2018 Mazda Mazda3 consumer reviews

$18,095–$19,145 MSRP range
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97% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9
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5.0

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.

5.0

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.

4.9

Great to still be shifting gears!

Found this car online while seeking a slightly-used, mid-sized, sporty car with manual tranny. Drove out of town to get it, and it's been worth the trip so far! Sufficient pep makes it fun, while comfortable and well-featured.

5.0

Fun sporty car to drive

The Mazda 3 is a great looking and fun to drive commuter car. It's reliable and economical aswell.as well. This is my second Mazda 3 I had a 2016 Mazda 3 Touring it was totaled in December just bought a 2018 Touring is one is better looking probably due to the rims are nicer than the 2016.

4.6

GT Hatchback was a great choice

Got the 2018 Mazda 3 GT Premium Hatchback with manual trans as the replacement for a 2000 BMW 323i 4 DR sedan (which has become the bad weather/shopping mall car). Selected based on Consumer Reports reliability and other online reviews. I'm 6 ft & it was the only car of this price class that I could sit in comfortably. Back seat is not made for adults. If I sit in back I have to move my knees to the side. Shifts smoother than the BMW. Love all of the safety features (that were included). Definitely fun and handles very well. The hatchback allows me to put larger items in the trunk & greatly reduces the amount of bending to load & unload. Due to pandemic I haven't used it very much. The gear range speed is much narrower than the BMW. The BMW could get to 35 in 1st, and this one screams at 20 in first. Because of the great disparity in features, I need to remind myself which car I'm in. Even the gas caps are on different sides of the two cars. The Mazda is much noisier at highway speed. I feel equally safe driving either car. I don't have the same feeling driving my companions RAV4. The seat isn't comfortable and the handling is not as smooth. I am very satisfied with my decision. Since I keep cars until the turn to junk I did buy the Mazda 10 year extended warranty, which covers everything except normal wear & tear parts like brakes and oil changes at any Mazda dealer in the US, Canada and Mexico.

4.7

Reliable and Fun to drive car.

I bought a new mazda 3 2018, 30 months back and i have driven around 38 K miles and its performance hasn’t deteriorated a bit. Overall it’s a very fun to drive and very reliable car.

4.0

one of the best cars i/ve ever owned

the mazda 3 hatchback is a great car. It was priced right. It rides great,very responsive. Very good on gas and very stylish. I have alot of cargo space and even more if i put one or both rear seats down.I would highly recommend this car !

5.0

My 2nd Mazda!

I loved my older Mazda but wanted to get a newer one. It has even more features and suits my needs nicely. Very pleased with my choice!

5.0

My baby zoom, zooms!!

LOVE THIS CAR! Bought new basic Mazda3 Sport Hatch (got totaled when tree fell on it in storm). Missed her so terribly that I bought a used Touring w/18K miles, which I love even more! Favs include heated seats, classy interior, alloy wheels, etc. Manual soooo much fun to drive w/ great control in snow! Highly recommend this car to anyone who loves to zoom, zoom!!

5.0

Super fun to drive!

I truly love this car. It has a great quality/price ratio: it feels like a luxury car with all extras at a very moderate price.