Used 2016 Mazda 3 Sedan

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2016 Mazda 3

Pros

  • Precise handling when going around turns
  • very good fuel economy
  • quick acceleration
  • top crash test scores
  • refined interior with intuitive controls
  • available hatchback body style
  • many advanced features are available.

Cons

  • Above-average wind noise
  • ride quality can be choppy with the optional 18-inch wheels.

Used 2016 Mazda 3 Sedan for Sale

Mazda 3 2016 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
20,511 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Sport
CarMax
3.1 mi away
List$15,998
Est.Loan: $292/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Fleet
Mazda 3 2016 i Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
13,477 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Grand Touring
Auto Member
6.3 mi away
List$17,477
Est.Loan: $318/mo
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Mazda 3 2016 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
30,684 miles
Certified Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$16,175
Est.Loan: $295/mo
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MAZDA FACTORY CERTIFIED 7 YEAR/100,000 MILE WARRANTY - TOURING - AUTOMATIC - MOONROOF/BLIND SPOT MONITORING WITH REAR CROSS TRAFFIC ALERT/TOUCHSCREEN/ADVANCE KEYLESS ENTRY/BACKUP CAMERA/PUSH BUTTON START/AND ALOT MORE - NO HIDDEN RECON FEES - ONE OWNER - CLEAN CARFAX - **Touring upgrades over the sport include: 16' alloy wheels,moonroof, Body-colored dual folding heated power side mirrors, Bright beltline trim Auto on/off headlights, fog lights, Rain-sensing windshield wipers, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, Premium cloth-trimmed sport seats, Leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching, Leather-wrapped parking brake handle with red stitching, Leather-wrapped shift knob with red stitching, Rear-seat center armrest with cupholders, Illuminated driver and front-passenger vanity mirrors** **This Mazda3's safety features includes: Advanced front air bag with seat belt-use and passenger-weight sensors Front side-impact air bags, side-impact air curtains, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, Backup Camera, E911 emergency calling, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert System, and Alot more. Top Safety Pick Plus by IIHS and 5-Star Rated by NHTSA for 2016 safety ratings.** **CPO 12-Month / 12,000 Mile Vehicle Limited Warranty 7-Year / 100,000 Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, 24hr Roadside Assistance, 160-Point Detailed Inspection, Zero Deductible, Special APR available** **At Chantilly Mazda we promise you'll have a great experience. All you add is your state's tax, tags, and processing fee. No other fees and we mean it!! (no reconditioning fees, no dealer prep, no CPO fees, no testing fees). For more information or to schedule a test drive, call (855)423-9049. Buy Happy!**
Mazda 3 2016 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
7,643 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$14,548
Est.Loan: $272/mo
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Mazda 3 2016 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
27,627 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$14,740
Est.Loan: $275/mo
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Mazda 3 2016 i Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
77,973 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$12,683
Est.Loan: $237/mo
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Mazda 3 2016 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
23,493 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
s Grand Touring
(19)
Hersons Kia
18.3 mi away
List$17,991
Est.Loan: $328/mo
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Mazda 3 2016 i Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
22,267 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Grand Touring
MemberCar
18.6 mi away
List$18,981
Est.Loan: $346/mo
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Very Nice MD Inspected 2016 Mazda Mazda3 i Grand Touring Hatchback Loaded With Navigation, Heated Leather Seats, Push Button Start, Sunroof, Bluetooth, Automatic Transmission, AC, Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control, Power Windows and Locks, ABS Brakes, Tilt & Telescoping Steering Wheel, Power Mirrors, Upgraded 265 Watt Bose 10 Speaker Audio System and Much Much More!! This vehicle also comes with a Warranty Standard!!!Why pay Carmax or Franchise Dealer Pricing when you can buy directly from the distributor! Member car has a 30 year history of selling preowned vehicles to dealers wholesale, and is now selling directly to the public!Welcome to MemberCar of Rockville! We are a family owned and operated dealership catering to the DMV area and beyond for over 30 years. We offer tremendous value by pricing our vehicles below market value and offering a truly stress-free purchasing environment. We are very transparent in our purchase process, offering the easiest terms available with every vehicle in stock. Having our own extensive WholesalePurchase Division allows us to purchase mostly Local, One-Owner, Low Mileage, exceptional vehicles directly from the best sources, (Private Owners) instead of auctions. MemberCar has built our reputation upon successful, long-term relationships with our clients. During that time, we have become one of the areas preeminent providers of carefully selected, Maryland Safety Inspected, low mileage, local vehicles. We offer competitive Finance and Extended Warranty options, and we do accept all trade-ins. Our staff looks forward to the opportunity to earn your business, and we thank YOU for your time and consideration.If you just can't seem to find the time to come to us, we are also more than happy to bring a vehicle to your home or place of business!!!Don't take our word for it, check out what our customers are saying.http:www.cars.comdealers193733membercarreviews
Mazda 3 2016 i Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
