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2020 Mazda 3 Hybrid review: X20 Astina Skyactiv-X M Hybrid

Is Mazda's Skyactiv-X mild-hybrid system worth an extra $3000?

2020 Mazda 3 X20 Astina Skyactiv-X M Hybrid review: First drive

Like a science experiment brought to life, Mazda's Skyactiv-X points to an ongoing petrol-driven future – and does so quite convincingly.

2020 Mazda 3 review: G25 Astina hatch

The latest-generation Mazda 3 is sacrificing volume sales to take the Japanese brand into a more premium area of the mainstream market. We find out whether the flagship G25 Astina is a suitable spearhead.

2020 Mazda 3 Astina sedan review

Full of sophistication and class, we take the top-of-the-range Mazda 3 sedan for a spin.

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Mazda SkyActiv-X engine review | Small car technology

Why pick a Mazda powered by its new SkyActiv-X engine over a regular 2.5? It’s like asking why pay extra for a hybrid powertrain over a regular one. It’s a question we can’t really answer if you’re measuring the benefit as a purely cost-focused issue...

2019 Mazda3 G20 Pure review | Small hatch test

Here we've got the entry-level automatic option in the new 2019 Mazda 3 line-up for Australia, and... it might actually be the pick of the range!

2019 Small Car Comparison

It's time. We've put the 10 most popular small cars together, priced between $30,000 and $40,000, to see which are most deserving of your attention.

REVIEW: 2019 Mazda 3 hatch

Less practicality, more lifestyle: If a premium-feeling, sharp-handling, eye-catching small car is what you're after – if perhaps not an especially capacious one – then the new Mazda 3 mounts a stronger case than ever. Just be prepared to pay for the privilege.

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Mazda 3 Comparisons

2020 BMW 118i v Mazda 3 G25 Astina comparison

The most aspirational Mazda 3 model yet is our current mainstream small-car benchmark. Now it faces its toughest test – against the most affordable version of the new BMW 1 Series.

2020 Mazda 3 G25 Astina v Toyota Corolla ZR comparison

Australians tend to buy hatchbacks and crossover SUVs, but there is still a market for the humble small sedan. Two of the most popular are the new (and more premium-than-before) Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3. But they’re also two of the most resolved cars in their class. Increased prices on entry grades may dent sales, but it's easier to justify a premium when you're looking at the two flagship models...

2020 Kia Cerato GT v Mazda 3 G25 Evolve comparison

Say you want to spend around $35,000 on a small sedan. You’re a member of a declining group, but one with two particularly outstanding choices: the new-generation Mazda 3 G25 Evolve and the Kia Cerato GT. The former from Japan offers classical clean-sheet design with curves to burn, and a sophisticated high-technology interior that hits all the right notes...

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Mazda 3 News

2021 Mazda 3 updated for Japan with more power, improved refinement

Mazda has unveiled a range of updates for the brand's popular 2021 Mazda 3 small car in Japan, though it's unclear whether the changes will make their way to Australia. Headlining the updates – at least those most relevant to Australian customers – are upgrades for the recently-introduced, breakthrough SkyActiv-X petrol engine...

Five underrated cars you might buy for a bargain price

New-car sales were down by 12.8 per cent in July compared to the same month last year. When looking at the figures on a year-to-date basis, this downward trend grows to 19.2 per cent in decline. You can read colleague Joshua Dowling's full July VFACTS report here, which goes through the nitty-gritty of the market in great detail...

Video: 2021 Mazda 3 Turbo unveiled in all its glory. Now can we please have it?

Mazda has released a video of the highly anticipated Mazda 3 Turbo in the US overnight, revealing further details about its increased power and all-wheel-drive grip. Headlining the company's small car range in North America, the model will come in two variants: the standard Mazda 3 Turbo, and the Mazda 3 Turbo Premium Plus...

2021 Mazda3 Turbo on wish list for Australia, but still not confirmed

Mazda Australia is lobbying Japan to introduce a turbocharged hot hatch version of the new Mazda 3. The Japanese car maker has been without a hot hatch locally since the Mazda 3 MPS was dropped after two generations were sold from 2006 to 2012. The previous Mazda3 MPS models were powered by a turbocharged 2...

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Mazda 3 Owner Reviews

2011 Mazda 3 Neo review

The Mazda 3 has been a mainstay of Australian roads since the launch of the BK in 2003. In 2011 it reached peak popularity becoming Australia’s favourite car of 2011, knocking Holden’s Commodore off its long-held perch. As the successor to the 323, which formed the basis of Ford’s more popular Laser, the new Mazda 3 was related to Ford Australia's Laser replacement, the European designed Focus...

2015 Mazda 3 Astina diesel review

I have had my Mazda 3 going on six months now and while I do absolutely love the car (especially the engine) I have to say I’m a little unimpressed with the build of the car. I have always loved diesel passenger cars ever since my brother got a 2012 Mazda 6 diesel. I went on to upgrade my 1998 Mazda 626 to a 2007 Mazda 3 diesel, and then to a 2016 petrol CX-3...

2018 Mazda 3 SP25 review

I posted a review on this car when we purchased it two years ago, and because it has now made its way to the used car yard for our next purchase, I thought it was time to give a run down on ownership. The SP25 covered just under 20,000km in its time with us, so it did not have high mileage...

2012 Mazda 3 SP25 review

I was looking for a smallish car around the $15k mark, either brand new or second hand. After many months I chose a MY13 Mazda 3 SP25 Auto Hatchback, finished in Sky Blue. It's a great little car, and it gives a lot for the money - I ended up paying $15,000 for it. First impressions are that it's very much a tourer rather than a city car...

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