2016 Mazda Mazda3

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Mazda Mazda3. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    29-33 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    155-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Responsive highway passing
  • Attractive cabin
  • Seat comfort
  • Many high-tech options
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Strong brakes

The Bad

  • Somewhat firm ride
  • Smallish cabin
  • Cabin storage, cargo space
  • Transmission gearing makes for slow starts
  • Rear seats too low to the floor

Notable Features of the 2016 Mazda Mazda3

  • Backup camera now standard
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Choice of two four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Forward collision warning available

2016 Mazda Mazda3 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The compact five-seat Mazda3 is available as a sedan or four-door hatchback. With either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, it is powered by either of a pair of four-cylinder engines with Mazda’s high-efficiency technology, known as SkyActiv. It competes with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, among others.
New for 2016
A backup camera is now standard.
Significant Standard Features

  • 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Navigation system with 7-inch screen
  • Bose stereo
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Auto-braking feature to help avoid low-speed collisions
Vehicle Overview

The compact five-seat Mazda3 is available as a sedan or four-door hatchback. With either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, it is powered by either of a pair of four-cylinder engines with Mazda’s high-efficiency technology, known as SkyActiv. It competes with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, among others.
New for 2016
A backup camera is now standard.
Significant Standard Features

  • 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Navigation system with 7-inch screen
  • Bose stereo
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Auto-braking feature to help avoid low-speed collisions

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Consumer Reviews

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

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Makes Driving Fun!

by Dee Gee from Phoenix on September 14, 2018

This car gets lots of looks and comments. The controls just make sense. The cruise control is easy to engage. You can also mute the sounds when you pull up to the drive thru with one button. Its got ... Read full review

(4.0)

Amazing car for its class

by Tayhunt from Ocala, FL on August 22, 2018

This car has a great drive and comes with so many options even on the base model. I only gave this vehicle up because our family outgrew it. You sit low so it gives a great sporty feel. I would ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Mazda Mazda3 currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Mazda Mazda3 i Sport

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
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
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
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Mazda
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.

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