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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 User Reviews

2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 64 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 28 reviews
"fuel economy" 23 reviews
"handling" 20 reviews
"power" 18 reviews
"speed" 11 reviews
CONS
"power" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"small power" 3 reviews
"radio" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews

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Taylor writes:
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring Review
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5

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Unsurpassed Performance for the Price

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Quite a few plastic parts secured by more plastic parts.

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If You Want Fun And Fuel Efficient, Get This Car! — Mine has the Velocity Red which is a Japanese color only. The steering is so tight it feels like it rides on rails. I can even efficiently maneuver on gravel roads without fear of losing control. I wish I could have gotten a manual, but less than 15% of all 3's are manual. The 4 speed automatic has a couple large power gaps in downshifting causing it to get sluggish. It has loads of pep from a dig, even with the 2.0L motor. The engine compartment has plenty of room to maneuver around the motor but the Air filter box is nearly impossible to get too especially since plastic pieces attached to it from the frame are attached with plastic screws that strip very very easily. The Auto Clutch manual is fun to use sometimes and it helps with decelerating in slick or icy conditions. It has the shortest 60-0 braking time in it's class blowing every other car out of the water. It is a little heavy for a compact car, but it has more safety features in its construction and engineering than the others. The projector head lights turn night into day and provide excellent visibility. The interior has sharp looking seats, 3 point steering wheel with convenience buttons, and a very slick looking dash. I drive it aggressively most of the time and i still average 28 MPG. The gas light turns on at about 300 miles. I would recommend this car for anyone who is looking for a Fuel Efficient and Fun car to drive. Zoom Zoom!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Davis writes:
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Review
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Zoom Zoom FTD = Fun to Drive

Cons

The noises it has everywhere

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Mazda3 Rev.. — Its quick responsive, the handling is exceptional, too bad its a 1.6L instead of a 2.0L, cheap for the details it has included, although a lot of rattles, but the quality of the materials seems good. The car has a sporty yet traditional look. Maintenance is a bit high, but its affordable and the gas mileage is above average. Sure is a fun to drive car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cortney writes:
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring Hatchback Review
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fast, fun, and gas friendly.

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I WANT IT BACK!!!!!!

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3 Is The Charm — I bought this car at Carmax in January. It was a black 2.3 with a 5 speed manual. loaded and lots of fun to look at. got behind the whell I was in love. It wasn't hard to see why Mazda always markets their things with "zoom-zoom" you punched the throttle and it went. Now I can't say how fast I got it up to a couple times "cough120cough" No matter how you drove it, it seemed to want more and be comfortable. It never guzzeled gas either it just sipped at the tank. I think the estimates were off on MPG as I often found my calculator reading 30+ even in more city then highway mixed driving. If your a fan of hot hatch...try and 3 and tell me I'm wrong.

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Vernon writes:
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring Hatchback Review
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Fun to drive

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Gas mileage

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Like My Mazda 3, Not Love Just Like. — Lots of pickup for a small car. Handles very well, very sporty. Gas mileage can be good if you drive it reasonably. Interior only available in black when I bought it, so it gets a little warm in there. This car is very fun to drive. Would recommend to anyone looking for an inexpensive yet fun car.

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Tony writes:
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 i Review
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smooth

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noisy when ac comes on

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Mazda — car is peppy and quality is great. gas mileage a plus. this car is exceptional when taking corners at high speeds. car may be a little noisy at startup (tingy soung). much more efficient than a v-6 of same size. interior is very well laid out. comfy for long rides

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Lizz writes:
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring Hatchback Review
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5

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size, handling, reliability, space, comfort, ride

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customer service w/ mazda, stock radio, no factory tint.

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Mazda3 Rocks — HATE the stock radio, but who the hell cares about that! It s a great car! Way better than my Civic, although my civic was better on gas. I love this car. No problems at all. Its totally reliable, its big enough for my son's carseats, but small enough I dont feel like I'm in a SUV or a freakin' minivan. I have had no troubles with it what so ever.

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Krishant writes:
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Hatchback Review
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5

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handling, styling, performance, features, build quality.

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mp3 player is not standard.

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The Biggest Bang For Your Buck, All In One Value And Performance! — The car handles really well, huge brakes, and real peppy. Something you wouldn't expect out of a 4cyl compact car. All for a better value than a Civic Si, and for more power check out the 263hp mazdaspeed3

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Dennis writes:
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring Hatchback Review
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Everything above.  Also it looks and feels expensive.

