Consumer Reviews Summary
29 of 30 (96%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Mazda Mazda3 Overview
The 2013 Mazda Mazda3 is a compact vehicle that offers good driving feel and handling to go with excellent fuel economy thanks to an efficient SKYACTIV drivetrain.
Similar to the Ford Focus, the Mazda3 is offered in two variants, a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. Changes for 2013 include the addition of the SKYACTIV engine/transmission to the i Sport sedan and a USB port/driver information system to i Sport, i Touring, and i Grand Touring trims. Air condition is standard now across all trim levels.
Exterior styling is unchanged; the familiar “smiley-face” grille is still splashed across the front of the Mazda3. If equipped with the SKYACTIV engine, the Mazda3 adds blue accents around the headlights and extra badging in the rear as well as a blue engine cover. Fog lights, HID headlights, a rear spoiler, and a power moonroof are available.
Under the hood, the Mazda3 offers three different engines. The base engine which is only found in the base i SV trim is a 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Up next is the efficient SKYACTIV engine, a 155-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that utilizes higher compression and a pair of six-speed transmissions (manual or automatic) to offer the best fuel economy of the bunch. Lastly, a more powerful 167-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder can be found in Grand Touring models.
Fuel economy ratings are topped by the SKYACTIV engine and the automatic, checking in at 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway for the sedan, while the five-door hatchback gets 28/39 mpg city/highway. Opting for the manual lowers each of these figures by one.
Inside, the Mazda3 got upgraded materials in a refresh last year and those comfort upgrades carry over into this year. Standard features include air conditioning, auxiliary audio input jack, and satellite radio. The Mazda3 can also be outfitted with plenty of technology, with Bluetooth connectivity, USB input, HD Radio, and a navigation system with a 5.8-inch screen that accepts voice commands. Also offered are leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats.
The Mazda3 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and offers antilock brakes, electronic stability system and traction control, and six airbags standard. A blind spot warning system and adaptive headlights are also available.
If you’re looking for a compact car that’s interesting to drive and gets great fuel economy, then the 2013 Mazda3 is right up your alley.