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Mazda 3 Australia

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.

Mazda 3 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda 3 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $25,990 and going to $42,090 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $25,990 $41,590
2021 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $25,990 $42,090
2020 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $17,400 $41,800
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $18,000 $41,800
2019 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $12,300 $37,070
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $12,300 $37,070
2018 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,500 $32,890
2018 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,500 $32,890
2017 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $10,900 $26,950
2017 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $10,900 $27,720
See All Mazda 3 Pricing and Specs

Mazda 3 Colours

  • Polymetal Grey
  • Soul Red Crystal
  • Machine Grey
  • Sonic Silver
  • Titanium Flash
  • Deep Crystal Blue
  • Jet Black
  • Snowflake White Pearl
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Mazda 3 2019.

Mazda 3 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda 3 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Mazda 4 - A bigger hatchback than the 3?

    Mazda is unlikely to increase the number of its passenger car models, given the contracting nature of such body styles in favour of crossovers and SUVs.

    Also, note that a CX-4 has existed in China for a number of years, slotting tightly between the CX-3 and CX-5 as a sleeker coupe version of the latter, so if you do see a '4' (or, more likely, a '40') on the tailgate of a Mazda in the future, it might be sat on an SUV-shaped rather than hatchback-shaped five-door.

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  • Mazda MX3 - What ever happened to the Eunos 30X?

    The failure of the MX-3/Eunos 30X in the 1990s contributed to Mazda's slide to near-bankruptcy and into a waiting Ford's arms, so it is unlikely that that either the small coupe model or nameplates will ever be resurrected.

    That said, it is worth noting that the existing (BP-series) Mazda3/Axela is very much a coupe-esque hatchback in the spirit of the sporty MX-3/30X.

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  • Mazda 9 - Will we ever see a successor to the 929?

    Mazda is unlikely to introduce a sedan larger than the Mazda6, due to the declining sales of larger sedans globally in favour of SUVs.

    However, with Mazda marching upmarket and its ties with Toyota strengthening, a joint-venture project with Toyota or even Lexus, using Mazda's new rear-drive platform and inline six-cylinder engine range, may make a model-sharing luxury flagship – a modern-day 929 in other words – a possibility.

    But there are currently no plans that we know of pertaining to such a model, sadly.

    We hope this helps.

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  • Which is better: 2014 Mazda 3 Astina or 2016 Mazda 3 SP25?

    As the BM-series flagship back in 2014, the Astina offers more luxury and safety features than the SP25, so we'd settle for that, especially as it's a bit cheaper and has fewer kilometres on the odometer.

    But if the newer car is the Series II facelift from August 2016 onwards, then this model - known as the BN - might be a better buy since it brings significant improvements.

    These include Autonomous Emergency Braking Reverse (AEB when driving backwards), Blind-Spot Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, as well as revised steering, shock absorber, anti-roll bar, and rear suspension components to improve handling and ride qualities, more sound deadening to eliminate known noise paths (a criticism of the earlier Mazda 3s), larger door pockets, an electronic parking brake instead of a levered handbrake, cleaner instrumentation dial markings, a redesigned and more user-friendly steering wheel and repositioned USB charger. 

    Plus, the BN Series II Mazda 3 scores Mazda's G-force Vectoring Control system, which uses the engine to enhance chassis performance by adjusting torque delivery in response to steering inputs, for more stable and relaxed driving. If your SP25's an auto, it scores a Sport mode that adapts the change-up points according to the operator’s style and inputs, its steering and ride qualities are better and the handling is smoother.

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Mazda 3 Accessories

The version of the Mazda 3 that arrived in April 2019 brought equipment levels to match the status quo of the small hatch and sedan segment at the time.

This equipment varies among the five different trim levels, but the top Astina packs the complete list of features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, built-in satnav, reversing camera with 360 monitor, dual-zone climate control, active cruise control, heated and power adjustable front seats with leather trim all round, heated leather steering wheel and high and low speed AEB, covering both forward and reverse directions.

As you'd expect, there's alloy wheels at each corner and LED head and tail-lights, but other convenience features include proximity keys, power sunroof auto wipers, and heated and powered door mirrors.

Mazda 3 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda 3 Sedan and Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Sedan 1440x1795x4660 mm 150 mm
2021 Hatchback 1440x1795x1435 mm 150 mm
2020 Hatchback 1440x1795x1435 mm 150 mm
2020 Sedan 1440x1795x4660 mm 150 mm
2019 Sedan 1450x1795x4580 mm 155 mm
2019 Hatchback 1450x1795x4460 mm 155 mm
2018 Hatchback 1450x1795x4460 mm 155 mm
2018 Sedan 1450x1795x4580 mm 155 mm
2017 Sedan 1450x1795x4580 mm 155 mm
2017 Hatchback 1450x1795x4460 mm 155 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda 3 Dimensions

Mazda 3 Interior

The Mazda 3 has an interior design that sets it apart from its rivals. As you can see in the images, the most recent model is striking - combining a sleek, minimal dashboard and materials and trims that feel a lot more expensive than it is. Models with leather feel even more premium - enough to make luxury car buyers think twice about where they should be spending their money.

Mazda 3 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda 3 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/ULP and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.3L/100km for Hatchback /Hyb/ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Hatchback 5.3L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Sedan 5.3L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Sedan 6.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Hatchback 5.3L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Sedan 5.3L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Sedan 6.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 5.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Sedan 5.8L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 5.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Sedan 5.8L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 5.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Sedan 5.8L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda 3 Pricing and Specs for 2021

Mazda 3 Wheel Size

The Mazda 3 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x60 R16 9 for Hatchback in 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Hatchback 205x60 R16 9 205x60 R16 9
2021 Sedan 205x60 R16 9 205x60 R16 9
2020 Hatchback 205x60 R16 9 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 9 16x6.5 inches
2020 Sedan 205x60 R16 9 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 9 16x6.5 inches
2019 Hatchback 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Sedan 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Sedan 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Sedan 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda 3 Wheel Sizes

Mazda 3 Boot Space

The Mazda 3 Sedan has a boot space size of 444 VDA.
Mazda 3 Boot space Mazda 3 Boot space

Mazda 3 Towing Capacity

The Mazda 3 has maximum towing capacity of 1200kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Hatchback 1200kg 1200kg
2021 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2020 Hatchback 1200kg 1200kg
2020 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2019 Hatchback 1200kg 1200kg
2019 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2018 Hatchback 1200kg 1200kg
2018 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2017 Hatchback 1200kg 1200kg
2017 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
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Mazda 3 Seats

The following Mazda 3 comes with 5 seats. The G20 Pure, G20 Evolve and G25 Evolve variants are available only with Black cloth seat trim. The G20 Touring and G25 GT variants are both available with Black leather seat trim. The choice of either Burgundy or Black leather seats is reserved for the G25 Astina hatch, with the choice of Black or Pure White Leather available in the G25 Astina sedan.

Mazda 3 Seats
Shown above are seat details for the Mazda 3 2019.