The Mazda3 (known as the Mazda Axela in Japan (first three generations), a combination of "accelerate" and "excellent"[4]) is a compact car manufactured by Mazda. It was first introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, replacing the Familia/323/Protegé in the C-segment.

Mazda3
Mazda3 SKYACTIV-G.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerMazda
Also calledMazda Axela (Japan and China, 2003–2019)[1]
Production2003[2]–present
Body and chassis
ClassCompact car (C)
Body style
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive[3]
Chronology
PredecessorMazda 323/Mazda Familia/Mazda Protegé

The second-generation Mazda3 for the 2009 model year was unveiled in late 2008, with the sedan premiering at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the hatchback at the Bologna Motor Show. For the 2012 model year, Mazda began offering the Mazda3 with their newly-developed Skyactiv technology, including a more rigid body, a new direct-injection engine, and a new 6-speed transmission.[5]

The third generation was introduced in mid-2013 as a 2014 model year. The third-generation model is the first Mazda3 to adopt the "Kodo" design language and a more complete Skyactiv range of technologies.

The fourth-generation Mazda3 for the 2019 model year was unveiled in November 2018 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. For the 2019 model, the all-new Mazda3 is equipped with the updated Skyactiv technologies, including a spark-controlled compression ignition engine marketed as the Skyactiv-X.[6][7]

A performance-oriented version of the Mazda3 was marketed until 2013 as the Mazdaspeed3 in North America, Mazdaspeed Axela in Japan, and the Mazda3 MPS in Europe and Australia.

The Mazda3 became one of Mazda's fastest-selling vehicles, with cumulative sales in January 2019 of over 6 million units.[6]

First generation (BK; 2003)Edit

First generation (BK)
 
Mazda Axela Sport (pre-facelift, Japan)
Overview
Production
  • June 2003 – January 2009[8]
  • 2006–2013 (China)
  • 2005–2010 (Iran)
  • 2003–2014 (Colombia)
Model years2004–2009
2007–2013 (China)
2006–2010 (Iran)
2004–2014 (Colombia)
Assembly
DesignerHasip Girgin (2001)[15]
Body and chassis
PlatformFord C1 platform
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed B2C2-B / RF7J manual
  • 4-speed Ford 4F27E/Mazda FN4A-EL automatic
  • 5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,639 mm (103.9 in)
Length4,506–4,540 mm (177.4–178.7 in) (sedan)
4,485–4,491 mm (176.6–176.8 in) (hatchback)
Width1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Height1,500 mm (59.1 in)
Curb weight1,340 kg (2,954 lb)

The BK series Mazda3 was launched in Japan in October 2003 as the Axela. The model was well received by the automotive press for its performance, handling, styling and interior, with some describing it as feeling like a more expensive sports sedan/saloon despite its value-oriented price.[16] Some criticisms have included fuel economy and crash test results (only receiving four out of a maximum five stars from the Euro NCAP Safety Testing Programme) the latter of which was rectified by making six airbags standard.[17][18] In 2006, the Mazda3 was the second best-selling car in Canada and the best selling car in Israel during 2005–2007.[19][20]

DesignEdit

Hatchback (pre-facelift)
Sedan (pre-facelift)
Interior

The Mazda3 is based on the Ford global C1 platform, shared with the latest European Ford Focus and Volvo S40. Previewed by the MX-Sportif concept car, the first-generation Mazda3 was available in two body styles, a four-door fastback sedan/saloon, marketed as a "4-door coupé style" in Europe, and a five-door hatchback, branded the Sport version in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Design work began under chief designer Hideki Suzuki in 1999 at three Mazda design centres in California, United States; Frankfurt, Germany; and Hiroshima, Japan. By 2001, Hasip Girgin's design was chosen as a finalist. Girgin was sent to work in Hiroshima for 6 months, after which the final design was frozen for scheduled 2003 production.

The front suspension comprises MacPherson struts, with coil springs and an anti-roll bar. The rear suspension is a Ford-designed "E-link" multi-link suspension, with four locating links per wheel and an anti-roll bar, suspended on coil springs that are mounted inboard of the shock absorbers to reduce suspension intrusion into the cargo area. The first generation of the Mazda 3 has been known to have spontaneous piston failure in the form of the piston itself cracking which is a result of manufacturing anomalies that has plagued a small percentage of the normally reliable car. Four-wheel Disc brakes are fitted, with 300 mm (11.8 in) discs in the front and 279 mm (11 in) discs in the rear; ABS and electronic brake force distribution are available as standard, depending on the model. Wheel and tire sizes vary with model, from 15" on base models to optional 17" wheels on upper-level models. The Mazda3 was used as a regular police patrol car by the Public Security Police Force of Macau alongside the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic police cars in Macau, China.

