2018 Mazda 3

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2018 Mazda 3
Save up to $3,365
MSRP range
$18,095 - $24,195

What’s new

  • 2.5-liter engine now standard on Touring trim
  • Minor revisions to feature availability
  • Part of the third Mazda 3 generation introduced for 2014

Pros

  • Sporty and confidence-inspiring performance
  • Some high-end features are unique to this class
  • Top crash test scores
  • Interior quality exceeds expectations

Cons

  • Cargo capacity isn't as large as the class leaders
  • Ride quality can be a little stiff with optional 18-inch wheels
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Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Mazda 3.

My 4th 3
Doctor J, 12/28/2017
My wife and I are sold on Mazdas. She has a 2017 CX5 and I just purchased a 2018 3 Grand Touring with 6 speed manual. They are designed well, good workmanship, up to date electronics, and very reliable. The 6 speed manual is great fun, an easy and tight throw to the shifting and very responsive in every gear. On highway trip yesterday got 37.1 mpg.
2018 mazda3 sport Excellent car.
Wstraube, 6/10/2018
2018 mazda3 sport with PREFERRED EQUIPMENT PACKAGE $1,000 16-inch Alloy wheels Bright beltline trim Heated body-color dual power doormirrors w/ turn signal lamps Premium cloth-trimmed sport seats Rear seat armrest w/ cupholders Auto On/Off headlights Rain sensing windshield wipers Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring14 with Rear Cross Traffic Alert15 With rebates and dealer sale price just under $20k out the door. We purchased this car for our daughter who is starting to drive in the next few months. I know new car for a teenager! I felt the same way, but we looked at late model used cars and what you got for $10k-12k was not worth it. Four year old Chevy Cruze with 65k miles for 10k. No warranty no history. Real crap shoot. In my opinion most people who buy inexpensive small cars can’t afford much and don’t do the routine maintenance. By the time you put tires, brakes and change all the fluids etc. you are close to what something new would cost. The dealer we purchased the car from is my wife’s Mercedes dealer and we really like them. So we had history with them and that was another deciding factor. Other cars in this category were more expensive, Kia, Cruze, Honda and Toyota. All over 20k before tax and title. All except the Ford Focus. They are closing them out and the SE was just over 15k. We did a test drive and I got to tell you what a cheep car the focus is! Just inside and out no comparison to the Mazda. It’s not surprising that ford is going to stop making cars and move towards trucks / SUV’s. I think you can tell a lot about a car company by how much effort they put into their small cars and the focus seems like ford needed a car for this category and didn’t put much effort into it. At retail of 22k there is no way you would buy this over the others. Even the Chevy Cruze is a better car and I’m not a GM fan. The only way I see ford selling these cars is to heavily discount them. First impression of the Mazda3 is how nice it is inside. For the Botton of the line “sport” it doesn’t feel cheep. Again compared to the ford, wow. It’s amazing how these small car have evolved. Just all the small touches, all the safety features, airbags, backup camera, Smart City Brake (very important for new drivers), blind spot warning. Push button start, temperature gage, two trip computers, auto lights and wipers, cruise control, A/C, locking gas cap, mpg computer, etc. In the old days bottom of the line cars didn’t come with any of these features. You didn’t get A/C or an automatic transmission. Now it’s all pretty standard. With the smaller 155 HP motor this car has plenty of pep. With three of us in the car and the A/C on it had plenty of passing power on two lane highways. It even has a “sport”mode that I haven’t tried yet. So far we are very impressed with this car. We got the mica blue with the aluminum wheels. Beautiful little car. I think Mazda make some of the most beautiful cars and suvs out there. Toyota’s have gotten so bizarre looking these past few years. There was a red mazda6 on the lot with a black and cream interior for $30k. Just a beautiful car. Looks like a much more expensive car. Much better looking than the Mercedes on the same lot for $20k less. If Mazda can make their “cheep”car this nice I’m sure their other higher models are excellent. I think Mazda is doing a complete model change on the 3 in 2019 so I’m guessing why we got this under $20k. I know other cars in this class rate higher but this car is worth a look at if you are in the market for a $20k-22k car.
Rented for four weeks
Deedee, 7/8/2018
Out of the dozen cars I rented over the years I found this to be a Car I am interested in buying now. It was enjoyable to drive, good on gas and comfortable.
My fun driver car
Paul Oldakowski, 7/24/2018
I have a 2012 -3 and it is the best handling car I have ever driven. When I buy a newer one it will have the 2.5 so I can clean the clocks on a winding road. I love my 3 sedan and will buy another.
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2018 Mazda 3 video

CARLOS LAGO: I'm Edmunds senior writer Carlos Lago, and this is a rundown of the features you'll find on the 2018 Mazda 3. The Mazda 3 is a compact sedan or hatchback that's one of our favorites, due to its classy interior and highly enjoyable personality. Of the three trims, the Touring provides the best mix of features, along with the bigger 2 and 1/2 liter engine. The less expensive Sport trim comes with a good amount of infotainment features and forward collision warning, but it's otherwise pretty basic. The sedan is eligible for the optional preferred equipment package that adds alloy wheels, automatic headlights, blindspot monitoring, and upgraded upholstery, among other features. If you can afford it the Grand Touring opens up the door to leather, navigation, sunroof, and advanced safety technology. We love the look and functionality of the hatchback, but while the 3 has plenty of space, it's cargo area is a little smaller and not as clever as some competitors'. Rear headroom isn't as generous and might be insufficient for taller passengers. A good amount of foot space underneath the front seats helps maximize available leg room in the back. The standard six speed manual shifts nicely and provides some driver engagement. A six speed automatic is optional. The navigation is easy to operate on the fly, while the available Bose audio system sounds great with audio that stays clean regardless of how high you crank it up. The best part of the Mazda 3 could very well be its interior. Controls are easy to use and allow you to focus on driving, and there's ample room up front for people of all sizes. Mazda 3's top competitors include Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Kia Forte. The bottom line? In the competitive, budget-conscious compact sedan and hatchback class, the 2018 Mazda 3 is a rarity, for exceeding expectations and delivering far more than its price would suggest.

