Mazda 3 2020
Carsguide Family reviewer Nedahl Stelio had this to say at the time: The Mazda3 G20 Touring sedan is a good small car that can be used for a family either as a main car if that's what you prefer and also works really well as a second family car. It looks good, with a simple and stylish interior, drives well and has good safety and technology.You can read the full review here.
This is what Nedahl Stelio liked most about this particular version of the Mazda 3: Advanced safety, Value for money, Rear air vents
The Mazda 3 2020 comes in a Hatchback and Sedan and competes with similar models like the Toyota Corolla, Kia Cerato and Volkswagen Golf in the Under $30k category category.
The 2020 Mazda 3 carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1200 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.
The Mazda 3 is also known as the Mazda Axela (Japan and China) in markets outside Australia.
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Mazda 3 2020 Price and Specs
|Mazda 3 Model||Body Type||Specs||Price|
|G20 Evolve||Hatchback||2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO||$27,940|
|G20 Evolve||Hatchback||2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN||$26,940|
|G20 Evolve Vision||Hatchback||2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO||$29,440|
|G20 Evolve Vision||Hatchback||2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN||$28,440|
|G20 Evolve||Sedan||2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO||$27,940|
|G20 Evolve||Sedan||2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN||$26,940|
|G20 Evolve Vision||Sedan||2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO||$29,440|
|G20 Evolve Vision||Sedan||2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN||$28,440|
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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.
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.
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.
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.