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2016 Mazda Mazda3 Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Available as a sedan (four-door) or hatchback (five-door)
  • Up to 41 mpg on the highway
  • Adds a standard backup camera and new options packages for 2016
In a crowded compact segment, the 2016 Mazda Mazda3 offers a mix of driving engagement and fuel economy that helps it to stand out from the crowd.

The Mazda3 is now two years removed from its big redesign in 2014 which brought the current styling seen today. For the new model year, it adds a backup camera to the standard features list and expands the available options packages, with a new Preferred Equipment Package for i Sport models and a Popular Equipment Package for Touring models. The Mazda3 is available in six trim levels: SV, Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring.

Mazda’s latest design language, called “Kodo,” is written across the Mazda3’s face. It gives the compact  a sharp, aggressive look that stands out, especially in the front where a large shield-like grille and thin headlight clusters add a dash of much needed menace. The Mazda3 is still offered in two body styles, sedan and a hatchback style for those who want a bit more practicality out of their vehicle. 16-inch wheels come standard with 18-inch wheels optional. Also available are LED daytime running lights, a power moonroof, and active grille shutters that close at highway speeds to reduce drag and improve fuel economy.

Under the hood, the Mazda3 offers a pair of four-cylinder engine options. The base engine, found in
“i” models, is a 155-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while “s” models get a larger 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Both come mated a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Mazda’s i-ELOOP system is available on Mazda3’s with the larger engine; it recaptures energy during braking and stores it to be used by the electrical systems in the cabin, increasing efficiency. Adding i-ELOOP increased fuel economy slightly to 29/40 mpg city/highway from 28/39 mpg. The best fuel economy however comes from the base engine, in tandem with the automatic transmission, returning 30/41 mpg.

Inside, the Mazda3’s cabin is highlighted by a seven-inch touchscreen sits high on the dash and is controlled by a small knob found in the center console, similar to the setup found in many luxury cars. This system is standard on all Mazda3s except for the base SV trim level. Standard features including air conditioning, power windows/locks, a USB port, and push button start. HD radio and Bluetooth connectivity are available, as are dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a navigation system.

The Mazda3 excelled in crash testing, earning a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS (for models with front crash prevention technology) and a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control. The Mazda3 also offers an extensive list of optional safety technology including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts, lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, Smart City Brake Support, and adaptive front lighting.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 25 - 29 MPG
  • Highway: 35 - 41 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

40 of 41 (97%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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