2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback

MSRP range: $23,700 - $28,900
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MSRP$24,985
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2020 Mazda 3 Review

  • Premium interior design and materials
  • Sharp handling makes it fun to drive
  • Excellent audio quality from both available audio systems
  • Mediocre legroom in the back seat
  • Less cargo capacity than other small hatchbacks
  • Poor rear visibility
  • A full suite of advanced driver safety features is now standard
  • Part of the fourth Mazda 3 generation introduced for 2019

The 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback adds a certain spice that is missing from many affordable vehicles. We understand that, first and foremost, an economical car must be proficient at the basics — efficiency, convenience, versatility, safety and so on — and the Mazda easily satisfies. The Mazda 3 instead rises above the crowd when it comes to less objective comparisons.

It mainly comes down to how it makes you feel. Just walking up to it, you get the warm fuzzies from the uniquely graceful styling and athletic stance. It makes other hatchbacks seem mundane by comparison, and this holds true for the interior too. The overall cabin layout is refreshingly simple, as is the operation of the infotainment system. Get a loaded-up Mazda 3 and you'll find a healthy dose of near-luxury refinement.

On the road, the Mazda 3 hatch exhibits a balanced mix of performance and comfort. Spirited drivers will appreciate quick engine and transmission responses as well as sharp and precise handling. Thankfully, the ride quality remains smooth over rough pavement, too.

In regard to practicality, the Mazda earns average or just above-average scores in our evaluations. It's true that it lacks a little when it comes to rear passenger room and cargo space. But if passion is just as important as pragmatism, the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback may be that special hidden gem you've been seeking.

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The Mazda 3 hatchback has a unique proposition: available all-wheel drive paired with near-luxury appointments. Its strengths are not specs on paper — utility, fuel economy and drivability all fall around average — but in how it looks on the outside and feels on the inside. The 3 delivers style and refinement that make it more special day to day, but these attributes come with additional cost.
Mazda vehicles tend to have pleasing driving dynamics, and that's true for the 3 hatchback. Above-average horsepower and acceleration make quick work of merges and on-ramps, while proper feedback from the brake pedal adds to a sense of control during typical driving and confidence during panic stops.

The same goes for the steering and handling. Though not thrilling, both are pleasant in the daily grind. We generally like the automatic transmission too, but our test car occasionally made an undesirable clunk when leaving from a stop.
The 3's interior is a generally pleasant place to occupy, with comfortable and supportive front seats that support all-day driving. The most prevalent sound is some engine noise during moderate and heavy acceleration, but it doesn't have an annoying drone. Irksome road noise is minimized.

Owing to its more driver-focused mission, the ride transmits most bumps and vibrations into the cabin, but the suspension controls these motions in a way that keeps passengers from complaining. When it comes to air conditioning, you can simply set it to auto and forget it.
The 3 is a masterclass in simplicity and intuitiveness. The controls are easy to use and find, helping to keep your eyes on the road. We also like the driving position. Everything is within view, and almost all drivers should be able to find a setting that they prefer.

What brings the score down? Visibility and the rear seat. The rear window is small, and the rear side pillars create large blind spots. While proper mirror placement helps, backing out of a parking spot requires more awareness and concentration than it should. While we largely praise the front-seat experience, the back seat is tight. There's enough headroom, but legroom and shoulder room are below segment average. Plus, you have to duck when getting in or out.
Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes standard, but both had few issues during testing. Controlling the interface with a rotary dial instead of a touchscreen takes some getting used to, but it works after practice. Onboard navigation is a functional stand-alone option for those who live in areas with poor cellphone reception.

A suite of active safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise and collision mitigation, comes standard. But some systems can be overzealous in their warnings, and the adaptive cruise has difficulty braking smoothly. Fortunately, you can adjust these systems individually.
The cargo area is a touch smaller than average. Though the storage area is deep, there's no way to lower the back seats from the cargo area. We are more fond of the center storage options for the front occupants, including the long, wide tray that accommodates most personal effects and the small cubby to the left of the steering wheel. Rear passengers have few storage options, and the door pockets are average size throughout.

The easily accessible car seat anchors help when installing a car seat, though the somewhat smallish rear space means you'll likely have to move the front seat forward. Plus, the cargo privacy shield blocks the rear tethers — a minor annoyance.
All-wheel drive means a slightly smaller (by a half-gallon) fuel tank and an EPA-rated 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway). Front-wheel drive returns 30 mpg combined with the automatic and 29 mpg combined with the six-speed manual. This is a little below average when compared to similarly outfitted hatchbacks. But we achieved 32 mpg on our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route, so it's likely that you'll be able to match the EPA rating in real-world driving.
Style is the Mazda 3's calling card, and it's delivered through a high-quality materials that are tightly assembled. The only apparent wart is high-gloss black trim in the center console that attracts fingerprints and smudges. To be fair, this is a problem on many luxury cars, too.