2018 Mazda 3 Features Rundown

The 2018 Mazda 3 is one of our top picks in the class for its fun-to-drive persona and classy interior. It may come up short in a few categories on paper, but in the real world it's more than capable and definitely worth your attention. In this video, we highlight the key features that matter most. From mpg, interior space and technology to design and comfort - these pros and cons will help steer you toward a perfect car.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$19,145
MPG
28 city / 37 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
155 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$21,140
MPG
27 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
184 hp @ 5700 rpm
MSRP
$24,195
MPG
27 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
184 hp @ 5700 rpm
MSRP
$20,090
MPG
25 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
184 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 3 safety features:

Smart Brake Support
Warns if a front collision is deemed imminent and automatically applies the brakes if you don't react in time.
Lane Keep Assist
Alerts the driver if the car begins to drift out of its lane and performs steering corrections if the driver does not.
Advanced Blind-Spot Monitoring
Alerts the driver if a vehicle is approaching or lurking in your blind spot and chimes if you signal for a lane change in that direction.

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

Mazda 3 vs. the competition

2018 Mazda 3

2018 Mazda 3

2018 Mazda 6

2018 Mazda 6

Mazda 3 vs. Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 is Mazda's larger midsize sedan. Compared to the Mazda 3, it has a more powerful engine and more legroom for rear-seat passengers. Both cars share upscale interiors, especially in higher trim levels. The Mazda 6 is more expensive, but it's a great alternative if you like the Mazda 3 but need more room.

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Mazda 3 vs. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is an excellent small car. It's available as a hatchback, sedan or even a coupe. The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine on higher trim levels is both fuel-efficient and powerful, and the Civic challenges the Mazda 3 in terms of driving engagement. In sportier Si guise, the Civic makes a great driver's car that's also practical. We gave the Civic 4.5 stars.

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Mazda 3 vs. Mazda CX-3

The CX-3 is a small crossover SUV that shares some mechanical similarities with the Mazda 3. While it offers more cargo space than the 3 sedan, it's actually less accommodating than the Mazda 3 hatchback. It's also a little slower to accelerate than the Mazda 3, but it does offer a more commanding view of the road and optional all-wheel drive. We gave it 4 stars.

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2018 Mazda 3 for Sale

Mazda 3 2018 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
New 2018
Mazda 3
Grand Touring
Edmunds Suggested Price$23,680
Est.Loan: $478/mo
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MSRP: $27,565

Mazda 3 2018 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
New 2018
Mazda 3
Grand Touring
Edmunds Suggested Price$23,331
Est.Loan: $472/mo
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MSRP: $26,990

Mazda 3 2018 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
New 2018
Mazda 3
Grand Touring
Edmunds Suggested Price$23,653
Est.Loan: $478/mo
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MSRP: $27,440

More about the 2018 Mazda 3

The 2018 Mazda 3 is available as either a four-door sedan or four-door hatchback. Both come in three trim levels.

Standard feature highlights for the base Sport include 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation, emergency telematics and a six-speaker stereo with HD radio, streaming internet radio apps, two USB ports and auxiliary input. The hatchback gets upgraded with alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.

The Mazda 3 Touring trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, heated mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, a power driver seat and heated front seats.

The top Grand Touring model gains LED headlights, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a Bose surround-sound system and satellite radio. The Premium Equipment package adds adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, a heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a navigation system, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation for higher speeds, and a traffic sign reader.

The Sport trim is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 155 hp. The Touring and Grand Touring models get a 2.5-liter engine that produces 184 hp. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional.

In terms of price, the 2018 Mazda 3 is right in line with its primary competitors that include the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf. The Mazda gets an edge, however, for its more generous features list, engaging driving dynamics, upscale interior and excellent infotainment system. These all contribute to the Mazda 3 remaining as one of our favorites in the class. Use all of Edmunds' tools and services to find the right one for you.

2018 Mazda 3 Overview

The 2018 Mazda 3 is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M), and Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2018 Mazda 3?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Mazda 3 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 3 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 3.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Mazda 3 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 3 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2018 Mazda 3?
2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,085. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,290 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is13.1% below the MSRP.

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2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,030. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,365 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,365 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,665.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is15.3% below the MSRP.

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2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,035. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,142 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,142 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,893.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is15.7% below the MSRP.

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2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

The 2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,635. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M) is trending $3,167 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,167 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,468.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M) is12.4% below the MSRP.

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2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

The 2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,480. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M) is trending $2,994 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,994 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,486.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M) is13.3% below the MSRP.

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2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

The 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,985. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $1,984 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,984 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,001.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is10.5% below the MSRP.

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