Looking for a Used MAZDA3 in your area?

CarGurus has 18,165 nationwide MAZDA3 listings starting at $1,100.


2018 Mazda MAZDA3 Overview

The Mazda3 has always stood out among compact vehicles. While competitors were focused on efficiency and maximum space, Mazda’s little compact was more about driving dynamics and good style. That didn’t change when the third-generation Mazda3 debuted in 2014, nor when it received a subtle refresh in 2017. For 2018, it gets minimal changes.

Mazda continues to offer the Mazda3 in both sedan and hatchback configuration. As compact cars go, it’s handsome and clean. The lines and proportions almost fool one into thinking it’s a much more pedigreed car than it is. And it helps that Mazda offers it in eye-catching colors like Soul Red Metallic and Eternal Blue Mica. Inside, the theme carries over from the front, with a tasteful blend of modern shapes and function and a high regard toward ergonomics.

The Mazda3 gets its power from one of two engines, a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, and an uprated 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder that bumps things up to a nearly-square 184 hp and 185 lb-ft. Both engines are exclusively available in front-wheel-drive configuration, but allow buyers to select either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Fuel economy for the 2.0-liter is rated at 28 mpg city and 37 highway, versus 27 and 36 for the bigger 2.5-liter. In all configurations, reviewers say the Mazda3 provides plenty of driving excitement, handling at the top of its class and relaying all the right tactile information. The favored choice for this is, of course, the 2.5-liter and 6-speed manual transmission combination.

All three former trims, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring, return for both body styles. Sport, the entry-level trim comes well-equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, power-folding side mirrors, a 7-inch touch-screen display, and keyless start. Touring ups the game with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlamps, dual-zone climate control, a powered driver’s seat, leatherette upholstery and rain-sensing wipers. A rear spoiler is new for 2018. Finally, Grand Touring models get leather upholstery, Bose audio system, a color instrument panel LCD, and a power sunroof. For 2018, there are also full-LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights.

Every Mazda3 comes with a standard reversing camera and six airbags: driver and passenger frontal and side units, and side curtain units for both rows. For 2018, Mazda has chosen to make its i-Activsense safety suite part of the Premium Equipment Package for Grand Touring models, bringing with it adaptive front lighting, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and traffic sign recognition. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the Mazda3 in 2017, where it earned top ratings in all crash categories and crash-avoidance tests, and the agency’s coveted Top Safety Pick + award.

The Mazda3 continues the brand’s tradition of bring truly sporting capabilities to ordinary segments, along with good looks and sophisticated technology. Even into its fifth year on the market, the model remains competitive when many of its competitors are newer to the market. For the buyer looking to graduate from a Miata or some other purpose-built sports car without losing all of the fun, look no further than the well-rounded Mazda3.


Kyree is new to the automotive journalism scene, but has voiced snarky public opinions about cars for quite some time. When he's not drooling over the latest European luxury sled, he's designing web experiences or writing backend code.

What's your take on the 2018 Mazda MAZDA3?

2018 Mazda MAZDA3 Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2018 Mazda MAZDA3 against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

Have you driven a 2018 Mazda MAZDA3?  
Rank This Car

Looking for a Used MAZDA3 in your area?

CarGurus has 18,165 nationwide MAZDA3 listings starting at $1,100.

Have questions?   Ask a question

Mazda MAZDA3 Questions

Mazda 3 1.5 AT 2018 Short Whistle Sound During Transmission Switch From 2nd...

Hello all. I have a problem with my new Mazda 3 1.5 AT 2018, I hear whistle (sounds like a turbo blow-off valve) during transmission switch from 2nd to 3d, every day and after every traffic light. But...

Car Engine Stalls While Driving Then Starts Back Up

My 2018 Mazda 3 engine sometimes stalls while I'm driving it, then starts back up a couple of seconds later. All the lights on the dashboard come on, the power steering goes out, headlights, every...

Selling Car

How can I sell a finance car to other.

High Idling On A New Car

I have a brand new 2018 Mazda, never owned, never driven... So, why does it idle high when I turn it on? It goes straight to 3 and it sounds pretty loud... Like a rattling sound. It goes down withi...

Bait And Switch Pricing

What should I do when the dealer I've requested information from immediately changes the price listed on this website for the vehicle I've expressed interested in?