2016 Mazda Mazda3

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$17,845

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2016 Mazda Mazda3
2016 Mazda Mazda3

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

5 trims

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Notable features

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

2016 Mazda Mazda3 review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Saved my life

I owned the 2016 Mazda 3 i sport since 2017; I got it used from Velocity Mazda in Tyler with ~30,000 miles on it. It had always served me well. The only maintenance I did on it were tire replacements, oil changes, and once the motorized lift gate broke and I was unable to open the trunk for a while. The Mazda dealership fixed it pretty quickly. Recently I was in a 3 car accident in which the pickup behind me slammed me into the pickup in front of me. The safety features of this car allowed the front and back to crumple, but the cab was fully intact. This could have been a fatal wreck if the car was not so well designed. Even my service dog in the back seat came out completely unscathed. The car was roomier than the car I had owned before it, and the media system was easy to navigate, with the control panel being easy to reach and use while driving. I would recommend this car to anyone. The only reason I am not buying another one is that I would like to have more cargo space as my needs in life are changing.

5.0

Reliable car and economical

Great car on gas and performance it was a commuter car for me to work and in and around town. The sad thing is my daughter just totaled it she was okay, it saved her life. Now I'm looking for another one at Tasca Ford

5.0

First big purchase

My first car I purchased through a dealer, low mileage, great on gas, super reliable. Extremely affordable for someone who needs a car to get around!

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