Arriving in 2004, the Mazda3 was the second in Mazda's range to move away from the old, triple-number naming scheme, ending a quarter-century run for the Mazda 323.
It was a good job, then, that the Mazda3 was more than good enough to carry a new name – or number – forward. Going after the Corolla and its ilk with a small-sized sedan and hatch was always going to be a tough ask, but the 3's combination of handling prowess, good looks and high level of standard kit have propelled it to sales success.
From the arrival of the fourth-generation model in April 2019, the Mazda3 was available with a choice of two petrol engines. It is available from $25,990 to $42,090 for the 3 G20 Pure and 3 X20 Astina M Hybrid, respectively.
The Mazda3 is also known as Mazda Axela (Japan and China) in markets outside Australia.