2018 Mazda 3

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What’s new

  • The Touring 2.5 trim has been dropped since the 2.5-liter engine is now standard on the Touring level
  • Sport models gain a forward collision warning and mitigation system
  • LED headlights are now standard on the Grand Touring
  • Some options packages have been renamed, combined or dropped throughout the lineup
  • 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

  • Ride quality can be a little stiff with optional 18-inch wheels
  • Cargo capacity ranks below the class leaders
  • Road and wind noise is noticeable at highway speeds
  • Less interior storage than rivals
Mazda 3 years


Which 3 does Edmunds recommend?

We're partial to the hatchback for its cargo-carrying flexibility as well as its aesthetic appeal. Among the different trim level choices, the Touring trim presents a good balance of features for the price, plus it gets the more powerful engine. If your budget can stretch, the Grand Touring is a great pick that is eligible for a host of advanced safety features.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.9 / 10

The 2018 Mazda 3 isn't the quickest car in its class, but it is the best to drive. The Mazda 3 doesn't have the biggest cargo capacity in its class either, but it will certainly hold a whole lot of stuff. This is a clear case of the raw numbers not telling the entire story.

Inside and out, the Mazda 3 is attractive, and plenty of elements give it a more upmarket appeal. On the road, it's not just competent; it's actually entertaining and sporty to drive. Even if you're not into performance, this translates to a feeling that the car will respond to emergency maneuvers with confidence and ease.

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. We bore this out in a yearlong test of this car's current generation as well as subsequent evaluation of newer variants. You'd be remiss not to have it on your short list.

2018 Mazda 3 configurations

The five-passenger 2018 Mazda 3 is available as a sedan or four-door hatchback. Both body styles are offered in Sport, Touring or Grand Touring trims.

The Sport trim is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (155 horsepower, 150 pound-feet of torque). The Touring and Grand Touring models get a 2.5-liter engine (184 hp, 185 lb-ft). A six-speed manual transmission is standard for all Mazda 3s, with a six-speed automatic available as an option.

Standard Sport trim features for the sedan include 16-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, keyless ignition, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, low-speed forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, emergency telematics, and a six-speaker stereo with two USB ports. The hatchback adds the upgrades of alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.

The sedan is eligible for the optional Preferred Equipment package that adds alloy wheels, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, upgraded upholstery, and a rear seat armrest with cupholders.

The Touring trim includes all of the above, along with 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, a six-way power driver's seat and heated front seats.

At the top of the range, the Grand Touring model gains LED exterior lights (headlights, foglights and taillights), a sunroof, a digital speedometer, an upgraded instrument panel display, leather upholstery, a nine-speaker Bose surround-sound system and satellite radio. To this, the Premium Equipment package adds adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, a heated steering wheel, paddle shifters (for the automatic transmission), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a navigation system, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and braking for higher speeds, and a traffic sign reader.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Mazda 3 Sedan Grand Touring (2.5L inline-4 | 6-speed manual | FWD).

Since this test was conducted in 2017, the current Mazda 3 has received no significant revisions. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Mazda 3.

Driving

8.0
Mazda built its reputation on making driver's cars, and the 3 offers an excellent driving experience and rewarding handling dynamics. Some competitors offer more acceleration, and while the 3's transmission is well-behaved, it sometimes reacts more slowly than certain more modern units.

Acceleration

The 3's eager four-cylinder engine responds willingly, with linear delivery. The car feels like it has plenty to give, even at half throttle, and power builds naturally through the rev range. While our as-tested 0-60 mph time of 7.7 seconds won't set any records, the car feels brisk.

Braking

7.0
The brake pedal is solid and responsive, and the car is very stable, even during emergency braking. The brakes are easy to modulate and never feel grabby. The 60-0 mph emergency braking distance we measured of 121 feet isn't class-leading, but the brakes inspire confidence.

Steering

7.5
There's more steering feedback than in many competitors, and resistance builds nicely and naturally. The steering is quick and precise in turns, but the on-center feel is a little off. There is a small amount of play in the center where you don't get resistance and the wheel won't try to recenter.

Handling

8.0
This car definitely punches above its weight class when it comes to handling, making the Mazda rewarding to drive on twisting roads and through city streets. It changes direction with aplomb and communicates its intentions clearly, which inspires confidence.

Drivability

8.5
The transmission is well-behaved and downshifts when you need it without hunting around. Coupled with a responsive throttle, the 3 drives smoothly in almost all situations. The reaction from the paddle shifters is too slow to make them useful in spirited driving.

Comfort

7.5
Mazda has done a good job balancing ride comfort with performance. The front seats are nicely molded and padded — aside from the too-aggressive headrests. While sound insulation has been improved over older models, the Mazda 3's cabin is noisier on the highway than some competitors.

Seat comfort

7.0
The seats are well-molded, and the cushions comfortable even on long drives, although they don't have quite enough bolstering for a car that encourages fast turns. Unfortunately, the headrests are aggressively forward and some drivers may experience back and neck discomfort.

Ride comfort

8.0
The Mazda 3 is textbook "buttoned-down." This car takes you along for every dip and hump as it sticks to the road surface, but it still does a good job of absorbing bumps and harshness. Its mild performance orientation might make it too firm for some, but others will appreciate these characteristics.

