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2018 Mazda Mazda3

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$18,095 — $23,895 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
28-31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2018 Mazda Mazda3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Mazda Mazda3
  • 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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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

New for 2018

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

What drivers are saying

4.8
127 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Very fun to drive!

by Anita R from Kansas on December 13, 2018

This car is luxury and sportiness all in one. It's fast and responsive yet very comfortable. A lot of car for the money. This is the car I have always wanted! Read full review

(5.0)

Great car for the price.

by Donb from Qualicum beach, B.C. on December 13, 2018

Having owned a 2013 gs for 5 years without a hiccup, I didn't think twice about upgrading to a new gt model, you can't beat the quality and maintenance cost at this price point. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Mazda Mazda3 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Mazda Mazda3 Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

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
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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.*

Latch or Latch system

B

Infant seat

C

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

C

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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