When first introduced, United States-market Mazda3 models were available in only two trim levels, i and s, with the 2.0 L and 2.3 L engines, respectively. Since then Mazda has introduced additional models under the Touring and Grand Touring labels. British Mazda3s are offered in S, TS, TS2, Sport, and a top end 2.3 L turbocharged Mazda3 MPS (Mazda Performance Series) models. Since April 2008, when there was a mainly cosmetic facelift of the Mazda3, there have been some changes to the trim designations for UK cars, with the models now being the entry-level S, then Takara (which replaces TS & TS2), the Tamara Special Edition and the Sport and MPS as before.

All three models use the inline-4 Mazda MZR engine, with various types, displacements and outputs including the MZ-CD turbo-diesel, depending on model and market. Transmissions are a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic transmission; since the 2006 model year, a five-speed automatic is optional on models with the 2.3 L engine. This transmission has now been made standard on the 2.0 L engine in Japan (FWD models only), as part of a minor facelift in early 2008 which includes different front/rear bumper designs, new wheel designs and body colors, stiffened chassis, and better interior materials. The MPS / Mazdaspeed version is only available with a six-speed manual.

EnginesEdit

The Mazda3 features the following engines:

Japanese market (JIS ratings):

  • 1.5 L: 118 PS (87 kW), 140 N⋅m (103 lb⋅ft)
  • 2.0 L: 150 PS (110 kW), 183 N⋅m (135 lb⋅ft)
  • 2.3 L: 171 PS (126 kW), 214 N⋅m (158 lb⋅ft)

European market (ECE ratings):

  • 1.4 L: 84 PS (62 kW), 122 N⋅m (90 lb⋅ft)
  • 1.6 L: 105 PS (77 kW), 145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft)
  • 2.0 L: 150 PS (110 kW), 187 N⋅m (138 lb⋅ft)
  • 2.3 L MZR DISI Turbo: 260 PS (191 kW), 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft)
  • 1.6 L MZ-CD common-rail diesel: 109 PS (80 kW), 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft)
  • 2.0 L MZR-CD common-rail diesel: 143 PS (105 kW), 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft)
  • 2.2 L MZR-CD common-rail diesel: 185 PS (136 kW), 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)

American & Canadian markets (SAE net ratings):

  • 2.0 L: 148 bhp (110 kW), 135 lbf·ft (183 N·m) (04–05) PZEV engine: 145 bhp (107 kW) (04–06), 144 bhp (107 kW) (07–); 132 lbf·ft (179 N·m) (all years)
  • 2.3 L: 160 bhp (119 kW), 150 lbf·ft (203 N·m) PZEV engine: 153 bhp (113 kW), 149 lbf·ft (202 N·m) (2006 only)
  • 2.3 L MZR DISI Turbo: Mazdaspeed3: 263 bhp (196 kW), 280 lbf·ft (380 N·m)

Mazda changed the rating for US & Canadian markets 2007 2.3 L naturally aspirated engine:

  • 2.3 L: 160 bhp (119 kW), 150 lbf·ft (203 N·m) PZEV engine: 151 bhp (113 kW), 149 lbf·ft (202 N·m) (07–)

Asian markets (DIN ratings):

  • 1.6 L: 110 bhp (78 kW), 107 lbf·ft (145 N·m)
  • 2.0 L: 148 bhp (110 kW) and 138 lbf·ft (187 N·m)

Australian market (ADR net ratings):

  • 2.0 L: 145 bhp (108 kW), 134 lbf·ft (182 N·m)
  • 2.3 L: 154 bhp (115 kW), 150 lbf·ft (203 N·m)
  • 2.3 L: DISI MZR: 260 bhp (190 kW), 280 lbf·ft (380 N·m)
  • 2.0 L MZR-CD common-rail diesel: 143 PS (105 kW), 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft)

South African market (DIN net ratings):

  • 1.6 L: 109 bhp (77 kW), 108 lbf·ft (146 N·m)
  • 2.0 L: 140 bhp (104 kW), 134 lbf·ft (182 N·m)
  • 2.3 L: 154 bhp (115 kW), 150 lbf·ft (203 N·m)
  • 2.3 L: DISI MZR: 260 bhp (190 kW), 280 lbf·ft (380 N·m)

PerformanceEdit

Mazda3 Sport (facelift, UK)
Mazdaspeed3/MPS (facelift)

Official performance figures for the European Mazda3 1.4 S, the lowest-powered model, are 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 14.3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 170 km/h (106 mph). Wheels magazine reported an 8.7-second 0–100 km/h time for the Australian 2.0 model in its May 2004 issue.

The 1.6 CiTD 80 kW diesel (as sold in Europe) with a five-speed manual does 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.6 seconds and has a top speed of 182 km/h (113 mph) according to the official Mazda specifications.