Noise & vibration

6.5
The 3 is better insulated than some small cars, but enough noise makes it into the cabin to undermine its premium look a bit. At freeway speeds, road and tire noise is noticeable on all but the smoothest asphalt, and wind noise from the doors is consistent.

Climate control

7.5
The climate controls are easy to use, with big analog buttons and clear displays. Once set, we found we didn't need to fiddle with them. The dual-zone system regulates temperature without blasting harsh hot or cold air, and it kept us comfortable.

Interior

8.0
The Mazda 3's interior is very easy to use and live with. Mazda thoughtfully designed the interior around the driver, though taller people might feel slightly out of place. The steering wheel lacks some reach adjustment, and the dash-mounted head-up display will be awkwardly low for some.

Ease of use

8.5
The important controls are easy to find and operate. The combination of touchscreen and knob makes system navigation easy, and settings are largely intuitively placed. The Mazda's controls and technology are some of the friendliest in the class.

Getting in/getting out

8.0
The Mazda 3 gives you the sporty feeling of sitting low, but it's still quite easy to get into and out of. There's good access all around, thanks to square openings and a roofline that isn't too aggressive as it approaches the rear of the car. Rear legroom is lacking.

Driving position

7.5
Everything important is within easy reach from the driver's seat. Most drivers will find a comfortable position, thanks to the adjustable seat height and tilting steering wheel. Taller folks will wish for more steering-wheel telescope and find the door armrests and the head-up display are placed too low.

Roominess

7.5
Smart layout and design make the front seat feel spacious, with plenty of leg-, headroom and shoulder room, even for drivers over 6 feet. In the back seat, however, legroom shrinks significantly if the driver is tall and headroom might not accommodate adults with tall torsos.

Visibility

7.5
There's plenty of forward visibility, aided by door-mounted mirrors that also offer a good view behind. The rear three-quarter view is impaired by very thick roof pillars that merge into the high rear deck, but that's not unusual for the class, and the mirrors and blind-spot monitoring compensate admirably.

Quality

9.0
Smart design covers up the cost-cutting that's been done. The hard plastics are textured so they don't look cheap, and most touchpoints have been covered with soft-touch or premium-feeling materials. Everything feels solidly built as well, with no rattles or creaks during our testing.

Utility

6.5
While the Mazda 3 sedan offers folding seats, easy-to-find LATCH points, and a number of small-item storage options, it falls behind the class leaders in terms of practicality. A handful of design issues also hurt the usability of some of these features.

Small-item storage

7.0
The front seats get deep, water-bottle-ready door pockets, a cellphone tray and good-sized cupholders. But the center console box is small. Overall, storage is sufficient, but some competitors offer significantly more and with more clever integration.

Cargo space

6.0
At 12.4 cubic feet, the trunk is one of the smallest in class, but it is easy to load and unload items. Folding the rear seats gives you a nice flat cargo space, though that will usually require moving the front seats forward, a drawback for taller drivers. Having the seats down also impinges on front-seat movement.

Child safety seat accommodation

6.5
LATCH anchors are easy to find and clearly marked, with three anchors for outboard and middle positions. Unfortunately, larger, rear-facing car seats will impose on front-passenger space.

Technology

7.5
The Mazda 3 offers an extensive list of technology upgrades. It certainly has one of the best infotainment units in the class (which Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration would only improve). However, some competitors with more recent refreshes have better-executed driver aids.

Audio & navigation

8.5
Audio quality is quite good if you use the USB port, and the system can handle lots of volume without harshness or distortion. Navigation features are robust and straightforward, and it's easy to find points of interest on your route or nearby. The system gives clear directions that are mirrored in the head-up display.

Smartphone integration

7.5
Mazda keeps teasing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, but they're not here yet. Still, Bluetooth and the USB interface are easy to use and work well. Text message and email reading works, but response options are limited. Two USB ports and a 110-volt outlet are available up front.

Driver aids

6.5
Our tester was equipped with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Unfortunately, the adaptive cruise in particular lags behind the competition, with the system disengaging — while the car is still in motion — below 15 mph.

Voice control

8.0
Mazda's voice controls take a laudable stab at understanding the driver, and they work much better than some competitor systems, albeit a little slowly. The system will try to prompt you to get you where you want to go, though it occasionally fails to do anything and leaves you guessing why.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Mazda 3.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

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,06/10/2018
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.
Excellent car with great price
Mangesh,08/16/2018
I got Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2018 Automatic, Its overall an excellent sedan as compared other similar prized sedans. 2.5 L Engine with 184 HP power is absolutely great as compared to Honda Civic and Corolla. handling and ride is perfect. The only issue I feel with Mazda 3 Sedan is less cargo space and rear seats are good for the kids but for adults with more heights its tough to get in.
My fun driver car
Paul Oldakowski,07/24/2018
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
$18,095
MPG
28 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
155 hp @ 6000 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

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2018 Mazda 6

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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 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.

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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.

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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: 3 Hatchback, 3 Sedan. 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), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 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

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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.

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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 $3,544 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,544 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,541.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is14.1% 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 $3,629 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,629 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,401.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is16.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 92 2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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 $20,335. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,505 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,505 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,830.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is17.2% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 22 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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 $3,559 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,559 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,921.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M) is15.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 9 2018 Mazda 3 Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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 $2,143 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,143 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,842.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is11.3% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 3 2018 Mazda 3 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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 $2,797 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,797 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,838.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M) is10.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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