Fuel economy, warranty and ownership perks are about average. You're paying for the style more than anything else. At the top trim level and outfitted with all-wheel drive, the 3 costs more than just about everything in the segment. But at this price, it's delivering something you can't replicate anywhere else, so at a minimum you're getting what you pay for.
Though there's still some fun to be had from behind the wheel, the latest-generation 3 delivers a different kind of driving pleasure that's geared more toward refinement rather than thrills. The 3 can still make you smile on a mountain road, but it's more oriented to being pleasurable on the daily commute. It is worth noting that ours was an all-wheel-drive test car. The lighter front-wheel-drive variant may prove to be livelier.

The hatchback's expressive exterior styling is a standout, especially in a crowded parking lot. The look makes the 3 special. The interior design and materials back up this presence, creating an overall sense of luxury and style that's unmatched among competitive hatchbacks.

Which 3 does Edmunds recommend?

The midrange Preferred model gets our recommendation for adding some creature comforts at a reasonable price. Besides including a power driver's seat, heated front seats and premium audio, this variant is the only one that is eligible for a manual transmission, which should be of interest for those who enjoy driving.

Mazda 3 models

The 2020 Mazda 3 hatchback is available in three main trim levels (you might also see them referred to as packages). The Base has a long list of standard equipment and advanced safety features, while the Preferred and the Premium pad on incrementally more tech features and interior refinement.

All Mazda 3 models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (186 horsepower, 186 lb-ft of torque). Most are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels, but all-wheel drive is available as an option. A six-speed manual transmission is only available on the top-trim Premium model and only with front-wheel drive.

The Base 2020 Mazda 3's standard feature highlights include LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, simulated leather upholstery, an 8.8-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker audio system. You also get a full collection of advanced driver safety aids.

The Preferred model adds a power driver's seat, heated front seats and a 12-speaker Bose audio system. The top-of-the-line Premium package comes with adaptive headlights, a sunroof, head-up display, leather upholstery, and paddle shifters if you opt for the automatic.

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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Mazda 3.

Average user rating: 3.6 stars
17 total reviews
5 star reviews: 53%
4 star reviews: 12%
3 star reviews: 5%
2 star reviews: 7%
1 star reviews: 23%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Superb!
Pwith65,
Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
Way back in the day, my parents bought me a Mazda GLC to travel back and forth from college. That car was quality through and through... yet, I never considered Mazda again. Until now. I purchased a 2020 Premium Hatchback with all the bells and whistles you can think of having. Machine gray with the black trim kit. A beauty! I couldn't be happier. I got tired of the "keeping up with the Jones's life... and after having owned five previous Lexus models over the years, I decided to "downgrade" to the Mazda. Yeah, the funny thing is... it wasn't a downgrade. This car is everything and more. Premium high end interior, amazing ride and handling, lots of great "Hey, that's a good looking car" comments! Mazda, I'm back... and hooked!
5/5 stars, Just wow!
Eric,
4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Went to test drive a 2020 CX-3 originally. It was better than expected but not what I really wanted. I much rather have the 3. From the moment I saw it at the dealership, I knew I had to test drive it. The model I drive was a 2021 base model. It was nearly perfect. My disappointments were few, but significant. One, the 2021 base model has a smaller engine. Secondly, they do not offer Apple CarPlay/Android Auto unless you step up a trim (Select) and blind spot monitoring is not available on this trim. Oh, and it comes with 16” wheels/tires as opposed to the 18” wheels/tires on the higher trims. However, even without those features, the car impresses. Get in and look around. Quality shines in the details. The infotainment system is very good, although I miss the touchscreen functionality. The feel of the seats, the craftsmanship of the interior, the movements of the knobs, stalks, console, etc. is exemplary, even in base form. When driving, I felt as if I had owned this car all along. It was a natural fit and feel. Everything falls into place. That big C-pillar isn’t so big if you use you mirrors and actually turn your head when attempting to change lanes or park. I was looking to buy a CUV; not any more. This car is almost as roomy, much better looking, and is a car that can haul the things I need while being stylish. Some loathe the rear quarters. Others love it. Count me as the latter. I suggest grabbing the 2020 models while they are still around. The 2021 models are having the trims and features shuffled (a few standard trim items now optional). Drive it. Yes, it costs a bit more. But that difference you will feel is indescribable.
1/5 stars, Stay away from Mazda-3
Mery,
Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
I’ve been struggling with this car, I got brand new mazda3 from Mazda Ramsey New Jersey , so far terrible experience, first sensor problems then wipers, major brake problems , i had to go to service 6 times a month, unbelievable My husband has Audi as well never visit service but oil change, I will try to use lemon law , cuz , this car is garbage and got major problems never going to buy a Mazda anymore
1/5 stars, Terrible car and company
Robert ,
Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Mazda is the absolute worst car company out there. I bought a 2020 Mazda 3 premium hatchback brand new 5 months ago and I've had it in service 6 times now for a variety of problems leading to the most recent my drivers side seatbelt came off and I was stuck from Saturday night till Monday morning with no seatbelt. I brought the car in today to have it serviced and they denied me a loaner but I have had a loaner car the other 5 times I have brought my car in for service. Customer service is terrible it's taken me all day of calling to get ahold of a manger which I still haven't been able to and corporate has only offered to give me egifts in the from of free parts. Save yourself the stress and don't buy a Mazda.

