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2014 Mazda 3 Review : LT4

Our long-term Mazda 3 returns to its maker, but do we have a tear in our collective eye?

2015 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina Review

I liked, but didn't love the last 2.0-litre Mazda 3 I drove. Will the SP25 with a larger 2.5-litre engine sway me?

Mazda 3 Review : LT3

If you’ve followed the first two updates on our Mazda 3 Maxx long-termer (read them here and here), you’ll know that the very fact that I’m writing this third instalment rather than the car’s official custodian, Dan, is significant...

Small car comparison : Mazda 3 v Peugeot 308 v Volkswagen Golf

Definitions shift over time, none more so in the automotive landscape than with the term ‘people’s car’. What once referred to a German Beetle, French 2CV or an Indian Tata bringing motoring to their respective masses can also be placed in an Australian context...

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Mazda 3 Comparisons

Small car comparison : Mazda 3 v Peugeot 308 v Volkswagen Golf

Definitions shift over time, none more so in the automotive landscape than with the term ‘people’s car’. What once referred to a German Beetle, French 2CV or an Indian Tata bringing motoring to their respective masses can also be placed in an Australian context...

Audi A3 COD v Mazda 3 XD Astina : Comparison review

Not long ago the price difference between a Japanese small car and a premium-badged German was sizeable. Not too far into the past, either, diesel engines trumped petrols for fuel efficiency. Yet here we have the Mazda 3 XD Astina that is the flagship of the popular small car range, priced from $42,220 plus on-road costs in automatic form, running a twin-turbo diesel that claims to drink 5...

Sporty small hatch comparison : Mazda 3 v Ford Focus v Holden Cruze v Hyundai i30 v Nissan Pulsar

Almost anyone can throw on a pair of gym shorts and runners and look reasonably sporting in the checkout line at Coles, and the same is true with cars – the addition of alloy wheels, a spoiler and foglights can suddenly make your small hatchback look at least a bit athletic. As ever, though, it's the muscles beneath the clothes that counts...

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Mazda 3 Owner Reviews

2009 Mazda 3 Mps Review

The 2009 BL Mazda3 MPS makes use of the same MZR 2300cc turbocharged four cylinder engine with direct injection as seen in the earlier BK Mazda3 MPS and the AWD Mazda6 MPS. It is available only with a six-speed manual transmission. Performance is certainly the MPS’ strongest point, and is sure to keep the enthusiast driver well entertained on every journey...

2010 Mazda 3 Sp25 Review

Bought Max 3 sp25 two weeks ago downsized from Territory. Absolutely noticed how economic it is. Looks sporty and gets people's attention. Love all the dash and inbuilt sat nav. Find everything is easy to use and set up. Hatch area is generous could use another light in side wall. Rear passenger area is tighter than expected and only comfortable for two passengers...

2014 Mazda 3 SP25 Review

I purchased my Mazda 3 SP25 auto hatch in May 2014. Before I proceed with my review, I think it's important to understand how and what I use the car for. I live with my partner in Canberra with our two dogs and drive mainly to work and to Sydney a few times each year. The car's computer reports an average fuel consumption of 7...

2015 Mazda 3 SP25 Review

How did I end up with a Mazda 3 SP25? Let me start from the beginning. I needed a car that was more economical and practical. Also, I wanted a car with more gadgets and performance than what my old Honda Accord could offer. I had recently taken a holiday and drove a Nissan Pulsar hatch as a hire car - I quickly marked that off that list as I didn’t like it at all...

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Mazda 3 Videos

Mazda 3 Maxx Review

The Mazda 3 is the most popular privately purchased car in Australia and has not only proven itself a dependable performer since going on sale last year – it’s also more comfortable and tech-savvy than ever before. You can get the Mazda 3 in a sedan, or as we have here, a hatchback...

Mazda 3 Video Review 2014

Jez Spinks takes an in-depth look at the all-new Mazda 3 hatch and sedan.

Mazda 3 Video First Drive

Swap out of the old Mazda 3 and into the new Mazda 3 and it feels as though the fast-forward button has been pressed through not one, but two generations...

Mazda3 Video Review

the Mazda3 is Australia's best-selling vehicle. So what's all the fuss about?

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Mazda 3 News

Mazda 3 Neo : Boss defends lack of reverse-view camera; says kids shouldn't be on driveways

The boss of Mazda Australia has defended his company’s decision not to equip the entry-level Mazda 3 with a standard reverse-view camera, saying that drivers need to take more care and parents need to keep children out of driveways...

2015 Mazda 3 pricing and specifications : Features up, prices down by up to $1150

All variants in the 2015 Mazda 3 range have either been repositioned with lower prices or gained extra standard features as the Japanese brand continues its aggressive start to the year. Price cuts of between $600 and $1150 apply to all Mazda 3 sedan and hatch variants from the second-tier Maxx up, while the entry-level Neo gains over $1200 in value while retaining its previous pricing...

Mazda 3 XD Astina : 420Nm diesel launches from $40,230

Mazda Australia has launched a new flagship grade of its small car and most popular model, the Mazda 3 XD Astina, priced from $40,230. That’s for the six-speed manual version of the 2.2-litre twin-turbocharged diesel model that is available in a single range-topping grade and hatchback variant, with a six-speed automatic the only ($2000) option...

Mazda 3 diesel coming to Australia in September

A diesel-powered Mazda 3 hatchback has been confirmed to go on sale locally in September. Mazda had previously ruled out an oil-burning variant due to an apparent lack of demand, but the Japanese company has now confirmed the new diesel model - known as the Mazda 3 XD Astina - will make it to market after all. The new model is powered by the same 2...

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Mazda 3 Galleries

2014 Mazda 3 Review : LT4

2014 Mazda 3 Review : LT4

2015 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina Review

2015 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina Review

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