In test results for the 2012 Mazda3 Maxx Sport five-door 2.0-litre engine, it has been reported as having a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 190 km/h (120 mph).

In its test results for the 2004 Mazda3 five-door with the 2.3-litre engine, Car and Driver magazine reported a 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) acceleration time of 7.4 seconds and a governor-limited top speed of 190 km/h (118 mph).

Car and Driver documented the acceleration of a 2007 Mazda3 four-door sedan. Equipped with a 2.3-litre engine and 5-speed manual transmission, the Mazda3 has a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time of 7.3 seconds and completes the quarter mile in 15.8 seconds at 88 mph (142 km/h).[21]

The fuel consumption of these models averages in the 10 L/100 km (24 mpg‑US; 28 mpg‑imp), with the 2-litre 2008 Mazda3 automatic-transmission model scoring a 10 L/100 km (24 mpg‑US; 28 mpg‑imp)/7.6 L/100 km (31 mpg‑US; 37 mpg‑imp) city/highway United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating.

2006Edit

For the 2006 model year, Mazda added variable valve timing and variable-length intake runners to the 2.0-liter engine resulting in a power increase to 150 bhp (112 kW; 152 PS). The automatic transmission used in the S trim Mazda3 with the 2.3-liter engine was changed from a four-speed to a five-speed design. The larger engine was now PZEV-certified (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) for vehicles sold in California and other states that have adopted California automotive emission standards. The smaller engine had already been PZEV-certified. The color palette was also simplified in 2006, with the deletion of Canary Yellow and Lava Orange Mica.[22][23]

2007Edit

Hatchback (facelift)

The 3 received a minor cosmetic facelift for the 2007 model year with minimal exterior, interior and mechanical changes. On base models, the black plastic at the top of the grille became body-coloured. The front fascia and bumper were changed with a floating foglight design and the lower air intake opening was reshaped to better resemble the typical "Mazda five-point face." All Mazda3 sedans and five-doors gained the same "Axela" clear-lens style rear tail-lights as the SP23 model, which in 2007, Mazda brought out the Mazda Axela similar to the Mazda6 Atenza. In addition, the Grand Touring trim also featured LED brake lights. The LED brake lights were added to compete with the growing trend of higher-end vehicles using LED tail lamps for more visible light output. The range of alloy wheels were redesigned, featuring a 17-inch alloy wheel for the Grand Touring version. The rear fascia was slightly changed adding a notch on the bumper cover of the sedan. Several new exterior colors were added, phantom blue, a copper red metallic (April 2008), Aurora Blue and dark cherry. The Titanium Gray color was replaced with a darker Galaxy Gray color.[23]

Sedan (facelift)

The interior of the Mazda3 was offered with several new color choices and an audio jack in the centre console, allowing the use of digital music players. Also, Takara models, which were introduced in the 2008 upgrade, added climate control and 6-CD autochanger to the TS specification.[23]

The 2007 model also includes less visible mechanical changes. The keyless entry system was improved. Reinforcements to the body shell improve overall chassis rigidity. The front dampers of the MacPherson strut suspension have been re-tuned to quicken steering response and reduce understeer. The hydraulic dampers of the multi-link rear suspension were also re-tuned to match the front suspension changes. Mazda engineers and designers addressed concerns regarding cabin noise level by redesigning or changing multiple systems and adding sound-deadening material to the roof lining and hood panel.[23]

The bumper-to-bumper warranty was reduced to 36 months / 36,000 miles while the powertrain warranty was increased to 60 months / 60,000 miles in most markets. In the UK, all Mazda3s have a 3-year unlimited mileage warranty, 3-year roadside assistance and 12 year anti perforation warranty as standard.[23][24]

Canadian Mazda3s received standard seat-mounted side-airbags and body-shell-mounted side-curtain airbags across the model range. Previously, both airbag types were not available.[23]

2008Edit

An additional trim level included the Sport GX with a 2.0 L engine, previously all Sport hatchbacks had a 2.3 L engine and came only in GS or GT trims. Compared to the GX sedan, the GX hatchback has body-coloured door handles, and fog lamps. Options for the Sport GX include air conditioning, a convenience package containing power accessories and 15-inch alloys, and a rear trunk spoiler.[23]

The GS sedan received standard 16-inch alloy wheels, previously only available with the moonroof option, while the GX had 15-inch alloy wheels added to the convenience package (which includes steering-wheel mounted audio controls, power windows, power locks, and remote entry). The GS hatchback now comes with factory-installed air conditioning. GT models received standard xenon headlights, previously part of the leather package.[23]

In the U.S., the i Touring trim level was replaced by the i Touring Value model. This new model added a body-color front grille, fog lights and 17" alloy wheels, giving it a very similar appearance to the more expensive s models. The interior also received leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob from the s model. Anti-lock brakes and side-impact airbags, previously optional, were now standard.[23]