2020 Mazda 3 videos

CARLOS LAGO: (SINGING) Mazda is what got-- SPEAKER 1: (SINGING) I said, remember-- CARLOS LAGO: Mazda 3-- it's a little windy today, huh? The Mazda 3 has been a perennial favorite of ours. So much that we've had examples from two previous generations in for a long term test. For those unfamiliar, our long term test is where we own and operate a vehicle for a year just like you would to see how it stands up for that first year of ownership. Now this generation the Model 3 debuted in 2019 and had a few substantial changes that we felt were appropriate for a long term evaluation. First there was a change from a multi-link rear suspension to a torsion-beam rear suspension. How would that affect ride and handling? Then there was that new interior. It looked really glossy in photos, but how would it stand up to the rigors of daily use? And the same goes for that available all wheel drive system. The Mazda 3 is one of the few vehicles in the segment with one to offer. Before we get started, though, make sure to give us a like, comment, and subscribe if you like these kind of videos and check out the links below for more about our long term test program. Also visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car, truck, or SUV. Regular viewers know that we like to purchase vehicles for the purpose of long term evaluation, but with the amount of vehicles that we test and evaluate you can imagine that gets pretty expensive. So in some cases we'll borrow vehicles from manufacturers for the test. That's exactly what happened with this Mazda 3. This is a 2020 preferred trim with all wheel drive. It's painted in this very photogenic, soul crystal red metallic paint. The soul crystal red really aligns my chakras. And that preferred trim is one step below the premium trim. So that means it has all the safety features that you can get on the 3, plus some other niceties like faux leather, heated front seats, and an upgraded stereo. It costs just under $28,000 with destination. Now, we like to get a minimum of 20,000 miles on a vehicle in that free year of ownership, but as you can remember, some stuff happened last year that prevented us from doing so. We tried our best though, and at the time of this recording we have about 16,000 miles on the odometer. What was it like to live with? Well, we have a pretty diverse staff, so sometimes opinions can be mixed on a car. But that wasn't the case with the Mazda 3's interior. Everybody loved this interior. From the fit and finish and overall premium appearance this interior has, the material selection and the quality of everything just feels more elevated than most of the vehicles in this segment and that actually makes sense given the generally higher price the Mazda 3 commands versus its rivals. As for how it wore over time, we see no premature signs of wear on the seats or any of the high touch points like you sometimes get with other cars, let's say. The only thing that really looks grimy is this piano black material on the dash, and that's what you get every time you get piano black in your car. Stop putting piano black in interiors, automakers, please. It's ugly. As for functionality, everybody really enjoyed the cabin space and trunk space. That trunk actually grew in terms of storage volume by a cubic foot versus the previous generation, and part of that has to do with that rear suspension change. Torsion-beam generally is easier to package and makes more space back there. Amy, our video production manager, actually was able to use this to drive across country with suitcases and a big German shepherd. Our team was split on two areas. The first is the engine. Some felt at the 186 horsepower from this naturally aspirated two and half liter four cylinder was entirely sufficient for a city runabout. Others, though, felt it lacked a little something that you get from the comparable engine in the Honda Civic. That's a turbo charged one and half liter four cylinder. It makes less power on paper, the Honda engine, but that turbo feels nicer in the real world. And it also manages to be quicker in our acceleration testing figures. Here's the big takeaway, if you drive a Mazda 3 and find that it needs a little more oomph, that's something that you can fix with some money. For 2021, Mazda offers a turbocharged four cylinder for the 3 that gives you up to 250 horsepower, which should satisfy all your giddy up needs. The other area of disagreement was the rear suspension. This generation, as we mentioned, of the Mazda 3 comes with a torsion-beamer suspension, which tends to be less sophisticated and cheaper to produce than the multi-link that you would get in previous generations of the Mazda 3. Some members on staff found the ride to be a little too firm for a city-based economy car, while others thought the general added impacts were in line with the sporty handling characteristics you'd expect from a Mazda. And as for driving fun, yeah, this isn't as exciting as previous Mazda 3s, but it's entirely sufficient for, again, a city commuter car. But now let's hear from other members of the team on their experiences with the Mazda 3. TRAVIS LANGNESS: I'm a big fan of the Mazda 3. I've really enjoyed having it in our fleet. I think it's one of the most refined vehicles in the segment. The interior is amazing. And now you've got the Mazda 3 turbo, which is a big favorite of mine. CAMERON ROGERS: The Mazda 3 is one of my very favorite small cars. If I was in the market, I'd definitely consider buying one. The interior makes you feel like $1,000 when you get inside, and the exterior is gorgeous, especially in soul red crystal. There's only one issue, I'm 6' 4" and the small door openings make it difficult to enter and exit, and the eliminated interior room