownership, it has not disappointed. Solid, stable, decent performance, excellent handling, and terrific fuel economy. For context, our family car is a Honda Odyssey so I was biased toward Hondas but the Civic didn't quite cut it. (the Odyssey is a far superior Honda vehicle) . My car is a BMW 3 series and the Mazda was the closest to it in terms of handling, performance, and stability. If you value comfort and mainstream design over performance and style, the Mazda might not be your first choice but it was mine by a mile.
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2013 Mazda 3i Touring Hatchback

by from Dallas, TX on May 5, 2013

Quiet, comfortable ride. The original equipment Bridgestone Turanzas are slugs-take your foot off the gas and the car stops dead. The manufacturer's recommendation is to inflate to 36 psi. I have them...
Quiet, comfortable ride. The original equipment Bridgestone Turanzas are slugs-take your foot off the gas and the car stops dead. The manufacturer's recommendation is to inflate to 36 psi. I have them inflated to 39 psi and it's much better. Thinking about going to 40 psi. However, at 39 psi the handling is great. I've gone about 1400 miles and I'm getting 33 mpg in town and 38 on the highway (EPA rating is 27 and 39). The trunk is much smaller than I anticipated. (My last car was a 2002 Acura RSX and the trunk was huge!). Very narrow back window and it's even further restricted by the 3rd brake light, which is right in the center, at the top. I wish they would go back to a regular key, instead of a "proximity key" that you keep in your pocket. There are about 80 pages of instructions as to how to use the key-which I hope to finally finish reading by the time I sell the car 10 years from now. I also have to go back to the book to figure out all the intricacies of the heating and cooling systems. Fit and finish is very good. Very few squeaks and no rattles. Doors close with a reassuring "thunk." Seems like a well put together vehicle. Overall, I'm pleased, so far.
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Very fun car for the money

by from Memphis, Tennessee on May 20, 2015

My job situation required me to downgrade from a two year old Camaro SS to something cheaper with good gas mileage. I bought a new manual trans Honda Civic and it was OK but seemed unstable on the hig...
My job situation required me to downgrade from a two year old Camaro SS to something cheaper with good gas mileage. I bought a new manual trans Honda Civic and it was OK but seemed unstable on the highway and had basically no pickup. After about a year, I saw a friend of mine driving a Mazda 3 and I decided to go test drive one. What a huge difference from the Civic. Traction control, wider tires, much better pickup, smooth manual 6 speed, much funner car to drive. The Civic had a far better entertainment system than my Mazda, but the Mazda also has a USB port and it does the job well enough. Having the Camaro spoiled me as far as speed and pickup goes but the Mazda does a great job for a 150 HP engine. Not much torque but the 6 speed manual trans allows you to pull ahead when you need to gun it for whatever reason. The Honda could NOT do that at all. Trunk space is large and the back seat is plenty big for my kids. I drive almost all city and the gas mileage readout after a year tells me that the average is 32 mpg, exactly like my Honda said after a year. If you need an inexpensive car with good pickup, a very stable ride, and great gas mileage, you cant go wrong with the Mazda 3. I can definitely see why they say, zoom zoom.
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Best car ever ...

by from Valparaiso In on January 10, 2014

Purchased my 2013 Mazda 3 about 9 months ago. My average gas Millage is 38 50/50 city and hwy . Great in the snow . Easy Bluetooth , radio great . I stream my music through the Bose system , Sounds gr...
Purchased my 2013 Mazda 3 about 9 months ago. My average gas Millage is 38 50/50 city and hwy . Great in the snow . Easy Bluetooth , radio great . I stream my music through the Bose system , Sounds great. Comfy seats , heated . Large trunk space.
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Great Car

by from STL on May 14, 2014

My only complain with this car is the steering wheel. With that said, it's a really great car! My recommendation is to test drive this car if you are thinking to buy. The wheel has a few uncomfortable...
My only complain with this car is the steering wheel. With that said, it's a really great car! My recommendation is to test drive this car if you are thinking to buy. The wheel has a few uncomfortable edges on it, but it may just be my driving style. As I knew when I was purchasing this car, it has a sporty ride. It corners well, but it has to compromise ride comfort a bit.
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I LOVE MY CAR

by from pALM sPRINGS, ca on October 5, 2014

I HAVE A 2013 MAZDA 3 COUPE WITH 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANS AND SKY ACTIVE.. I HAVE THE MID RANGE SPORT TRIM. I LOVE MY CAR. GREAT GAS MILEAGE AND FUN TO DRIVE.
I HAVE A 2013 MAZDA 3 COUPE WITH 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANS AND SKY ACTIVE.. I HAVE THE MID RANGE SPORT TRIM. I LOVE MY CAR. GREAT GAS MILEAGE AND FUN TO DRIVE.
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Reliable, nimble, and efficient

by from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2017

Runs clean, the maintenance is minimal and inexpensive. The vehicle itself looks very sharp and it hasn't given me any trouble after 70k miles. Great economical vehicle that doesn't skimp on performan...
Runs clean, the maintenance is minimal and inexpensive. The vehicle itself looks very sharp and it hasn't given me any trouble after 70k miles. Great economical vehicle that doesn't skimp on performance.
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Cutter Mazda Honolulu

by from Honolulu on August 18, 2014

I love this car! Test drove at least 10 other cars before I finally got to drive the Mazda 3 Matt from cutter Mazda in Honolulu is not your typical car salesmen. If you ever want to test drive a car a...
I love this car! Test drove at least 10 other cars before I finally got to drive the Mazda 3 Matt from cutter Mazda in Honolulu is not your typical car salesmen. If you ever want to test drive a car and you don't want some pushy car salesmen ask for Matt!! He was super patient and helpful 5 stars!!!
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Our 4th purchase

by from Waterbury, Ct. on June 25, 2014

This is a great car easy to handle. And I know this will last us a long time. Our first was the Mazda 626 then the Protege and then a MazdaMPV. All from Modern Motors of Thomaston Ct..
This is a great car easy to handle. And I know this will last us a long time. Our first was the Mazda 626 then the Protege and then a MazdaMPV. All from Modern Motors of Thomaston Ct..
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skyactiv ftw

by from boulder, co on October 22, 2016

i only have to put gas in my car about every 2 weeks, typically in the 350-400 miles per tank range. if i highway it only, i can get just over 500 miles on a tank. when traveling cross country, say ...
i only have to put gas in my car about every 2 weeks, typically in the 350-400 miles per tank range. if i highway it only, i can get just over 500 miles on a tank. when traveling cross country, say from IN to CO, where the speed limits go up to 75 mph thru NE for hours, i average 36.5 mpg. when driven conservatively, skyactiv motors produce fuel economy that renders diesel motors obsolete in every way. best shifter besides the one in my old RSX-S. some trouble shifting into 1st at times, a double clutch solves that. weird blip when tapping the throttle between 2nd and 3rd. shifts are instant snicks otherwise. approaching 60k, this car has needed nothing but every 5-7k oil changes and has been the first car i've had that is worth more than it's actual value. looks and drives the same as the day i bought it. new tires from stock at 50k. no new anything besides that yet, with around 40% of original brake pads remaining at 53k. hatch has a near 50/50 weight distribution and it is noticeable in just about every movement this car makes. so easy and fun to drive despite the rev limiter kicking in about 1000 rpm too early. buy one and you won't be dissatisfied. this motor is the same as in the current miata and every other $30k+ mazda, so spend $15-$20k on the same tech as in a $50k CX9!!!
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