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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 3 Videos

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

2012 Mazda 3 Neo review

In late 2020 I bought a 2012 Mazda 3 sedan in a private sale. The purchase was made to replace our mid-spec 2008 Honda Civic VTI-L, which had 235,000 kilometres on the clock and will be used for my 170 kilometre round trip commute up the Pacific Highway to and from work each day. Put simply we wanted a younger car with fewer clicks on the clock...

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...

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