Mazda 3 Pricing and Specs
Pricing is identical for either hatchback or sedan body styles, while two engines are also on offer – the entry-level 114kW/200Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder found in G20-badged versions, as well as the top-shelf 139kW/252Nm 2.5-litre four pot of the G25.
Five grades are offered across the Mazda 3 line-up – Pure, Evolve, Touring, GT and Astina – with the 2.0-litre engine only available in the first three variants, while the 2.5-litre motor is accessible in the top two versions as well as the Evolve.
Standard equipment in the Pure includes 16-inch wheels, an 8.0-inch multimedia screen, reversing camera, head-up display, push-button start, blind-spot monitor, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.
Stepping up to the Evolve adds 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control and the brand’s G-Vectoring Control Plus, while the Touring gains keyless entry, power-adjustable driver’s seat and leather trim.
Heated seats and steering wheel, as well as a 12-speaker Bose sound system, is added to GT grades, while unique 18-inch wheels, a surround-view monitor, adaptive LED headlights, front parking sensors and a sunroof is fitted to the top-spec Astina.
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Mazda 3 FAQs
Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda 3 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
What is the best small car for under $30000?
You don't need to spend $30,000 to get a great small car to run around town in. A Suzuki Swift GL Navigator from $17,690 plus on-road costs ($1000 more for the auto) makes for an excellent choice, with a surprisingly roomy interior, a refined, frugal and lively engine, great handling and superb reliability. Great value for money, in other words.
Moving on from there, to the next size up and in our order of preference, are the Mazda 3, Ford Focus Active, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla Hatch, Honda Civic (turbo only) and Subaru Impreza. All are quality small cars that should fit the bill perfectly.
There's also merit in considering a small SUV, chiefly because their higher roofline and loftier seating positions make them easier to get in and out as well as see out of. Our value pick is the Kia Seltos S with Safety Pack. The Mazda CX-30 and Toyota C-HR are also high-quality and refined choices, though they're right at the cusp of your budget so you may have to search for a discounted demo model. Going small SUV does mean extra outlay, but they do generally offer better resale value, as their popularity seems endless.
As you can see, there's lots of choice, so take your time, drive the ones you like the look of, and see which feels best. Out of scores of alternatives, these 10 are our top recommendations at under $30K.Show more
Why does the tyre pressure light keep coming on in my 2019 Mazda 3?
The symptoms you’re experiencing all sound like they have something to do with the body computer(s) on the car. So it’s conceivable that a bad batch of computers on Mazda’s production line could affect more than one car. And if that’s the case, you’ve just been unlucky. That said, Mazda is not exactly a stranger to body computer glitches, and Mazda 3 built between 2015 and 2017 were, in fact, recalled to fix just such a problem that was affecting the operation of the windscreen wipers.
If you’re unhappy with Mazda’s approach, you can contact the ACCC to try to organise a resolution. But if the second car is only throwing up bogus tyre-pressure alerts and hasn’t started having other problems yet, then you should give Mazda the chance to put it right. The other problems may never develop, but if they do, I reckon you’d have a decent moral case for getting your money back. That said, Australia doesn’t have the `lemon laws’ that, say, the USA, has so getting a refund is not a simple matter.Show more
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.Show more