Mazda Mazda3

Price $15,995 – $26,995
Fuel consumption 5.7 – 9.3 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 77%(view ratings)
When it first hit the market, the Mazda3 (then called the Protégé) had difficulty carving out a place for itself among compact cars. Today, it’s dominating the segment ahead of the Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus! Its two four-cylinder engines (2.0 and 2.5 litres) represent a good compromise between sportiness and fuel economy. This Mazda starts at $17,690 and comes as either a sedan or hatchback. What more could you ask for?

Detailed ratings

The Car Guide rating 77%
Driving 8/10
Safety 8/10
Interior 7/10
Reliability 8/10
Winter driving 8/10
Comfort 7/10

What's new in 2015

No major change


  • Kiss boredom good-bye
  • Exciting handling
  • Good drivetrains
  • Noticeable savings
  • Solid body


  • Limited trunk space (5-door sport version)
  • Laughable horn
  • Light steering at low speed
  • Little storage space