44,812 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Grand Touring
List$15,000
Est.Loan: $273/mo
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Mazda 3 2016 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
19,925 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$15,500
Est.Loan: $282/mo
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Mazda 3 2016 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
43,303 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
s Grand Touring
List$17,240
Est.Loan: $314/mo
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100% CARFAX guaranteed! 3 Month 3000 Mile MECHANICAL COVERAGE included. CARFAX reports this to be a One Owner Vehicle. This Vehicle is located at our USED CAR Showroom location. Opposite highway of our New Car Showroom on Route 355. Directly next to Harley Davidson. The Used Car Showroom address is: 5708 URBANA PIKE FREDERICK, MD 21704 (301) 663-7001
Mazda 3 2016 i Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
20,658 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Grand Touring
List$15,788
Est.Loan: $288/mo
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$300 Below Market
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CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. Deep Crystal Blue Mica 2016 Mazda Mazda3 i Grand Touring FWD 6-Speed Automatic SKYACTIV�-G 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V Odometer is 7057 miles below market average! 41/30 Highway/City MPG Ourisman Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge of Alexandria ... We make it easy! We start with a GREAT SELECTION of PREMIUM INVENTORY all listed at BELOW MARKET PRICING and continue on to provide a GREAT SERVICE EXPERIENCE throughout the buying process! All of our prices are BASED ON THE RESEARCH of competitive vehicles in our local marketplace -They are ACCURATE and IN-LINE with what you will find through your own research- This helps to avoid a lengthy back-and-forth negotiation process! WE INVITE YOU TO BUY WITH CONFIDENCE!! Home of The Ourisman Buyers Edge $1500 in unexpected extras. A Free Lifetime engine Guarantee, Loaner Cars with major maintenance and a Car Wash with every service!! Price does not include tax, tag, title, processing fee, or dealer installed accessories. Call us at 703-329-1600 and remember our Ourisman Lifetime Edge.
Mazda 3 2016 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
26,087 miles
Certified Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$13,995
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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With this 2016 Mazda3 i Sport Sedan you will find Push Button Start Ignition, Multi-Function Command Center, Steering Wheel Mounted Cruise and Audio Controls, USB and AUX Jacks, 12V Outlet, Intermittent Windshield Wipers, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Adjustable Mirrors, Bluetooth, Keyless Entry, plus much more! And by being a Certified Mazda Pre-Owned you will receive a 7 Year/100,000 Mile Warranty! Swing by or call our sales team at (703) 997-5091 for additional information.
Mazda 3 2016 i Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
13,338 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$16,551
Est.Loan: $302/mo
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Mazda 3 2016 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
32,153 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$15,100
Est.Loan: $275/mo
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$300 Below Market
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MOONROOF & BOSE PACKAGE! 2016 Mazda3 Touring Snowflake White Pearl Mica MAZDA CERTIFIED, ALLOY WHEELS, REAR VIEW CAMERA, PREMIUM AUDIO SYSTEM, POWER WINDOWS & LOCKS, POWER MOONROOF, BLUETOOTH HANDS FREE CALLING, BLIND SPOT MONOTORING SYSTEM, Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment System, Popular Equipment Package, Radio: AM/FM/CD/HD w/Single CD, SiriusXM Satellite Radio(Includes roof-mounted shark fin antenna and 4 month subscription). Touring FWD 6-Speed Automatic SKYACTIV�-G 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V TOTAL CONFIDENCE WITH MAZDA CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED! Koons of Silver Spring is America's fastest growing Pre-Owned Certified Mazda dealer! All Pre-Owned Certified Mazda vehicles come with a 7 year / 100,000 mile warranty which includes 12 months / 12,000 miles COMPREHENSIVE factory coverage! This Pre-Owned Certified Mazda may also qualify for special finance rates with Mazda Financial...please e-mail us or call 301-890-6100 for further details! All prices are plus, tax, tags, and $300 processing fee. Koons of Silver Spring has the BEST selection of pre-owned Mazdas with the MOST competitive pricing in the market! FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE OWNER, ALEX PERDIKIS, DIRECT AT ALEX@KOONSOFSILVERSPRING.COM! Please come see us today at Koons of Silver Spring if you are looking for a new Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, or used car in the Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Columbia, Wheaton, Washington DC, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Silver Spring areas.
Mazda 3 2016 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
39,850 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$12,900
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Mazda 3 2016 i Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
48,133 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$12,900
Est.Loan: $241/mo
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Mazda 3 2016 i Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
45,373 miles
Used 2016
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$12,000
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Are you looking for a small sedan or hatchback that does more than just serve as basic transportation? The versatile 2016 Mazda 3 offers powerful yet fuel-efficient engines, sporty driving dynamics and a comfortable ride. Read more to learn what else makes the 3 one of our top choices.

