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. The Mazda3 is available with a pair of petrol engines, as well as the same high-revving diesel as the CX-5 and 6.
Mazda 3 Reviews
Mazda 3 2017 review
Mazda 3 2017 review: 40-year evolution from the first 323
Mazda 3 SP25 2017 review | snapshot
Mazda 3 SP25 GT 2017 review | snapshot
Mazda 3 Touring hatch 2017 review | Torquing Heads video
Mazda 3 Neo hatch auto 2017 review | road test
Mazda 3 SP25 Astina hatch 2017 review | road test
Mazda 3 SP25 Astina sedan 2016 review | road test
Mazda 3 SP25 Astina 2016 review | first drive
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2016 Mazda 3