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2013 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

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$9,534 — $19,422 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Powerful engine
  • Versatile hatchback body style
  • Aluminum pedals

The Bad

  • Controversial styling
  • No all-wheel drive
  • Moonroof not offered
2013 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Mazda MazdaSpeed3
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Sport suspension
  • Functional hood scoop
  • 263-hp turbocharged engine
  • Front-wheel drive

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Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Mazdaspeed3 is the high-performance version of the compact Mazda3. It's powered by a 263-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 280 pounds-feet of torque. Historically one of the best values in performance cars, the Mazdaspeed3 competes with the Volkswagen GTI and Subaru Impreza WRX.
New for 2013
The 18-inch wheels gain a gunmetal finish, and the side mirrors and rear lower valance have a black finish. A USB port now comes standard, and a Technology Package features a touch-screen navigation system, HD Radio, text message playback and voice-activated reply, and Pandora integration.
Exterior
Though the regular Mazda3 comes as a sedan or four-door hatchback, the Mazdaspeed3 is only available as a hatchback. The Speed3 has a smiling grille that's anchored by a lower air dam and flared front fenders. The hood has a wide scoop to funnel air through the car's high-mounted intercooler. Exterior features include:

  • Standard dual tailpipes
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard rear spoiler
  • Unique 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights

Interior
The Mazdaspeed3 shares its overall interior design with the regular Mazda3, but it has red accent stitching on the shift boot, steering wheel and seat fabric. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather- and cloth-trimmed sport seats
  • LED turbo-boost gauge between the speedometer and tachometer
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available 5.8-inch touc...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Mazdaspeed3 is the high-performance version of the compact Mazda3. It's powered by a 263-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 280 pounds-feet of torque. Historically one of the best values in performance cars, the Mazdaspeed3 competes with the Volkswagen GTI and Subaru Impreza WRX.
New for 2013
The 18-inch wheels gain a gunmetal finish, and the side mirrors and rear lower valance have a black finish. A USB port now comes standard, and a Technology Package features a touch-screen navigation system, HD Radio, text message playback and voice-activated reply, and Pandora integration.
Exterior
Though the regular Mazda3 comes as a sedan or four-door hatchback, the Mazdaspeed3 is only available as a hatchback. The Speed3 has a smiling grille that's anchored by a lower air dam and flared front fenders. The hood has a wide scoop to funnel air through the car's high-mounted intercooler. Exterior features include:

  • Standard dual tailpipes
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard rear spoiler
  • Unique 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights

Interior
The Mazdaspeed3 shares its overall interior design with the regular Mazda3, but it has red accent stitching on the shift boot, steering wheel and seat fabric. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather- and cloth-trimmed sport seats
  • LED turbo-boost gauge between the speedometer and tachometer
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available 5.8-inch touch-screen navigation system
  • Available HD Radio

Under the Hood
Front-wheel drive remains the sole driveline, and the car is fitted with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • 263-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine makes 280 pounds-feet of torque
  • Limited-slip differential 
  • Summer tires

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes with brake assist
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Front-seat side-impact and side curtain airbags

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
28 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

12/10

by JSparkles from Indianapolis, In on September 16, 2018

I love this car. I have wanted this car for a while and I test drove some competing cars like the Ford focus and a Subaru hatchback. Neither compare to this wonderful beast. Read full review

(5.0)

More smiles per miles

by Windsorscar from Keene on July 20, 2018

Always wanted to own this car - I have a pristine example of why they are so great! Its the subaru wrx/sti beater! No AWD - so what! I have limited slip front end, pulls hard, never got stuck in snow, ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 has not been tested.

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 MazdaSpeed3 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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