vehicle overview

If you're shopping for a compact sedan or hatchback these days, you're likely expecting it to be fuel-efficient, reliable, safe, roomy and packed with the latest features and technology. At this price point, a lot of cars can meet these requirements, but only a few can do it and offer an engaging driving experience. The 2016 Mazda 3 happens to be one of the few.

The 2016 Mazda 3 brings a sporty touch to the compact car segment.

It starts with what's under the hood. Both the standard 2.0-liter and upgrade 2.5-liter engines deliver high fuel economy, yet they're also powerful enough to make the Mazda 3 one of the quicker cars in its class. Once you're on the move, you'll find most versions of the 3 ride comfortably, but when the road gets twisty, the 3's carefully tuned, borderline-telepathic steering works in unity with the well-sorted suspension to deliver unrivaled driving dynamics. The Mazda 3 also stands out from the crowd with its extensive list of standard and available features and upscale interior design.

Of course, there are a lot of great choices in the compact car class this year. The similarly sporty 2016 Ford Focus is a solid alternative to the 3, with sedan and hatchback body styles also available in addition to a high-performance ST version. The updated 2016 Honda Civic is roomy and comfortable, while the 2016 Kia Forte offers a wide range of features at an attractive price. But for a car that can do everything well and liven up your day with an entertaining drive, the Mazda 3 stands as the best.

Trim levels & features

The 2016 Mazda 3 is available in four-door sedan and hatchback body styles. Both are available in 3i (2.0-liter four-cylinder) and 3s (2.5-liter four-cylinder) models that are broken into different trims.

The versatile 2016 Mazda 3 is available as a hatchback or sedan with two engine and transmission choices.

The base 3i Sport comes with 16-inch steel wheels, power-folding mirrors, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen display with knob-based controller, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and voice controls. On the entertainment front, there is a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, an auxiliary input, HD radio and smartphone-enabled internet radio. The available Preferred Equipment package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, premium cloth upholstery, a rear-seat armrest, automatic headlights, automatic windshield wipers and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alerts.

