• Body design
    • Top notch interior design and quality
    • NVH improvement
    • No full screen for Android Auto
    • Halogen DRLs for lower trims
    • Rear legroom for some
    5 Star

    About the Mazda 3

    Allen Shayanmanesh purchased this Mazda 3 new for $31,500 (including all on-road costs). Allen Shayanmanesh would buy this car again because: “Brand, compact hatchback, engine choices, reliability, brilliant interior, stunning exterior. One of the best hatchbacks in the market with lots of trims to choose from. Cabin tech is up to date with all the connectivities one needs. Price is very competitive in this market.”

    How reliable has your car been? Tell us about any issues.

    Very reliable since day one. Even though I did not get a chance to use it much during lockdown but since I started driving it again never had any trouble. The only time I took it to service centre was for the initial service/check.

    What do you think of the ownership experience with your car?

    Still think one of the best in the market. The purchase price was what I had in mind and the running cost is very affordable for this category of vehicle. I have had five other Mazdas in the past 10 years and never had an issue with the brand.

    How has the purchase and aftercare experience been with your car?

    The purchase went smooth as it was right at the beginning of global chip shortage and the supply was still fine. Due to trim and colour I picked there was two months delivery time which was not bad at all.

    I have been receiving communication from the company regarding servicing and feedback.

    Are you happy with the price and features of your car?

    Happy with the price and the fact that it’s still worth the same due to demand in the market and waiting time for new cars. The Touring spec is really good compared to other brands in the market.

    I get everything I need, but wish I had the G25 engine in it.

    What do you think of the performance and economy of your car?

    Performance is good for a 2.0L engine but if I had the budget or the configuration would have allowed I would have picked the 2.5L. In saying that, the 2.0L engine performs adequately.

    It’s a personal preference at end of the day, and of course budget. Also wish we could get the all-wheel drive version which is available in North American market.

    What do you think of the technology in your car?

    In technology is perfect for what you pay I would say. Yes, wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, a fully digital instrument cluster and wireless charging would have been nice, but I bet Mazda reserves those for upcoming models. For a $30k-ish vehicle I’m getting more than enough in-car tech.

    What do you think of the ride comfort and handling of your car?

    Ride is on the sporty side I reckon and it should be as it is a Mazda 3, especially on 18-inch wheels. But I don’t feel uncomfortable at all.

    At low speed you would feel the road surface imperfections with low-profile tyres. Handling is perfect compared to the competitors (Corolla, Civic, Golf, and Subaru). I have driven most of these I named and 3’s handling is at the top along with some others.

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    Overall Rating

    Ride & Handling8.5
    Price & Features9
    Purchase & Aftercare10
    Performance & Economy8
    Ownership Experience10