2009Edit

Initial news reports indicated the 2009 model year would receive a minor facelift by the end of the year with exterior design modifications that included chrome door handles, a new roof spoiler, expanded use of black moldings on the rear bumper, and new alloy-wheel options.[25] This turned out to not occur in the US or Canadian market. The 2009 model year was only a few months long as production ceased in November 2008.[19][23]

PhilippinesEdit

In the Philippines, the BK3 replaced the (BH) 323 in 2004. It has three grades, "1.6S", "1.6V &" 2.0R".[26] The "1.6V" is powered by Mazda's 1.6L inline-four engine mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission respectively. It came with four speakers and 6 CD audio system, central locking among other features.[27] The top spec "2.0R" is powered by Mazda's 2.0L MZR engine mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission with activematic. It came with side skirts, sunroof, remote keyless entry, immobilizer & leather interior.[26]

In 2007, the entry level "1.6S" received a minor update. Updates includes new gauge clusters, cloth seats & door linings, MP3 ready sound system, and a redesigned grill.[28]

AustraliaEdit

In Australia, the BK 3 replaced the (BJ) 323 in January 2004. The original iteration came in several guises, "Neo", "Maxx", "Maxx Sport" & "SP23". The base "Neo" guise came with remote central locking, a four speaker sound system with a CD Player among other features. Building upon the Neo, the "Maxx" offered power windows and mirrors, alloy wheels, remote keyless central locking, six speakers and an in-dash sound system. The "Maxx Sport" added primarily cosmetic features, with that including a body kit, front fog lamps and larger alloy wheels. The "SP23" gained a larger engine as well as other smaller luxury features.[29]

In July 2006, Mazda introduced its Series II 3. Updates included refreshed front and rear light fixtures, as well updated alloy wheels and a new fog light configuration. A high performance "MPS" Hatch was introduced into the lineup within this update.[30]

The 3 continuously sold well throughout the BK generation, reaching 4th in Australian sales within 2006. The following table lists sales throughout its tenancy.

Year Yearly Sales Total
2004 22,046 166,615
2005 32,570
2006 32,432
2007 34,394
2008 33,755
2009 (Jan-Apr) 11,418

Second generation (BL; 2008)Edit

Second generation (BL)
 
Mazda3 Neo hatchback (pre-facelift, Australia)
Overview
ProductionNovember 2008 – June 2013[31]
Model years2010–2013
Assembly
DesignerKunihiko Kurisu (2006)[34]
Body and chassis
PlatformFord C1 platform
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
  • 5-speed G35M-R manual
  • 6-speed G66M-R manual
  • 4-speed Ford 4F27E/Mazda FN4A-EL automatic
  • 5-speed Ford FNR5/Mazda FS5A-EL automatic
  • 6-speed Aisin AWTF-80 SC automatic
  • CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,640 mm (103.9 in)
Length4,595 mm (180.9 in) (sedan)
4,505 mm (177.4 in) (hatchback)
Width1,755 mm (69.1 in)
Height1,470 mm (57.9 in)
Curb weight1,260 kg (2,777.8 lb)
Hatchback (pre-facelift)
Sedan (pre-facelift)
Interior

In development from 2004 and designed under Kunihiko Kurisu from early 2005 to August 2006, in November 2008 Mazda debuted the second-generation Mazda3 with restyled exterior. Two engines were offered in the US and Canadian markets, the 2.0 L petrol engine offered in the previous generation and a new 2.5 L inline-four shared with the second-generation Mazda6.[35]

The C1 architecture, a collaboration of Ford, Mazda, and Volvo,[36] is carried over from the previous generation[37] though marginally wider, longer and lighter than the previous generation. The 2.3L engine was replaced with a 2.5L engine that produces 167 bhp (125 kW; 169 PS) and 167 lb⋅ft (226 N⋅m) of torque in North American specs. In other markets, more engines are offered including a new 2.2 L turbo-diesel engine.[38] A 2010 Mazda3 with a 2.5 L engine and 6-speed manual transmission accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.4 seconds and completes the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds at 87 mph (140 km/h).[39]

2010Edit

SP25/Sport Hatchback (pre-facelift)

Mazda unveiled the 2010 Mazda3 sedan/saloon at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 19 November 2008. The second-generation Mazda3 is slightly larger than the older Mazda3 and was available in "i" and "s" versions. The "i" (GX or GS in Canada) is powered by a 148 bhp (110 kW) 2.0 L engine while the "s" (GT in Canada) is powered by a 167 bhp (125 kW) 2.5 L engine adapted from the Mazda6.[40] Both engines are also available in PZEV versions in the US, the 2.0 L producing 144 bhp (107 kW) and the 2.5 L producing 165 bhp (123 kW).[41] The 3s Grand Touring trim level adds leather seats, power driver's seat, rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, and steerable active bi-xenon headlights as standard equipment.[40] The hatchback was unveiled a few weeks after the sedan/saloon at the Bologna Motor Show.

