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2018 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport hatch review

The Mazda 3 is a firm favourite with Aussie buyers, and now with added equipment and a lower drive-away price for the Maxx Sport version, its value is better than ever.

2019 Mazda 3 review: Australian quick drive

The new Mazda 3 hatch is a bold, well-equipped small car that in flagship Atenza grade aims very high indeed. It certainly ticks the right boxes when it comes to desirability, though people after a cheap entry point will need to look elsewhere.

2019 Mazda 3 review

The new 2019 Mazda 3 has a tough task ahead of it in a competitive segment that continues to grow at pace. New Corolla, i30 and Cerato to name a few, will form the backbone of the competition facing Mazda's redesigned small car.

2018 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina review

The top-spec Mazda 3 has just about everything you could want in a small car, but is it worth similar money to an Audi A3?

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Mazda 3 Videos

Review: 2019 Mazda 3 first drive

After a brief drive on foreign roads in cars that aren’t quite exactly like what we’ll end up with, is the 2019 Mazda 3 still positioned to be a segment favourite? While we don’t know final model grades – or pricing – yet, I think it’s a strong contender. We’ll let you know what those prices and grades are as soon as we can...

Honda Civic VTi-LX v Mazda 3 SP25 Astina Comparison

This comparison proves that buying what everybody else buys isn't always the best idea. Which of these two popular small cars should you consider? Paul Maric has the answer.

Mazda SkyActiv-X review

The Japanese brand’s dominance in Australia – as the second best-selling manufacturer – is very much an anomaly on the world stage...

Mazda Old v New: 2017 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina v 1980 323 De-Luxe

See the full article here. The opportunity to dig deep into motoring history and to experience it first hand can be as frightening as it’s possibly enlightening. In the case of Mazda Australia’s recent 40th Anniversary of the company's Small Car shindig, it was both. And thanks to an unforeseen person twist, for me at least, it was memorable in more ways than I’d anticipated...

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Mazda 3 Comparisons

2019 Toyota Corolla v Hyundai i30 v Mazda 3 comparison

It’s fair to presume a couple of things when you consider that non-premium small cars are amongst the biggest-selling – make that the biggest-selling – passenger cars out there. And it’s also easy to presume that you don’t get much goodness for your modest spend...

2018 Honda Civic v Mazda 3 comparison

Do you hate being stuck in traffic jams? Yeah, me too. But, if you're going to be driving a small hatchback, why suffer in an entry-level model? This is where moving up in the model range changes a traffic jam from a chore to a treat. So, if you have around $35,000 burning a hole in your pocket, which premium hatchback should you go for? We lined up the 2018 Honda Civic VTi-LX and the 2018 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina to see which one deserves your hard-earned cash...

Small hatch comparison

For all the hoo-ha about booming sales of SUVs, the so-called 'small car' segment remains the market's most popular, still accounting for almost 20 per cent of all new vehicles sold in Australia. Of this, the majority are hatchbacks instead of three-box sedans, which draw people in based on their improved practicality and generally less conservative design approaches...

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Mazda 3 News

CarAdvice podcast 141: We drive the Ford Falcon Holy Grail!

This week Mandy Turner is in Sydney for the EV mega test – listen out for the EV podcast special! – and is joined on the panel by Trent Nikolic and Tony Crawford. Geza emailed us at podcast@caradvice.com to ask if he should chip tune his 2014 Kia Rondo, used to haul the family and a camper trailer...

2019 Mazda 3 pricing and specs

Mazda Australia has taken the bold decision to push its new 3 sedan and hatch upmarket, responding to what it calls customer demand for ritzier choices in the small car space. The new-generation model sports slinkier and cleaner design, makes improvements in ride comfort and noise-suppression, and packs a wallop when it comes to standard active safety and high-tech interior features...

New Mazda 3 costs more, and will sell less

Mazda Australia has justified its decision to push the new-generation 3 hatch and sedan models further upmarket – greatly increasing the price of entry in return for a substantial amount of extra equipment – by suggesting it’s simply following customer trends...

Top 5: New cars spied this year

2018 is officially over. It’s time for sunshine and (a sometimes rose-tinted) reflection on the year gone by. Here at CarAdvice, we’re taking the chance to look back at some of the most interesting, exciting and downright strange stories published this year. Here are the spy photos that most excited you during the year...

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Mazda 3 Owner Reviews

2018 Mazda 3 Neo Sport review

I upgraded from a two-year-old Hyundai i30 to the Mazda 3. I've wanted a cute red Mazda 3 for years, and now I've got one. However, once I finally got it, I was disappointed. Overall, the car is good, but there are a heap of things you don't really pick up on in the test drive that just detract from the overall experience of the car...

2010 Mazda 3 SP25 review

    My 2010 SP25 with 75,000km is a superbly built car that continues to delight every time I drive it. I do many long trips and enjoy the extra power and torque of the 2.5-litre engine, especially when overtaking on country roads, along with the crisp shifting and light clutch on the six-speed manual...

2017 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina review

So, I had a top-spec 2003 Mazda 6 Luxury Sports. For a 14-year-old car, it had all the bells and whistles... Of its time. Fast-forward to 2017 and much has changed in the automotive world. It was time to update. I had considered a new Mazda 6 and took one for a test drive. While I was a big fan of it, I found it a fraction too large for a 30-year-old male with no dependants...

2010 Mazda 3 Neo review

Uncle Algis likes to drive fast, really fast! I’ll never forget one white knuckled, harrowing drive around the Dandenongs in the back of his old Toyota Troop Carrier that he was throwing around the corners like a Golf GTI. The only thing that stopped him was the scream of “Algis, Slow down!” from Aunty Nijole...

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