The 3i Touring includes all features from the 3i Sport's Preferred Equipment package and adds foglights, a sunroof, a rear lip spoiler (on the sedan), keyless ignition and entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The optional Popular Equipment package adds dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a CD player, satellite radio and a premium nine-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.

The 3i Grand Touring expands upon the Popular Equipment package, adding a six-way power driver seat (with manual lumbar adjustment), heated front seats, leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery and a navigation system.

The 3s Touring takes those features and adds a more powerful engine, 18-inch wheels, a gloss-black grille insert, a digital speedometer, a head-up display and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The 3s Grand Touring completes the lineup with adaptive xenon headlights, LED taillights and daytime running lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and full leather upholstery. The Technology package includes the i-Eloop regenerative braking system, active grille shutters, a forward collision warning and mitigation system, a lane-departure warning system, automatic high-beam headlight control and adaptive cruise control.

2016 Highlights

For the 2016 Mazda 3, the SV trim level has been dropped, so the 3i Sport trim is now the base model. Mazda has also added more standard features this year. A rearview camera is on every Mazda 3, while automatic headlights, automatic wipers and a sunroof are standard on trim levels higher than Sport. A manual transmission is no longer offered on the 3s Touring.

Performance & mpg

The 2016 Mazda 3i models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. It drives the front wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. In Edmunds testing of a Mazda 3i sedan with the automatic transmission, we recorded an 8.3-second 0-60-mph time, which is quicker than average for this class of car.

The EPA's estimated fuel economy is also excellent. The sedan checks in at 34 mpg combined (30 city/41 highway) with the automatic transmission. The sedan with the manual earns just slightly less at 33 mpg combined (29/41), and you can expect similar numbers for the 3i hatchback. On the 116-mile Edmunds.com evaluation route, the 3i hatchback with the manual transmission returned 39.4 mpg.

Mazda 3s models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine generating 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. The 3s Touring comes standard with the six-speed automatic transmission, while the 3s GT comes with the manual standard and has the automatic as an option. A Mazda 3s hatchback achieved a 0-60-mph time of 7.5 seconds, which puts it near the top of its class. With the 2.5-liter engine and the manual transmission, in both the sedan and hatchback, the EPA estimates 29 mpg combined (25/37 for the sedan and 26/35 for the hatch). Paired with the six-speed automatic, the 3s achieves an estimated 32 mpg combined (28/39) in four-door configuration and 31 mpg combined (27/37) as a hatchback.

The available 2.5-liter engine gives the 2016 Mazda 3 a 0-60-mph time of 7.5 seconds, making it one of the quickest compact cars.

Optional for the 3s is the "i-Eloop" system that captures and redistributes braking energy. So equipped, fuel economy rises to 33 mpg combined (29/40) on the sedan and 32 mpg combined (28/39) with the automatic.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2016 Mazda 3 includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, a rearview camera, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. A blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts comes standard on Touring and Grand Touring models. The available Technology package for the 3s Grand Touring includes a lane departure warning system, forward collision warning and Mazda's Smart City Brake Support, which is a forward collision mitigation system that can automatically brake the car to a stop at low speeds if the driver doesn't react to an imminent collision.

In Edmunds testing, a Mazda 3i Grand Touring hatchback came to a stop from 60 mph in 120 feet, while a 3s GT did it in 121 feet. Both are average numbers for the segment.

In government crash testing, the 2016 Mazda 3 received five out of five stars for overall crash protection, with five stars for total frontal crash protection and five stars for total side crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 3 the highest possible rating of "Good" in its moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset crash tests. The 3 also earned a "Good" rating for the side-impact, roof-strength and seats and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests.