The European model includes a start-stop system with the 2.0L DISI engine with an estimated increase fuel economy in city cycle by roughly 12%.[42]

Midway through 2010, features including side mirrors with integrated turn signals, footwell lighting, and power seat memory functions were removed.[citation needed]

Mazdaspeed3Edit

Mazda3 MPS (Europe)

Full details and images of the high-powered Mazdaspeed3 (known as the Mazda3 MPS in Europe or Mazdaspeed Axela in Japan) were released at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2009.[43] Like the previous generation, the Mazda3 hatchback variant has been selected as the basis for the 2nd generation Mazdaspeed3.

2012 updateEdit

Hatchback (facelift)
Sedan (facelift)

The 2012 Mazda3 with Skyactiv powertrain was unveiled at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, February 2011. It comes with Mazda's Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter, direct-injection gasoline engine, and Skyactiv-Drive 6-speed automatic or Skyactiv-MT 6-speed manual transmission.[44] The chassis rigidity was increased with the use of additional high tensile steel most significantly in the center floor pan and B-pillar where reinforcement was extended 7 inches.[45] Additionally, Mazda increased the number of spot welds to join suspension crossmembers to improve handling and stability.[46] There are minor exterior updates: revised grille and air intakes, and a reshaped rear valance panel. Skyactiv models receive a blue ring around the projectors in the headlamps.[47] Car and Driver reported that such a Mazda3 can reach estimated EPA fuel-economy ratings of 30 mpg city and 39 to 40 highway.[48]

EnginesEdit

Model Type Power, torque@rpm CO2 emissions (g/km)
Japanese models
ZY-VE 1,498 cc (91.4 cu in) I4 111 PS (82 kW; 109 hp) at 6000, 140 N⋅m (103 lb⋅ft) at 4500
LF-VDS 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 6200, 186 N⋅m (137 lb⋅ft) at 4500
LF-VE 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp) at 6500, 179 N⋅m (132 lb⋅ft) at 4000
L3-VDT 2,261 cc (138.0 cu in) I4 turbo 264 PS (194 kW; 260 hp) at 5500, 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) at 3000
European models
1.6 dohc 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 6000, 145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) at 4000 149
2.0 dohc w/ AT 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 6500, 187 N⋅m (138 lb⋅ft) at 4000 175
2.0 dohc DISI w/i-stop 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 151 PS (111 kW; 149 hp) at 6200, 191 N⋅m (141 lb⋅ft) at 4500 159
MPS dohc DISI 2,261 cc (138.0 cu in) I4 turbo 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) at 5500, 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) at 3000 224
1.6 8V sohc 1,560 cc (95 cu in) I4 diesel 85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) at 3600, 270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) at 1750–2500 114
2.2 dohc 2,184 cc (133.3 cu in) I4 diesel 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 3500, 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft) at 1800 144
2.2 dohc 2,184 cc (133.3 cu in) I4 diesel 185 PS (136 kW; 182 hp) at 3500, 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1800 149
US models
4-door i 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 150 hp (112 kW; 152 PS) at 6500, 183 N⋅m (135 lb⋅ft) at 4500
Skyactiv-G 2.0 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 157 hp (117 kW; 159 PS) at 6000, 201 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 4100
4-door i PZEV 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 146 hp (109 kW; 148 PS) at 6500, 179 N⋅m (132 lb⋅ft) at 4500
4/5-door s 2,488 cc (151.8 cu in) I4 169 hp (126 kW; 171 PS) at 6000, 228 N⋅m (168 lb⋅ft) at 4000
4-door s PZEV 2,488 cc (151.8 cu in) I4 167 hp (125 kW; 169 PS) at 6000, 226 N⋅m (167 lb⋅ft) at 4000
MAZDASPEED3 2,261 cc (138.0 cu in) I4 turbo 267 hp (199 kW; 271 PS) at 5500, 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) at 3000
Canadian models
4-door GX, GS 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 150 hp (112 kW; 152 PS) at 6500, 183 N⋅m (135 lb⋅ft) at 4500
4-door GT 2,488 cc (151.8 cu in) I4 169 hp (126 kW; 171 PS) at 6000, 228 N⋅m (168 lb⋅ft) at 4000
5-door GX 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 150 hp (112 kW; 152 PS) at 6500, 183 N⋅m (135 lb⋅ft) at 4500
5-door GS, GT 2,488 cc (151.8 cu in) I4 169 hp (126 kW; 171 PS) at 6000, 228 N⋅m (168 lb⋅ft) at 4000
5-door GS-SKY 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 157 hp (117 kW; 159 PS) at 6000, 201 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 4100
MAZDASPEED3 2,261 cc (138.0 cu in) I4 turbo 267 hp (199 kW; 271 PS) at 5500, 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) at 3000
Thailand models
1.6 Groove / Groove Sports / Spirit / Spirit Sports 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 6000, 145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) at 4000 149
2.0 Maxx / Maxx Sports 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) LF-VD I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 6500, 187 N⋅m (138 lb⋅ft) at 4000 175
Australian models
Neo/Maxx (Sport) 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 110 kW (148 hp) at 6500, 183 N⋅m (135 lb⋅ft) at 4500
SP20 (2012) 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I4 114 kW (153 hp) at 6000, 194 N⋅m (143 lb⋅ft) at 4100
Diesel 2,183 cc (133.2 cu in) I4 110 kW (148 hp) at 3500, 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft) at 1800–3000
SP25 2,488 cc (151.8 cu in) I4 124 kW (166 hp) at 6000, 228 N⋅m (168 lb⋅ft) at 4000
MPS 2,261 cc (138.0 cu in) I4 turbo 190 kW (255 hp) at 5500, 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) at 3000