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Too much road noise.  Not enough road feel through steering.  Less low-end torque than you'd expect from this much displacement.  Seat bottom is a little short and does not tilt up at the front.  Biggest beef is just that second gear is too tall---this makes for a 7.1 second 0-60 time 'cause you don't have to shift into 3rd to get to 60, and is nice for loafing around town without shifting, but when driving hard, acceleration briefly drops off a cliff in second unless you redline it in first.  I'd kinda prefer a slower car on paper in exchange for a faster one in the real world...give me a shorter second gear.

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A Miata With A Dog Compartment. — Good power, amazing handling, terrific brakes, tons of cargo room, comfy ride, always-perfect steering effort, nice gearbox, very good headlights, cool styling inside and out, reasonably economical given that I drive like a maniac, base stereo ain't bad, nifty trip computer (yes, there's a hack to make it work even if you didn't pay for the GT).

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Brendan writes:
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring Hatchback Review
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5

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Swift, Economical, Unique

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Body Integrity Lacking, High End Acceleration

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Balance Of Badassery And Economy. — It may not be the fastest car on the road, but it definitely has the pep it needs to hold its own. The balance between this pep and the fact that 35 mpg is not unattainable make this car ideal. Definitely a winner for less than $20k. The 3 is a small car for sure, but the hatchback has the room it needs. The maneuverability of this car is responsive and punchy. It does have a good deal of body roll but that just takes some getting used to.

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Essais writes:
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring Review
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5

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Mileage CHAMP: 40+ on warm days, flat roads at 65 with a/c on!  Never below 34 MPG, except while towing sailboat (28-30 over continental divide) or loaded trailer (30 with scooter on heavy trailer), best case was 45 MPG mathematical (not just on the mileage computer);  Cloth interior door panels give better feel to the car, maybe make it quieter;  No service on two M3s for 70k and 85k miles, oil changed every 3k-4k miles. Good in snow and ice.  Fun to drive, even on cross-country highways.

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Sorry.  None.  My preference is efficiency, and this car is IT!  Can tow light trailers 10% of the time and have plenty of pep the other 90%.  Same for back seat legroom limitation.  

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Efficient Use Of The Planets Resources And Man's Auto Technologies — Replaced a 2000 Passat with 2006 M3. Liked it so much, my wife wanted a 2007 M3. Now at 70k miles and 85k miles respectively (I drive less often). Both are 5-speed manual for fun; both are mileage champions (see Pros). Replaced original Toyo tires at 40k with Michelin X-ice tires for use in Idaho ice and snow (not deep, just frigid). 45k miles on X-ice tires. Original brakes still have 1/8" left. No dealer services required. I change oil frequently, and these cars are still like new. Selling to my kids after college for $1.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2014 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Cool, Fun And Utilitiarian But Pricy By abdullahhusen

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2013 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Nice By Kelly

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2012 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Zoom Zoom With Some Issues That Can Easily Be Overlooked. By mikeandmelaniem

As stated car is really fun to drive--though it would be better if I had more room. Smooth shifting six speed manual transmission. There is a little road noise, but overall the ride is faily comfort... Read More

Zoom Zoom 3 Is Fun To Drive By Mike

No space for rear passengers, console area very limited for storage, mileage is good, but not what's advertised, need more leg and head room for tall drivers, otherwise a nice car at a very reasonable... Read More

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2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Great For Those Looking For A Compact Car With An Edge By LeastCreative

After researching and test driving many different compact cars I narrowed the search down to a few Asian brands: Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and Mazda. While all of the brands provided reliable vehicles w... Read More

Black 2008 Mazda3 Hatch By pcrtr83

Great car! Bought it new and have never had an issue with it! Would highly recommend Mazda! Have added an aftermarket head unit with Nav and Bluetooth and tinted the windows. Has the 2.3L in it an... Read More

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Great Car, Fun To Drive By joshuadenham

This is a fantastic car. I love the way it looks inside and out. The slogan "zoom zoom" definitely applies and makes the car fun to drive. It has great modern features like bluetooth technology for ce... Read More

Awesome! By idaddiva

nothing. i love this car., it is so fun to drive. I save a lot of money on gas. fuel consumption 33mpg. good handling and power. easy to maneuver. sporty look nice accessories. however easily scratch... Read More

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