hampers that as well. It's not something that would prevent me from buying it, but it's something I'd have to consider. REX TOKESHI-TORRES: Tech is very near and dear to my heart. And while the Mazda 3 didn't have any hiccups early on in its stays with us, it did start getting a little bit glitchy towards the end. And while the rotary knob is easy enough to use, having a touchscreen wouldn't hurt. At one point in time Mazda offered you a touchscreen that you could interface with when you were at a stop. I implore you to please bring that back. And even though you don't get a touchscreen, the sharp, bright, wide screen layout made Android Auto and Apple CarPlay present their best. CARLOS LAGO: As in the time of this recording there were two recalls for the 2020 Mazda 3. The first were for fasteners on the brake calipers that weren't correctly torque during assembly. That one didn't affect our car. The second one did though. You see, like many new cars, the Mazda 3 has a collision mitigation system that automatically applies the front brakes when it senses a collision is imminent. And there was a recall for the sensors that could send a false positive that would trigger that system. The car stops itself whether you want it to or not. One editor noticed while driving this car that the system was flashing alert on the dash. Another of our team member, Ryan, our reviews editor, was cruising along at about 40 miles an hour, the system triggered from a false positive, and the brakes automatically applied in what would be an emergency stop. Now, that was scary. Fortunately the car behind him was able to take evasive action so there wasn't a collision. But as you can imagine, we were pretty hesitant to drive the car after that. We weren't alone because Mazda issued a recall for that exact same issue the same week. Once the fix was ready, we took the 3 to the dealer who addressed the problem. We got the car back and the system worked flawlessly for the rest of the Mazda's stay in our fleet. A quick word about emergency braking systems. Most cars have these features on and a number of us have experienced these kind of false positives before. This is the first time we've experienced on a long term vehicle that has had a recall applied to it. Kind of wish we could have a kill switch for all these features in new cars. You get a level gauge for your windshield washer fluid. Sits at the dipstick. Easy to access. What's this do? The Mazda 3 requires maintenance visits around every 10,000 miles or so. And it's this kind of stuff you could do at home if you were mechanically inclined. We like to go to dealership service departments to closer mimic what a normal consumer would experience. But in the case of the Mazda, when it was time to get the first service, the dealership was entirely booked. So we went to an independent shop and paid about $100 for five quarts of synthetic oil, an oil filter, air filter, tire rotation, and labor associated with all that stuff. How cool was that bird flying around squawking at me I'm trying to talk to camera? As for the rest of reliability, the fit and finish on the Mazda 3 was solid and nothing else broke. SPEAKER 1: What about that little fellow? CARLOS LAGO: That guy? I wouldn't worry about that guy. It's the fuel economy section. Now, because of the events of 2020, the Mazda 3 spent most of its life in our test driving around Los Angeles with the occasional road trip mixed in. Because of that we didn't have the highest of hopes for its fuel economy. That said, it averaged 28 MPG over the course of its stay with us, matching the combined rating from the EPA. Its best fill, though, was 38 MPG, and that was achieved over a driving distance of 333 miles on a single tank, and that's much better than the EPA'S highway estimate. What's most impressive about all that is that this is an all wheel drive Mazda 3, and all wheel drive generally gets worse fuel economy. The front wheel drive Mazda 3 is rated at two MPG higher under the combined test cycle. So, good on you, Mazda. Still smells good. So, what's our Mazda 3 worth now? Well, the only way to know for sure is, actually, by selling it. But by using the Edmunds appraisal tool, which you can find at edmunds.com/sellmycar, you can get a value for your car that includes mileage, location, region, condition, and so on. After tallying it up for our Mazda 3, and that includes the higher than average mileage, we got a private party value of $19,500 roughly, and a trade in value of roughly $17,500. Now that's a touch over 30% depreciation, which according to our data, is slightly higher than what you would find in an equivalent Honda Civic. Oh-- SPEAKER 1: Having fun? CARLOS LAGO: Getting too old for this. Now we've reached the conclusion of our long term test, and this generation of the Mazda 3, like the one before it, and the one before that, are still favorite compact cars of ours. There were some deficiencies with this one. We had some complaints about the engine and some complaints about the ride quality and one kind of hairy recall issue. But after that was addressed, looking at this car on balance, when you take into account its craftsmanship fit and finish, the way it looks, and the overall driving experience, this is still a really good compact car. If you're looking for a car like this, the Mazda 3 should be near the top of your list. If you didn't like this video, go ahead and comment, and if you did, like this video, reply to that first guy or girl's comment, and give us like and subscribe too. We'd really appreciate. It lets us know we're doing something right. Be sure to visit the links below to see more about our long term program and other things at Edmunds, and also visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car.