Third generation (BM/BN; 2013)Edit

Third generation (BM/BN)
 
Hatchback (pre-facelift)
Overview
ProductionJune 2013 – 2018
Model years2014–2018
Assembly
DesignerKoichi Tabata (2011)
Body and chassis
RelatedMazda CX-5 (KF)
Powertrain
Engine
Electric motorAC synchronous motor
Transmission
Hybrid drivetrainPower-split hybrid (Mazda3 Hybrid)
Battery1.3 kWh Nickel-metal hydride
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,580 mm (180.3 in) (sedan)
4,460 mm (175.6 in) (hatchback)
Width1,795 mm (70.7 in)
Height1,455 mm (57.3 in)
Curb weight1,300–1,315 kg (2,866–2,899 lb)
Hatchback (pre-facelift)
Sedan (pre-facelift)
Interior

The third-generation 2014 Mazda3 was revealed in Australia on 26 June 2013.[50] It now sits atop the new Skyactiv chassis, no longer sharing the Ford C1 platform.[51] It is the third vehicle to adopt the Mazda's 'Kodo' design language, after the CX-5 and the Mazda6.

It has a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.26 for the sedan/saloon, slightly higher for the hatchback.[52] Combined with the Skyactiv technology, this produces a rating from the U.S. EPA of 30 mpg‑US (36 mpg‑imp; 7.8 L/100 km) city and 41 mpg‑US (49 mpg‑imp; 5.7 L/100 km) highway for the 2-litre sedan, and one less mpg highway for the 5-door hatchback.[53]

Two Skyactiv engines are offered in North American markets, the 2.0-litre (with 155 hp (116 kW) and 150 lb⋅ft (200 N⋅m) of torque) and the 2.5-litre (with 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque). The 2014 Mazda3 equipped with a 2.5-litre engine and 6-speed automatic transmission accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.9 seconds and finishes the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds at 95 mph (153 km/h).[54]

The 2.0-litre engine with the 6-speed manual transmission accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.8 seconds and finishes the quarter-mile in 16.1 seconds.[55] Initially the 6-speed manual gearbox was only for the 2.0-litre cars, and automatic transmission was standard on the 2.5, or available for the 2.0. In its first-drive review of the 2014 Mazda 3, the auto enthusiast weblog Jalopnik stated that "once the 2.5 comes with a manual transmission, there is really no reason to buy anything else in this class."[56]

2015Edit

For the 2015 model year in North America, the 2.5-litre cars are also offered with manual gearbox. Model grades for the U.S. market are SV (2.0 Sedan only), Sport (2.0 Sedan & Hatchback), Touring, and Grand Touring (available in all body styles with either engine). The 2014 model ranked number one among Affordable Small Cars in U.S. News & World Report's rankings.[57] In the 2014 Canadian Car of the Year rankings Mazda3 was chosen as the Best New Small Car.[58] Canadian magazine The Car Guide chose Mazda3 as the Best Compact Car in its Best Buys car rankings for 2015 and 2016.[59]

In Europe, three Skyactiv-G (gasoline) engines are offered, one 1.5L and two 2.0L (at two different power ratings, 120 PS (88 kW) and 165 PS (121 kW)); and a 2.2L Skyactiv-D (Diesel) engine is available. Availability of hatchback and sedan/saloon body styles and their combinations with engines varies amongst European markets. In 2014, the Mazda3 made it to the finals of the European Car of the Year competition. For the UK market, the Mazda3 Sedan was marketed as a fastback.

