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2020 Mazda Mazda3

2020 Mazda Mazda3

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$21,500 — $28,900 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
27-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Sharp handling
  • Steering feedback
  • Interior quality
  • Manual transmission still available

The Bad

  • Narrow driver’s seat
  • Small backseat
  • Multimedia system interface
  • Rivals offer better gas mileage
  • All-wheel drive lowers gas mileage
2020 Mazda Mazda3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Mazda Mazda3
  • More standard active safety features
  • Five-seat compact sedan or hatchback
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 186-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • 8.8-inch dashboard display
  • Manual transmission available

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2020 Mazda Mazda3 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

We take the 2020 Mazda Mazda3 Hatch AWD with the Premium Package for a test drive and check out the interior, exterior, and trunk space.

By Cars.com

Most significant changes: Base sedan adds several standard safety features, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers

Price change: Base sedan is $500 higher; prices up $100 or unchanged on other models; destination charge remains $920

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? The 2020. Price increases are modest or nonexistent, and the base sedan adds safety features that previously weren’t available.

Mazda redesigned its compact sedan and hatchback line for 2019, and it adds several standard safety features to the base sedan for 2020.

Related: 2019 Mazda3: 10 Things We Like (and 7 Not So Much)

Among the newly standard features are a driver attention warning, which nudges the driver with visual and sound alerts when it detects driver fatigue or decreased attentiveness; automatic emergency front braking; adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go; and lane departure warning and lane keep assist. An automatic on-off feature for the headlights and rain-sensing wipers also are new standard features.

None of those features was available for 2019 on the base sedan (though they were standard on the others), whose starting price rises $500 to $22,420 with destination. Prices on other models are up by $100 or remain unchanged.

The Mazda3 is more sporting than most compact cars and offers a wider range of models than several competitors. In addition to sedan and hatchback body styles, the Mazda3 offers a choice of front- or all-wheel drive on both (AWD adds $1,400). A six-speed...

Most significant changes: Base sedan adds several standard safety features, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers

Price change: Base sedan is $500 higher; prices up $100 or unchanged on other models; destination charge remains $920

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? The 2020. Price increases are modest or nonexistent, and the base sedan adds safety features that previously weren’t available.

Mazda redesigned its compact sedan and hatchback line for 2019, and it adds several standard safety features to the base sedan for 2020.

Related: 2019 Mazda3: 10 Things We Like (and 7 Not So Much)

Among the newly standard features are a driver attention warning, which nudges the driver with visual and sound alerts when it detects driver fatigue or decreased attentiveness; automatic emergency front braking; adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go; and lane departure warning and lane keep assist. An automatic on-off feature for the headlights and rain-sensing wipers also are new standard features.

None of those features was available for 2019 on the base sedan (though they were standard on the others), whose starting price rises $500 to $22,420 with destination. Prices on other models are up by $100 or remain unchanged.

The Mazda3 is more sporting than most compact cars and offers a wider range of models than several competitors. In addition to sedan and hatchback body styles, the Mazda3 offers a choice of front- or all-wheel drive on both (AWD adds $1,400). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models, and a six-speed manual is a no-cost option on the Premium trim of the hatchback. All models come with a 186-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Compared to most compact cars, all Mazda3 models can be described as “premium.” Prices start at more than $22,000 (including destination) and top out at nearly $30,000 for a Premium AWD hatchback. If there’s good news, it’s that prices can’t go much higher because the only factory options are metallic and mica paint. Mazda packages the trim levels — base, Select, Preferred and Premium — on an escalating scale of features and prices with no leeway to add individual options or option groups.

The Mazda3 has decent acceleration, competent handling and strong brakes, as well as high-quality interior furnishings, but it also has several shortcomings. They include so-so gas mileage, a cramped interior and an 8.8-inch multimedia screen operated by a console-mounted controller instead of by touch, a step backward from the previous-generation Mazda3. The hatchback also has massive rear pillars and a tiny rear window that severely restrict the driver’s view.

Though the Mazda3 appeals for its styling and performance, other compact cars are available at lower prices, and Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen provide longer warranties — and arguably greater value.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
24 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Safe, Reliable, Elegant

by Mazda_Owner from Lancaster PA on November 1, 2020

It may be soon to review as I just purchased my vehicle. Mr first Mazda and no complaints so far. Reliable vehicle with plenty of safety features. Excellent gas mileage and phenomenal cornering. Very ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great Car!!

by JM from Edmond, OK on September 29, 2020

The attention to driver comfort and safety features in the car are second to none at this price point. I have been buying cars for 30 years and I have never seen a better styled or feature equipped ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Mazda Mazda3 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Mazda Mazda3 Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
5 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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.
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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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