Driving

While it sounds a little raspy under hard acceleration, the Mazda 3's base engine is powerful enough to make the 3 one of the quickest cars in its class. But if you're at all passionate about driving, it's going to be tempting to pay a little extra for the 2.5-liter engine. There is a negligible impact to fuel economy, and the bigger engine is even stronger and smoother than the 2.0-liter. No matter which one you pick, the automatic transmission is superb, with quick shifts and rev-matched downshifts.

The 3 has more character than the average economy car and is the driver's choice in this segment. The exceptionally well-tuned steering and suspension encourage the driver to tackle even the tightest corners, and the car's refined and substantial ride quality make it enjoyable for highway travel as well. Equipped with 18-inch wheels and tires, the Mazda 3s models trade some road comfort for handling performance, as the ride can be bumpy and stiff over rough pavement.

Interior

The interior of the 2016 Mazda 3 is one of the best in its class. During our long-term test of a 2014 Mazda 3, the cabin was frequently praised for its intuitive layout and high-quality panels, materials and switches. Certain features, like a head-up display, adaptive headlights and adaptive cruise control are simply not offered in many of the Mazda 3's competitors.

Quality materials in the 2016 Mazda 3 eclipse those of its competitors.

All Mazda 3 trim levels come with a color display mounted atop the dash and a knob-type controller on the center console, much like those found in pricier cars like Audis. Mazda actually goes a step further by making that display a touchscreen. This added level of redundancy helps make this electronics interface easy to figure out and use on a daily basis, although the touchscreen capability is disabled while the vehicle is in motion. Overall, it's one of the better systems out there.

An available hatchback body style increases the 2016 Mazda 3's comparatively small cargo space.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the sporty bolstering nicely complements the car's nimble handling abilities. The rear seats also have some contouring to them, but all-around space is pretty average. Competing sedans like the Toyota Corolla or Volkswagen Jetta offer more room for adults to get comfortable or to install bulky child car seats. The sedan's 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is a bit small for the class. The hatchback, meanwhile, offers 20.2 cubic feet behind its rear seat, while folding the seats yields 47.1 cubic feet. Both are average figures.


Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Excellent crash performance
Ash,09/12/2016
I was hit in the middle of the passenger side by a driver who ran a stop sign, hard enough that I spun 180 degrees and she continued on to hit a house across the street. I estimate she was doing 35-40 mph on a residential street and she never even touched her brakes. The Mazda3 was amazing. 2 days later I have a bruise where the seatbelt crossed my lap and another on my back where I'm assuming the seat supports pressed into me. That's it. No stiffness or soreness, no other injuries. The wreck honestly felt smoother than a bumpy roller coaster ride, although not nearly as fun. And when the air bags deployed, the car used my phone over the Bluetooth connection and called 911 automatically. I really liked my car. It handled well, was comfortable, fun to drive, attractive, and priced right. If the insurance totals mine out, I will be purchasing another Mazda3.
Mazda for Life
John Sannes,10/23/2015
I have previously owned 3 Mazda cars, just sold a 2013 Civic Si. What I really needed was a commuter car, and always liked the previous Mazda3, so I decided to try a new one. It's great. Comfortable on long drives, has a very nice stereo system in the GT (HD radio and XM). The GT has the Active driving display (HUD) which I really like. I'm not a big fan of the basic-basic dash layout, but the dash mounted infotainment screen gives you a lot of info (HD traffic, Nav, Text SMS, etc.,) The HUD also gives you Nav directions. Car does not perform like a Miata, but it is no slouch either. I think that with better tires, you could get some better corner speeds. I love manual transmissions (and one is available), but I get have heavy traffic, and my wife can't drive stick. The shiftable automatic is great. Fuel mileage is very good for the size car it is and uses regular gas. If you are looking for a good all around car the 3 is a great choice; however, I would suggest that you don't skimp and get the bargain basement car hoping to upgrade parts later. Some people who bought lower trim car were unhappy with what they got. I love the GT. UPDATE: 04/26 6,500 miles. I still love the car (don't miss the Civic at all). 33mpg in mixed driving (and not going slow). Everything above is still true. Result? I don't like XM, I like Pandora instead. The problem with the 6-sp auto is that is that unlike a manual trans, you can't always tell what gear you're in by putting your hand on the shifter and when moving through traffic, I will lose count - and be in the wrong gear. Using the paddle shifter negates this. Problem solved. Bluetooth was fixed with a firmware update to the car. Trunk has more room than I anticipated and it's just a very easy car to live with. If only I could afford more than one Mazda at a time. Update 10/31/17: All of the above is still true. I think that the 3 is just as good as any of the competition, and I would buy a Mazda again in a minute.
Great alternative to the Audi A3
Andrew in Marin,03/08/2016
I stopped buying Japanese cars a while ago. Despite the benefits of reliability and fuel efficiency, the Civic, Corolla and Prius were not fun for me to drive. I then tried a BMW 3 series which was a blast to drive but broke down too much and was expensive to fix. The Passat seemed like a good compromise but still had reliability issues and was expensive at the pump. Why am I telling you all of this? The Mazda 3 grand touring Sedan checks all the boxes for me. It's fun to drive (more so in the city than on the highway) It has a great infotainment system (Bose) and the interior reminded me a lot of the Audi A3 that I was testing (for $10k + more). The interior feels upscale, the acceleration is good and the handing is excellent. It feels much like my Miata from the 90's. My one concern is that I am not getting the advertised MPG which is one of the reasons for choosing this car. I am getting a combined of 28 MPG with modest driving. I had expected more like 33 MPG. The dealer says MPG will improve after 5000 miles (I'm only at 750). That seems like a long break-in time. Has anyone else experienced this? Overall, it's a great car.
Great Ride and Handling
Mike Horstein,07/13/2016
The 3s Grand Touring was an easy choice. It rides and handles beautifully. The steering is quick and precise, and the driver's seat is very comfortable. The transmission shifts are crisp, and are very responsive to accelerator pressure. In addition, the audio system is the best I have experienced, no doubt because of the Bose speakers. When stopped temporarily on a hill, you have 2 seconds to move your foot from brake to accelerator before the car begins to roll. The headlights, taking their cue from the steering wheel, swivel to point in the direction you will be going, rather than where the car is pointing. There are, however, a number of annoyances. The electronics (with the exception of closing the driver's window) are disabled when the ignition is turned off. It requires a separate operation to restore the audio. Three distinct operations are needed to select a station, instead of, for example, simply switching between a pair of AM and FM stations. I would have appreciated all four windows, not just the driver's window, operating with one touch. The numbers on the dash cannot be read in sunlight when wearing sunglasses. The blind spot monitoring is mostly an annoyance, forever warning me not to change lanes while I am doing so safely. The reason is that it only measures distance, and has no knowledge of relative speed. While the BSM feature can be disabled, it cannot be decoupled from the cross-traffic alert, a most desirable feature. To deal with this problem, I have attached a pair of blind-spot mirrors to the side-view mirrors, and rely on this combination to make my decisions. While I am satisfied with the 25 mpg (in primarily city driving), the range is a big disappointment. The manual says that the car has a 13.2 gallon tank; however, it functions as if it had only an 11-gallon tank. Both the gas gauge (an inconsistent discrete device) and the range indicator show no miles left when only 11 gallons are required to fill the tank. So I get no more than 225 miles from a tank of gas. I would much prefer the old needle, which was a true indicator of the gas remaining in the tank. Despite these complaints, I would buy the Mazda 3 again, because it is a pleasure to drive.
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Features & Specs

MPG
30 city / 41 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
155 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
30 city / 41 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
155 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
30 city / 41 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
155 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
29 city / 41 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
155 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Find a used Mazda 3 for sale - 8 great deals out of 19 listings starting at $10,142.

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Should I lease or buy a 2016 Mazda 3?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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