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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$23,700
MPG & Fuel
26 City / 35 Hwy / 30 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 186 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 175.6 in. / Height: 56.7 in. / Width: 70.7 in.
Curb Weight: 3082 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 20.1 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 3 safety features:

Smart Brake Support
Warns you if you are rapidly approaching a vehicle, pedestrian or bicyclist. Can apply the brakes to reduce the severity of a collision.
Mazda Radar Cruise Control
Maintains a driver-selected distance between the Mazda 3 and the car in front.
Lane Departure Warning System
Alerts the driver if the Mazda 3 begins wandering outside its lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.1%

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 TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Mazda 3 vs. the competition

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic

Mazda 3 vs. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic delivers pleasing fuel economy and performance from its turbocharged engine. It also has a good balance of sporty handling and ride comfort, plenty of tech and safety features, and a well-made, roomy cabin. The Mazda 3 comes off as a little more polished but loses out on interior space compared to the Civic.

Compare Mazda 3 & Honda Civic features 

Mazda 3 vs. Kia Forte

In general, Kia Forte gets high marks for its value proposition. You get a lot of features for the money and a generous warranty. The Forte sedan also boasts strong fuel economy and an easy-to-use infotainment system. The Forte's ride can be on the stiff side, however, and rear seat space isn't much better than the Mazda's.

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Mazda 3 vs. Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is fully redesigned for 2020 and is far better than any predecessor in every way. It continues to deliver strong value, a lot of safety features and high fuel economy. It's not nearly as fun to drive as the Mazda 3 and rear headroom isn't much better either. Sadly, Android Auto is still not supported.

Compare Mazda 3 & Toyota Corolla features 

FAQ

Is the Mazda 3 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 3 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.7 out of 10. You probably care about Mazda 3 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 3 gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg to 30 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 3 has 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mazda 3. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Mazda 3?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Mazda 3:

  • A full suite of advanced driver safety features is now standard
  • Part of the fourth Mazda 3 generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Mazda 3 reliable?

To determine whether the Mazda 3 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 3. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 3's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Mazda 3 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Mazda 3 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 3 and gave it a 7.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 3 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Mazda 3?

The least-expensive 2020 Mazda 3 is the 2020 Mazda 3 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $23,700.

Other versions include:

  • Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $28,900
  • Preferred 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $25,200
  • Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $27,500
  • 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $23,700
  • Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $27,500
  • Preferred 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $26,600
  • 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $25,100
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What are the different models of Mazda 3?

If you're interested in the Mazda 3, the next question is, which 3 model is right for you? 3 variants include Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Preferred 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A). For a full list of 3 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Mazda 3

2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Overview

The 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback is offered in the following styles: Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Preferred 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Preferred 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 3 Hatchback 3.6 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 2020 3 Hatchback.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 3 Hatchback featuring deep dives into trim levels including Premium, Preferred, Base, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback?

2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,985. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,059 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,059 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $21,926.

The average savings for the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 12.2% below the MSRP.

2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Preferred 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Preferred 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,485. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Preferred 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,061 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,061 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,424.

The average savings for the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Preferred 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 11.6% below the MSRP.

2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,260. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,653 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,653 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,607.

The average savings for the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 12.1% below the MSRP.

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Which 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchbacks are available in my area?

2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Listings and Inventory

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback and all available trim types: Premium, Preferred, Base, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 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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