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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 $25,240 to $40,090 for the 3 G20 Pure and 3 G25 Astina 100TH Anniversary, 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 $25,240 and going to $40,090 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
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $25,240 $40,090
2020 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $25,240 $40,090
2019 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $17,990 $43,147
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $17,990 $43,147
2018 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,800 $32,990
2018 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,800 $32,990
2017 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $15,896 $28,990
2017 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $15,896 $28,990
2016 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $10,900 $27,990
2016 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $10,900 $28,600
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.

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 3 2007-2018: What size boot to the sedan and hatch have?

    Despite the Mazda 3 growing in size over the years (and gaining about 100kg depending on the model and specification) the boot size hasn’t improved in the 11 years between the models you’ve asked about.

    The 2007 Mazda 3 sedan had a boot measuring 416 litres, while its 2018 opposite number could fit eight litres less with a total of 408 litres. The 2018 hatchback had even less luggage capacity with just 308 litres.

    As an aside, when comparing boot sizes, it’s important to know the exact method the manufacturer has used to arrive at the figure in the brochure. There are different methods and they have a huge effect on the outcome. Presumably, Mazda hasn’t changed its measurement method over the years, so the comparison in this case stands.

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  • 2012 Mazda 3: Power-steering cutting out

    Some Mazda 3s built between 2007 and 2008 did, indeed, suffer from a loss of power-steering assistance and were fixed by Mazda as part of a nationwide program. Mazda pulled up short of recalling these vehicles, arguing that even if assistance was lost, the car would still have its steering.

    In any case, your car was built after this troublesome batch of cars, but I’ve still heard of a few, later, Mazda 3s suffering the same problem. One suggestion I’ve heard is that the power-steering fluid becomes thick and can’t flow properly. From what I can gather, the only real fix is to replace the power-steering pump, hoses and fluid. That won’t be cheap, but suddenly having the steering lose assistance can’t be much fun. Or very safe.

    Like you, Monty, I’ve also heard of power-steering problems caused by electrical faults (sometimes as simple as a lose battery terminal) but I think those apply to later cars with electric power-assistance. Electrically-assisted power-steering didn’t come to the Mazda 3 in Australia until 2014.

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  • Mazda 3 2007: Can I replace the transmission control module?

    Transmission Control Module (TCM) faults are not unknown on these early Mazda 3s. Symptoms usually involve erratic shifting, a failure to select gear at all and having the car go into limp-home mode. The good news is that there are companies out there who can repair your existing TCM, which gets you around the need to buy an expensive replacement. By the way, from what I can gather, any replacement TCM should be plug-and-play with no need to have the new module coded to the car’s other systems.

    It’s also worth noting that Mazda in the USA issued a Technical Service Bulletin (like a recall but not for a safety issue) for automatic 3s from this era fitted with the 2.3-litre engine. In some cases, the shift solenoid could lose fluid, leading to harsh shifts and shuddering when driving uphill. The fix was a revised solenoid design but the catch was that the unit lived inside the transmission, so to whole gearbox had to be removed and taken apart to replace the part in question.

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  • Mazda 3 2017: How can I reduce the cost of regular servicing?

    Capped price servicing is a good way to keep a lid on running costs, or at least know in advance what those costs will be. In the case of Hyundai and Kia cars, they come with capped-price servicing as part of the deal, so provided the car has been servicing correctly by its original owner, you should be able to tap into the capped-price schedule. The catch will be if the car you buy has any gaps in its service history as this could easily render it ineligible for the capped-price package.

    But really, Jason, what you need to consider is whether cheaper and less frequent servicing is actually going to save you much money. Then put those figures into the context of what it will cost you to change cars in terms of stamp-duty, registration change-over and perhaps even higher insurance costs, and see if it still makes sense as a strategy.

    If dealer servicing is getting your wallet down, don’t forget that you can change to an independent workshop that might be cheaper than a Mazda dealership. Provided the workshop has the correct certification, it can still stamp your service book and keep your maintenance record (and, therefore, your warranty) intact.

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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
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
2016 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2016 Hatchback 1200kg 1400kg
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Mazda 3 Dimensions

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

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
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
2016 Sedan 1455x1795x4580 mm 155 mm
2016 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 ULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.2L/100km for Hatchback /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 2.0L 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
2016 Hatchback 5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2016 Hatchback 5.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 Sedan 5.8L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda 3 Pricing and Specs for 2020

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 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2016 Hatchback 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2016 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