2016 Mazda Mazda3

2016 Mazda Mazda3

2016 Mazda Mazda3


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 29 mpg City, 41 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 155 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

Mazda's goal with the Mazda3 has always been to offer the most fun-to-drive compact car on the market. The Mazda3 directly competes with some of the best-selling cars on the road, including the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla and the Hyundai Elantra. With a starting base price below $18,000, the Mazda3 is competitively priced while still maintaining enough upscale features to feel like a much more expensive car. With a sportier and more direct driving feel than its competitors, the Mazda3 is able to do everything typically asked of a compact, while still putting a smile on the face of drivers.

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What's New For 2016

The Mazda3 is unchanged for 2016, though Mazda have added a couple of optional equipment packages to the vehicle for this year. A preferred equipment package is now available on the base Sport trim, adding 16-inch alloy wheels, nicer seat upholstery, heated, power mirrors with built in turn signals, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, rear cross traffic alert and a blind spot warning system. Meanwhile, on the mid-level Touring trim, a new popular equipment package is also available for 2016. It includes a premium Bose 9-speaker stereo, SiriusXM satellite radio and a dual-zone climate control system. A backup camera is also standard for 2016.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Mazda Mazda3

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Blind Spot Sensor
    • and Rear Collision
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Real-Time Traffic Display
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Regular Amplifier
    • 9 Bose Speakers
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Steering Wheel Controls and Voice Activation
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD/HD w/Single CD -inc: digital clock, auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth hands free phone and audio and 2 USB audio input, Bose Surround Sound System, 9-speakers, Centerpoint 2 and AudioPilot 2, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, roof-mounted shark fin antenna and 4-month subscription, MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment System, voice-command, E911 automatic emergency notification, 7" full-color touch-screen display, multi-function Commander control, Pandora, Aha and Stitcher internet radio integration, Radio Broadcast Data System program information and SMS text message audio delivery and reply, Mazda Navigation System
  • Exterior Features
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Express Open Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Tires: P205/60R16 AS SBR -inc: T125/70D16 spare tire
    • Wheels: 16" x 6.5J Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Reclining Front Bucket Seats -inc: adjustable front and rear headrests, whiplash-reducing active front headrests and 6-way power driver's seat w/manual lumbar adjustment
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Piano Black Door Panel Insert, Piano Black Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leatherette Seat Trim
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder -inc: variable valve timing
    • Transmission: 6-Speed SKYACTIV-MT Manual
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.85 Axle Ratio
    • 60-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 100 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.4
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.4
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 100
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 155 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 150 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 180.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.3
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.4
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 6.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 96.3
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.6
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.2
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.5
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.8
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.4
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.5
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 33
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 41
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Mazda Mazda3
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P205/60HR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/60HR16
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.36
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.95
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.30
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.03
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.84
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.68
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.38
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.85
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2869
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Blue Reflex Mica Deep Crystal Blue Mica Jet Black Mica Titanium Flash Mica
  • Blue Reflex Mica
  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Titanium Flash Mica

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Mazda3 is a distinctive compact. Both the sedan and hatchback designs show flair, and the driving experience is fun. When you add safety and value, you’ve got a contender. The Mazda3 is a driver’s car, like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

Mazda3 offers a choice of powertrains: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, built by Mazda. The Mazda3 was redesigned for 2014, including the suspension and steering system.

There isn’t that much difference between the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter, which is a big compliment to the 2.0. The 2.0i is quick enough, and gains one or two mpg over the 2.5s. The engines have the same smooth personality through their entire range. However, the benefit to the 2.5s is its torque; it makes 185 pound-feet of torque at 3250 rpm, while the 2.0-liter makes 150 lb-ft at 4000 rpm. This means the 2.5s is stronger under acceleration, and can better pull the automatic transmission.

Equipment is improved for 2016, with more available popular features, and a lower price for the base 2016 Mazda3. A rearview camera is standard. One interesting feature is the i-ELOOP system, part of the Tech Package on the top Grand Touring model. A super capacitor gathers energy generated by deceleration and braking, and uses it to help power the car’s electrical components.

