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2016 Mazda Mazda3

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$10,591 — $17,775 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
29-33 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 Mazda Mazda3 exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

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2016 Mazda Mazda3 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
101 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Sporty, practical, quality..best car I’ve owned!!

by Bryman10 from Asheboro, NC on November 23, 2019

Great styling, fun to drive, super reliable and great mileage! High end materials you usually only find in higher end cars! This car has the best of everything and the best mix of style, performance, ... Read full review

(5.0)

Loving My First Car

by AGC -99 from Spring Hill on November 22, 2019

I guess we are now a Mazda family. My dad's first car was Mazda GLC (back in the 80's) He currently owns a CX 5 and Now I own a Mazda 3. Mazda lives up to is name - Zoom Zoom all the way. Great CAR!!!... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Mazda Mazda3 currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

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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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