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Used Mazda 3

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  • Overview

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    The Mazda 3 is a compact car manufactured in Japan. Since its debut on the automotive market as a 2004 model, the Mazda 3 has performed well and been a popular option among consumers. The Mazda 3 of the 2014 model year quickly became Mazda’s fastest selling vehicle to date. The Used Mazda 3 prides itself on being a compact car that despite its nicely priced MSRP and compact size, never feels basic or entry level. With an upscale and lux interior styling, great performance, and impressive handling, as well as an impressive infotainment system that is easy to use and keeps drivers and passengers safe, connected, and entertained while onboard Mazda’s most popular compact car, it’s easy to see why this vehicle is a great option for drivers looking to buy used.

  • 2003-2009

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    The first generation of the Mazda 3 production spanned from 2003-2009. From the beginning, the Mazda 3 has impressed buyers and critics alike with its superior exterior and interior styling, as well as its high performance and handling capabilities. Many have noted that it appears much more like a higher end vehicle than its value entry MSRP suggests – which means drivers can get much more value than expected at an excellent price. The first generation Mazda 3 was available in two body styles; a 4-door coupe or a 5-door hatchback. During its first generation only two trim levels, the I and the S were offered. In future years, these trims were followed by the Outing and Grand Touring trim levels. All three trim models use the same engine, the Inline 4 Mazda MZR engine, transmission options area 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic transmission.

    In 2008, the Mazda 3 had some small styling changes to the front bumper, wheel designs, new exterior color options, and more lux interior material options. Different engine and powertrain combinations were available on various markets in Japan and Europe as well. In 2007, there were a few small changes to the car’s exterior and interior, as well as a few mechanical changes. New exterior colors were introduced, including Phantom Blue, Copper Red Metallic, Aurora Blue, and Dark Cherry. New interior color options were also added for the seating as well as the console area. Mechanical changes included LED brake lights and tail lamps, redesigned suspension for better handling, improved keyless entry system, as well as redesigned materials used on the body as well as the roof and liners that created a more quiet cabin ride. During this time, the warranties were also adjusted. The powertrain warranty was increased to 60 months/60,000 miles, while the bumper to bumper warranty was brought down to 36 months/ 36,000 miles.

    In 2008, the Sport GX was introduced as an additional trim level option, the S sedan received a few upgrades including larger alloy wheels, and the I Touring trim was replaced by an I Touring value model which came with style features that made it look very similar to the higher end S models of the Mazda 3.

  • 2009-2012

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    The second generation of Mazda 3 production was from 2009-2013. This generation of Mazda 3 was a little bit longer and wider than the previous generation. A 2.5 L engine replaced the 2.3L In 2009, detailed plans for the Mazdaspeed 3 were released. This model was a hatchback style compact version of the sedan-style Mazda 3.

    A new powertrain component was introduced in 2012, the SkyActiv. The 2.0L direct gasoline engine and the 6-speed automatic or manual transmission allowed the Mazda 3 to get an EPA estimated rating of 30 MPG city and 40 MPG highway. Today, Skyactiv technology is still present on Mazda vehicles and has earned a reputation for its impressive performance enhancing capabilities. Along with these changes, only a few very small exterior style changes were made to the Mazda 3, such as a new grille shape, and restyled air vents and rear valance panels.

  • 2013-2018

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    Currently, in its third generation, this production period began in 2013. This model year has the Mazda 3 as the third vehicle to be designed within the specs of the KODO “Soul of Motion” design language, developed by Mazda. The utilization of this aerodynamic design in combination with the SkyActiv powertrain engine design makes the Mazda 3 of this generation even more impressively fuel efficient. With all of its features, it’s pleasantly surprising that this compact car has maintained, and even today still maintains, a low MSRP with many standard features.

    Feature highlights of the 2018 model Mazda 3 include the latest technology for connectivity, navigation, safety, and entertainment, Mazda’s KODO design platform, and their exclusive SkyActiv engine design.

    The 2018 Mazda 3 is in its third generation and remains Mazda’s top-selling compact car. For those looking for a compact car that has that extra something special, the Mazda 3 delivers.

    A few of the consumer favorites of the 2018 Mazda 3 are:

    • An interior with luxury detailing all around. From the seats to the steering wheel and console panels, the Mazda 3 brings its A-game when it comes to luxury finishes and special touches.
    • A user-friendly, high-quality infotainment system. Stay connected with built-in Wifi and Apple CarPlay and Android Audio.
    • Three available trims; Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring.
    • Superior performance and handling that goes above and beyond what you would expect from a compact car.

    The 2018 Mazda 3 starts with a nice MSRP of $18,095 and offers excellent fuel efficiency of 28 city MPG to 37 highway MPG. The current generation has added some very nice options, but throughout all three generations, the Mazda 3 has been a quality compact car choice. For drivers looking for a used Mazda 3 for sale, there are many makes and trims that will be available to choose from.

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