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2017 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina review

The Mazda 3 is one of Australia’s number 1 selling cars of all time. The 2017 (slight) facelift and the addition of a whole range of new features attracted me to go test drive the Mazda 3. My Mazda is the SP25 Astina, 6-speed automatic, sedan. The Astina is $37,000, including on-road costs. It is set at a good price point, considering all the features you get...

2009 Mazda 3 SP25 Review

Your first car is the one you remember for life. The sense of freedom, of independence, is somehow more pronounced when buying that first set of wheels. At the age of 17, I was proud to welcome a 2009 Mazda 3 SP25 Luxury into the fleet of vehicles residing at the Hubert residence. My particular car is a silver hatchback, with a snappy 6-speed manual gearbox...

2016 Mazda 3 SP25 GT Review

The Mazda brand has gone from strength to strength ever since 2003 with the first Mazda 3, and even though Mazda has never truly got rid of its biggest negative - that dreaded NVH and roaring tyre noise - everything else Mazda has done with their small hatchback they have done well...

2010 Mazda 3 MPS Luxury Review

When Mazda first released their Mazda6 MPS in 2005, I almost didn’t notice. It was so uninteresting to me. Fast forward two years to the release of the BK series Mazda 3 MPS and I quickly wrote it off as a "try hard" car, like I did most hot hatches. I was into the local V8s and European luxury cars whilst my closest mates were into the high-performance Japanese coupes – an R33 Skyline GTS-t and S15 Silvia featured...

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...

2017 Mazda 3 SP25 GT review

So, a 28-year-old single male was looking for a good bang-for-your-buck, well-kitted hatchback that would make you say wow, and not for its looks. The contenders were the Focus Titanium, Polo GTI, Mazda 3 GT and an Astra RS-V. The winner – Mazda 3 SP25 GT. Why? Well, let’s look at the cost (and yes, running costs were factored in)...

2018 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport review

  I only recently bought the car – just last week. The exterior is beautiful, especially in the Soul Red crystal metallic paint colour. It has a gorgeous depth to it that just makes the car look totally stunning. The interior is also amazing and completely functional...

2015 Mazda 3 SP25 review

After a failed attempt at buying a new couch one Saturday morning in 2015, I found myself in a Mazda dealership checking out the then newly released Mazda CX-3. You know, just for fun. I had no intentions to buy anything… I quickly realised the CX-3 wasn’t the right car for me due to the small boot...