The Mazda3 earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, thanks partly to six standard airbags.


The Mazda3 comes in base SV, Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring models. Between sedan and hatchback, 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter, and manual or automatic transmission, there are nearly 20 combinations and models, ranging from the manual SV sedan ($16,945), to the 2.0-liter i Sport sedan with a manual transmission ($17,845), to the 2.5-liter s Grand Touring hatchback automatic ($26,495). The hatchback is about $600 more than the sedan, the automatic about $1000 more than the manual. (All prices are MSRP.)


Mazda calls its design language Kodo, or soul of motion, and the Mazda3, especially the hatchback, is one of the most eye-catching compact cars out there.

The contemporary design looks like it was influenced by a sports car, maybe the BMW Z4 because the hood is so long, like it came off the Mazda6 sedan. It’s got a blunt front end, aggressive grille, thin sweeping headlamps, that long hood with rearward A-pillars, and a rearward cab. It’s quite aerodynamic.

The shoulder line along the sides sweeps back gracefully, with crisp edges and gentle curves, leading to pointed taillights. The roofline has a hint of fastback that ends in a softly rounded hatch. It looks svelte and sexy. Yet for all the long curves, it still looks taut.


That long hood steals some from interior space, and the roofline steals some from cargo space in the hatchback. Good legroom remains in the supportive front seats, but the roofline brings the ceiling down in the rear of the hatchback.

The cockpit is focused on the driver, with the controls thoughtfully located on both sides of the steering wheel where the driver can easily reach them. The instrumentation looks high tech, again not like your everyday compact. There’s a large central analog cluster with wings that display digital information. There’s an available Active Driving Display that’s like a head-up display, rising from the dash and showing speed, turn-by-turn directions, and more.

The trim on the center stack and doors is glossy black, which looks cheap despite satin chrome highlights.

A big and colorful touch screen on the dash controls infotainment functions. Unlike in the Mazda6 sedan and CX-5 crossover, it’s quick, and easy to navigate. If you don’t want to use the touch screen, it can be operated with the rotary Command Controller.

Mazda’s latest systems include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning alert, and auto high/low beam headlamps. There’s also an alert if the car is closing too quickly on something, and a Smart City Brake Support system that applies the brakes at up to 19 mph if it thinks you’re going to hit something.

One unusual mechanical design is the gas pedal, which is hinged at the bottom. We like it; it’s more comfortable.

Driving Impressions

The driving experience is very satisfying overall with the athletic Mazda3. On paper, the power with the 2.5-liter engine isn’t the best in the class. However, with either engine or transmission, the responsiveness is better than that of most compact cars, as the driver is never caught without enough power. The throttle response is consistent, unlike some cars that sometimes are either too slow or too quick on the draw with the gas pedal.

The handling dynamics are excellent in hairpins, the suspension doesn’t allow much body motion, and the disc brakes inspire confidence. However there’s a lot of noise and harshness in the cabin.

The electric power steering is one of the better systems in this class. It feels precise most of the time, with a strong sense of center at lower speeds but not on the freeway where the steering requires adjustments from the driver. Also, on steeply crowned roads, it doesn’t do well.

The transmissions seem well-suited to the engines. The manual gearbox is neat and precise like the automatic, with a clutch that’s easy and clean. Mazda3 2.5s comes with the 6-speed automatic, and paddles for shifting, which is great because the transmission shifts with the precision and confidence of a dual-clutch system. There’s a tall overdrive that keeps the rpm down near 2000 at 70 mph. However the ratios leave a noticeable gap between first and second.

There is a Sport mode for quicker throttle response and later gearshifts. That Sport mode also relaxes the stability control, giving the driver more control over the car when driving hard.


To get a car like this for less than $18,000 is a thing of beauty. The options are nice, but the heart and meat of a Mazda is the mechanical engineering, and with a Mazda3 Sport, you get all that. We like the hatchback with the 2.0-liter and 6-speed manual and we like the 2.5-liter and 6-speed automatic.

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