2018 Mazda Mazda3

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

180.3” x 57.3”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Steering and handling
  • Acceleration with 2.5-liter engine
  • Well-equipped base model
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Smooth-shifting manual transmission

The bad:

  • Busy ride
  • Small backseat
  • Small trunk (sedan)
  • No Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Gets expensive with options
  • So-so gas mileage

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Smart City Brake Support now standard
  • 2.0- or 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Offered as a sedan or hatchback
  • Standard 7-inch multimedia screen
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2018 Mazda Mazda3 review: Our expert's take

What it is: The Mazda3 comes as a compact sedan and hatchback with a choice of four-cylinder engines: a 155-horsepower 2.0-liter and a 184-hp 2.5-liter. Both engines are available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Honda Civic.

The base Sport trim level gains Smart City Brake Support automatic emergency braking. LED headlights, taillights and running lights are now included on the Grand Touring trim.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


xxxxxxand Con’s

I bought my Mazda 3 new in 2018. I am now moving on after only putting 17,000 miles on it. At the time, I bought it not looking for a Mazda at all. However, when I saw it, and the price was right, I said what the xxxx. Well, for me, it was ok at best. The car is way too rigid for my liking. I felt every single little road imperfection there was. It also made a super irritating rattling type noice when hitting said imperfections. It was louder than I thought on the highway and the power is mediocre. When you’re up to speed, it rides smooth and steady. But getting up to speed can be challenging. Also at times there seemed to be a lag or a sudden spike in rpm’s when on secondary roads. But, if you like a small, sporty car that has excellent handling, then this car fits the bill. I’m also 6’0” and it was pretty tough getting in and out. The build quality and style are definite pro’s. But I’m done with 4 cylinder engines. On to a 6 for me!


Was supposed to be for my daughter...

but I loved this 2018 Mazda 3 HB so much, I kept it for myself! We needed a hatchback with good mileage & reasonable insurance rates for our college bound daughter. We drove just about every low - mid range hatchback out there: Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra GT, VW Golf etc. The Mazda 3 was not even on our radar. We just happened to see one at a car lot while test driving a Honda Fit. We really liked the look, so we took it for a spin. It was fabulous! Now to be clear, I'm NOT your typical small car guy. I've been driving a Suburban & Ford Flex Limited for the past 20 years. But this little car blew me away. Much more comfortable than any of the others we'd driven. It seemed to have more power/speed. It handled like a dream. The brakes were super. The interior was so much nicer than the others & it was loaded with option like heated seats, BLIS, power leather driver seat, moonroof, back up cam, navigation and a crisp & loud Bose sound system. The road noise was minimal. We bought it on the spot & plan to buy another one - for her -soon. Absolutely love this car. I didn't care for the radio controls (by shifter) at first - but now I don't think I'd have it any other way. Just a great little car! Averaging 32mpg combined.


One of the best overall car's I've owned.

I have never had such a perfect car. Mazda knew what they were doing designing this car. The interior is beautiful and the styling of the outside is sharp and stands out on the road. My only complaint about the vehicle is I wish the steering wheel came out like one more inch. It's not huge I can deal with it but since I'm 6'1 I have the seat all the way back and down. Besides that, this is as close as they come to a perfect car. Very reliable and fast, which is very hard to find in a vehicle of this class. Also a huge thanks to Mazda for not putting CVT's in your vehicles. I love the 6-speed automatic it works just fine and I have peace of mind that it's not going to have issues 35k miles into ownership.

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Based on the 2018 Mazda Mazda3 base trim.
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New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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