Thailand models of Mazda3 went on sale on 18 March 2014.[60][61]

A concept version of the Mazda3, with an engine powered by compressed natural gas, was unveiled in 2013 at the Tokyo Motor Show.[62][63][64][65]

In Malaysia, the third-generation Mazda3 was first launched in March 2014 fully imported from Japan and was available with a sole 2.0L sedan variant.[66] In April 2015, locally assembled versions of the Mazda3 became available for purchase.[67] In April 2017, the facelift version was launched with 3 offerings, the Sedan GL, Sedan High and Hatchback.[68]

Mazda3 Skyactiv-HybridEdit

The Mazda3 Skyactiv-Hybrid is a version of the Mazda3 with Skyactiv-G 2.0 engine with 14:1 compression and electric-petrol drive. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.[62][63]

ProductionEdit

Taiwan models of the Mazda3 were produced by Ford Lio Ho Motor Co., Ltd.[69][70]

Production of the US market Mazda3 sedan at Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO) in Salamanca, Guanajuato began on 7 January 2014, as the factory's first production vehicle model.[71][72]

As of 22 January 2014, cumulative production of the Mazda3 production reached four million units since June 2003.[73][74]

Production of Thailand market Mazda3 at AutoAlliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (AAT) began on 14 March 2014.[60][61] Within months of release, the 3 was the 15th best-selling car in Thailand.

2016/2017 updateEdit

The updated model of the Mazda3 was introduced in August 2016, bearing the BN model code. Changes include a new dashboard layout, new front and rear exterior styling (the latter, only in the hatchback), new first-of-its-kind G-Vectoring Control and the removal of the diesel engine option. Safety and driver assistance features were also improved, adding a traffic sign-recognition sensor[75] and pedestrian detection with the pre-collision braking system.[76]

The update debuted in North America for the 2017 model year. In the United States, the "i" and "s" monikers were dropped, leaving the Sport (2.0), Touring (2.5), and Grand Touring (2.5) trim levels.

PowertrainEdit

Model Type Power, torque @rpm CO2 emissions (g/km)
European models
G100 1,496 cc (91.3 cu in) I4 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp), 150 N⋅m (111 lb⋅ft) @4000 119
G120 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp), 210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft) @4000 119
G120 AT 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp), 210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft) @4000 129
G165 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 165 PS (121 kW; 163 hp), 210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft) @4000 135
CD150 2,191 cc (133.7 cu in) I4 diesel 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp), 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) @1800 107
CD150 AT 2,191 cc (133.7 cu in) I4 diesel 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp), 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) @1800 127
Australian models
Neo, Maxx, Touring 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 114 kW (153 hp), 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) @4000 N/A
SP25, SP25 GT, Astina 2,488 cc (151.8 cu in) I4 137 kW (184 hp), 251 N⋅m (185 lb⋅ft) @3250 N/A
Astina diesel 2,191 cc (133.7 cu in) I4 diesel 129 kW (173 hp), 420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft) @2000 N/A
American models
i SV (2014-2015), i Sport, i Touring, i Grand Touring 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 155 hp (116 kW) @6000, 150 lb⋅ft (203 N⋅m) @4000 N/A
s Touring, s Grand Touring 2,488 cc (151.8 cu in) I4 184 hp (137 kW) @5700, 185 lb⋅ft (251 N⋅m) @3250 N/A
Canadian models
GX, GS, SE, 50th Anniv. Ed. (limited) 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 155 hp (116 kW) @6000, 150 lb⋅ft (203 N⋅m) @4000 N/A
GT 2,488 cc (151.8 cu in) I4 184 hp (137 kW) @5700, 185 lb⋅ft (251 N⋅m) @3250 N/A
Thai models
Entry (E), Core (C), High (S), High Plus (SP) 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 163 hp (165 PS; 122 kW) @6000, 155 lb⋅ft (210 N⋅m) @4000 N/A

Fourth generation (BP; 2019)Edit

Fourth generation (BP)
 
Hatchback
Overview
Production2019–present
Model years2019–present
Assembly
DesignerYasutake Tsuchida (2016)[77]
Body and chassis
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Electric motor6.5 PS Integrated starter motor generator
Transmission
Hybrid drivetrainMHEV (e-Skyactiv X)
Battery24 V lithium-ion
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,725 mm (107.3 in)
Length4,661 mm (183.5 in) (sedan)
4,460 mm (175.6 in) (hatchback)
Width1,796 mm (70.7 in)
Height1,445 mm (56.9 in) (sedan)
1,440 mm (56.7 in) (hatchback)

The fourth-generation Mazda3 hatchback and sedan were both unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show on 28 November 2018, and global sales began in early 2019, as the 2019 model year in North America.[80] The model was previously previewed by the Kai Concept, first shown in October 2017. With the release of this generation, the "Axela" nameplate was dropped in the Japanese market as part of Mazda's standardized global naming structure.[81]

