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Mazda MAZDA3 Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

5 star
bf2099 writes:
Awesome performance and practicality!

My little car does pretty much all I need. It has carried 5 on a weekend trip to a beach house with all our stuff. It has enough power that I can safely merge onto the interstate with traffic at 60-70mph, and the reliability has been incredible. I've driven it just under 90,000 miles with no problems other than maintenance items. I do need to put on front struts (one is leaking a bit) but that's not bad for 8 years and all those miles. It's also fun; it handles better and feels better on the road than any other FWD car I've driven.

5 star
borat.hermano writes:
Excellent car

we like the equipment level, the fact that you get a lot for the money and that is it fun to drive. The car is very well made and the manual shifter is very precise. Overall it is a great car - this is our second Mazda 3 as we had a 2010 before this one.

5 star
MazdaDriver96 writes:
Love it.

See item 6 above. A car should reflect one's personality and this car does that for me. Also love the fact it is available with a traditional manual transmission which is very rare in North America now.

4 star
MazdaDriver435 writes:
pragmatic

I like that it has plenty of space since I have moved a lot while owning this car. It's not a smooth ride at all in this car, though, and it sits really low to the ground. I think this is something that makes the car affordable, but I think next time I buy a car I'll pay more attention to how smooth the ride is.

5 star
MazdaDriver451 writes:
I love it

Excellent gas mileage, good engine, top in safety, relatively inexpensive, drives very well, comfortable not a lot of leg room in the back seat

Pricing Trends

The average LemonFree listing price for a Mazda MAZDA3 in California:
  • 2014 $22,671
  • 2013 $16,319
  • 2012 $14,302
  • 2011 $14,893
  • 2010 $13,930

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Safety

2013 Mazda MAZDA3

Overall
Overall Front Crash
Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Overall Side Crash
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side
Rollover
Side Pole Crash

2012 Mazda MAZDA3

Overall
Overall Front Crash
Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Overall Side Crash
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side
Rollover
Side Pole Crash

2011 Mazda MAZDA3

Overall
Overall Front Crash
Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Overall Side Crash
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side
Rollover
Side Pole Crash

2010 Mazda MAZDA3

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side

2009 Mazda MAZDA3

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side

Recall Notices

2016 Mazda MAZDA3 (6/22/2017)

Campaign Number: 17V393000
Component Name: PARKING BRAKE
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2014-2015 Mazda6 and 2014-2016 Mazda3 vehicles. Water could possibly enter the brake caliper causing the parking brake actuator shaft to corrode and possibly bind.
Defect: If the parking brake actuator shaft binds, the parking brake may not engage or disengage fully. If the parking brake does not engage properly, the vehicle may move unexpectedly if it is parked on a slope, increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will check the parking brake actuator shafts, replacing any that are corroded, free of charge. Remedy parts are currently unavailable. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed August 24, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1217F.

2015 Mazda MAZDA3 (6/22/2017)

Campaign Number: 17V393000
Component Name: PARKING BRAKE
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2014-2015 Mazda6 and 2014-2016 Mazda3 vehicles. Water could possibly enter the brake caliper causing the parking brake actuator shaft to corrode and possibly bind.
Defect: If the parking brake actuator shaft binds, the parking brake may not engage or disengage fully. If the parking brake does not engage properly, the vehicle may move unexpectedly if it is parked on a slope, increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will check the parking brake actuator shafts, replacing any that are corroded, free of charge. Remedy parts are currently unavailable. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed August 24, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1217F.

2014 Mazda MAZDA3 (6/22/2017)

Campaign Number: 17V393000
Component Name: PARKING BRAKE
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2014-2015 Mazda6 and 2014-2016 Mazda3 vehicles. Water could possibly enter the brake caliper causing the parking brake actuator shaft to corrode and possibly bind.
Defect: If the parking brake actuator shaft binds, the parking brake may not engage or disengage fully. If the parking brake does not engage properly, the vehicle may move unexpectedly if it is parked on a slope, increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will check the parking brake actuator shafts, replacing any that are corroded, free of charge. Remedy parts are currently unavailable. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed August 24, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1217F.

2011 Mazda MAZDA3 (2/9/2017)

Campaign Number: 17V082000
Component Name: SEATS
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2011 Mazda2 and 2010-2011 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles equipped with a manual seat lifter. In the affected vehicles, the seat height adjustment lifter links may break or detach from the seat frame and the seat angle may incline causing the driver to not be able to maintain an appropriate driving position.
Defect: If the driver cannot maintain an appropriate driving position, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat lifter links and install a reinforcement bracket to the lifter links, or replace the entire seat adjuster unit, free of charge. The recall began April 7, 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0917B.

2010 Mazda MAZDA3 (2/9/2017)

Campaign Number: 17V082000
Component Name: SEATS
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2011 Mazda2 and 2010-2011 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles equipped with a manual seat lifter. In the affected vehicles, the seat height adjustment lifter links may break or detach from the seat frame and the seat angle may incline causing the driver to not be able to maintain an appropriate driving position.
Defect: If the driver cannot maintain an appropriate driving position, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat lifter links and install a reinforcement bracket to the lifter links, or replace the entire seat adjuster unit, free of charge. The recall began April 7, 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0917B.