2013 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
We bought a used 2013 hatchback with low mileage a few months back. So far, it has proven to be a fantastic little car. I love the performance! When I need it to get up and go, it can really boogie. We live the Colorado mountains, and with a good set of snow tires, this car has been very good at getting around. I also love knowing that I am regularly getting over 35mpg after numerous tanks. I realize that fuel prices and ridiculously low these days, but they will rise again. Count on it.
- great acceleration and handling
- great gas mileage
- good sound system with touch screen interface. It also has a hidden USB port in the center console for an iPod
- interesting headlight feature that rotates the lights towards the turn you are making. This is pretty handy on dark mountain roads.
- awesome seat heaters with 4 settings
Cons: (mostly cosmetic, but I hope Mazda reads these and makes some changes in the future models)
- reduce the lag in the transmission that causes the car to pause briefly when accelerating from a stop
- It would be nice to have a couple of cubby-holes in the center console for extra temporary storage while driving
- modify the in-dash navigation system so that the arrow indicating direction of travel always points up (towards the front of the car), regardless of compass direction.
- modify the aerodynamics so that the back window does not get do wet and dirty during inclement weather.
- add some insulation to lessen the road noise at highway speeds. As it is, you have to crank the stereo just to hear it at higher speeds.
- add a small extension to each sun visor to provide more sun blocking near the rear view mirror. (see a Subaru for an example)
2013 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
I bought my 2013 mazda3 in August of 2013 with just over 500 miles on it. I'm the first owner of this car and I'm just not too impressed with it after putting over 50,000 miles on it so far. Sure, the styling is nice, and the gas mileage is wonderful, but I started having electrical problems with it within the year I bought it and the dealer said they couldn't do anything about it. The ride is pretty rough, and like several other cars I've owned, if someone in the back seat opens a window, it sounds like a helicopter is flying inside of your ears.
2013 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
I recently bought this car used, having searched for a GT with manual transmission. I had bought a 2012 Skyactive GT with auto since the manual was not available. Wow! What a difference the transmission makes. Drivability is greatly improved with such a slick shifter and smooth clutch. It's the best manual I've driven, having previously owned 06 and 09 Mazda 3's with manual. Engine power is modest but made more than bearable due to excellent handling and truly outstanding gas mileage. Add to that a fully functional in-dash touchscreen navigation, blind spot monitoring, keyless entry and ignition, auto wipers, and articulating headlights and you have a great automobile.
High gas mileage
High Fun to drive quotient
I actually wanted a sporty handling car, at least for a compact.
However, I was not prepared for the horrible ride quality the 3 has on anything but perfect roads.
The car feels unstable, the freeway ride is awful with the car tramlining all over the place.
2 dealers told me that's just the way the car rides.
Biggest mistake was buying this car over the Chevy Cruze.
Nice looking car
Better ride needed, way better
No alloys? Come on, Mazda
Worst oem tires I have ever seen