Designed from 2015 to late 2016 under the lead of Yasutake Tsuchida, the model is slightly lower and longer than before, with its wheelbase stretched by 25 mm (1.0 in). The exterior design of the sedan and hatchback models are heavily differentiated, with both models only sharing the hood and headlights, while front wing fenders and front doors are designed uniquely for each body styles. Its body uses an increased amount of ultra-high-strength steel 980 MPa or higher to 30 percent of the vehicle body, an increase over the 3 percent in the prior generation.[82]

Mazda has swapped the more sophisticated multilink independent rear suspension from its predecessor for a cheaper and more compact torsion beam setup which is claimed to improve the car's quietness, along with the added sound deadening materials.[82] To enhance the vehicle's NVH, Mazda included a 'two-wall' structure that leaves space between the body and carpeting on the floor.[82] The model is also equipped with an updated version of the torque vectoring system marketed as the G-Vectoring Control Plus.[83]

Interior materials are upgraded with a stitched dash pad, metal trim for the climate control knobs and central infotainment controller, a new steering wheel design, and a newly-developed 8.8-inch display screen with a redesigned Mazda Connect system interface. A dark red leather upholstery color is offered for the hatchback model.[83]

In North America, the Mazda3 has all-wheel drive an available option for the first time.[84]

Production of the model started in Thailand at the AutoAlliance Thailand in Rayong started on 28 August 2019.[85]

Engine and transmissionEdit

In some markets, the fourth-generation Mazda3 can be equipped with a spark-controlled compression ignition engine, called the Skyactiv-X. The 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X engine initially produced 132.5 kW (178 hp; 180 PS) and 224 N⋅m (165 lb⋅ft) of torque, though its updated version, dubbed e-Skyactiv-X, and launched at the beginning of 2021, produces 140 kW (188 hp; 190 PS) in Japan and 137 kW (184 hp; 186 PS) in other markets, with the torque being augmented to 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft).

The 1.5-, 2.0- and 2.5-liter versions of the current Skyactiv gasoline engine line is offered, as well as the 1.8-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine. Transmission options consist of the 6-speed Skyactiv-MT manual and the Skyactiv-Drive automatic.[86] Initial release in North America only included the 2.5-liter petrol engine.[83]

Mazda introduced an all-wheel drive version of the 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine for model year 2021 which is exclusively mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.[87] In the Australian market, the fourth-generation Mazda3 along with the CX-30 are available with the e-SkyActiv G MHEV engine, for improved acceleration and fuel economy.[88]

SafetyEdit

The Mazda3 has disc brakes on all wheels.[89]

IIHSEdit

The 2022 Mazda 3 was tested by the IIHS and received a Top Safety Pick+ award:[90]

IIHS scores
Small overlap front (Driver) Good
Small overlap front (Passenger) Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side (original test) Good
Side (updated test) Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints and seats Good
Headlights
Good Acceptable
varies by trim/option
Front crash prevention (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) Superior
Front crash prevention (Vehicle-to-Pedestrian, day) Superior
Child seat anchors (LATCH) ease of use Good+

MotorsportsEdit

SalesEdit

Year Japan[95] U.S.[96][97] Europe[98] Canada[99] Australia China[100] Thailand[101] Vietnam[102][103] Mexico[104]
2003 5,474 2,081 5,841
2004 29,921 76,080 68,604 22,046
2005 26,331 97,388 85,267 32,570 534
2006 24,200 94,438 74,802 32,432 1,186 4,750
2007 22,909 120,291 68,291 34,394 35,844 6,939
2008 16,647 109,957 49,355 33,755 29,225 9,502
2009 26,761 96,466 53,096 46,943 35,298 48,228 9,217
2010 26,509 106,353 49,175 47,740 39,003 68,616 12,016
2011 18,859 102,417 34,983 37,224 41,429 50,647 13,559
2012 16,229 123,361 25,027 39,295 44,128 20,878 11,202
2013 17,158 104,713 24,796 40,466 42,082 12,044 12,315
2014 42,527 104,985 48,096 40,974 43,313 42,927 8,937 20,130
2015 25,102 107,884 49,766 34,811 38,644 94,108 7,143 29,982
2016 26,343 95,567 45,889 27,689 36,107 132,784 4,121 24,611
2017 25,837 75,018 43,794 27,862 32,690 142,498 4,979 20,742
2018 17,767 64,638 38,514 26,728 31,065 121,051 5,255 1,038 20,433
2019 30,729 50,741 34,874 21,276 24,939 98,553 4,717 7,648 22,520
2020 19,215 33,608 26,458 14,788[105] 14,663 85,191 9,148[106] 16,485
2021 16,361 37,653 22,554 11,804[105] 14,126 88,774 16,560

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