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2013 Mazda MAZDA3 Review

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The 2013 Mazda MAZDA3 is available as a sedan or hatchback, and has a sleek-looking body with some bold, defining lines on either side. The front fascia is playful, and is actually slightly reminiscent of a smiling face. This lively car is also very safe, with a perfect five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Lastly, the MAZDA3 provides great overall fuel economy, but this varies depending on the engine/transmission combination that the model is equipped with.

New For 2013

Since the MAZDA3 had some major revamping done in 2013, there are few changes for the 2013 model year. New features include:

  • SkyActiv upgrades
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Standard air-conditioning


The body of the MAZDA3 is made of fully-galvanized steel, and comes in Clearcoat, Pearlcoat, or Metallic Monotone paint. The windows are light-tinted for a little extra privacy, and spoilers add some style points. Interestingly, all sedan models come with a window grid antenna, while the hatchback models come with an integrated roof antenna. The Grand Touring models come with the bonus feature of a first-row glass sunroof with sliding and tilting functionality.

Interior & Cargo

Standard air-conditioning is manual on the i SV and i Sport, and dual-zone front automatic on the other models. Instrumentation offers a pleasant combination of digital and analog displays.

The driver information center keeps the driver informed about fuel levels, tire pressure levels, upcoming service intervals, and the exterior temperature. A compass is also available as a navigation device, if the driver does not decide to include the navigation system.

Both front seats are adjustable, to give maximum comfort to passengers of many different sizes. The Grand Touring models come with heated front seats and leather seats all around, for a luxurious touch. The audio system is on par with what one would expect: an AM/FM/Satellite/CD-player with MP3 capability and auxiliary audio input. Bluetooth compatibility comes with the Touring and Grand Touring models as well. Steering-wheel-mounted controls help the driver to navigate heavy traffic and a music playlist at the same time, while the music booms out of four, six, or ten speakers (four for the i SV and i Sport, six for the Touring, and ten for the Grand Touring).

The Grand Touring comes with a navigation system complete with voice activation, which is available at an extra cost for other models. The maximum luggage volume of 11.8 cubic feet is nothing impressive in the sedan models, but it is actually quite reasonable in the hatchback models, which feature 42.8 cubic feet of space.


The 2013 Mazda MAZDA3 comes with driver and front passenger front- and side-impact airbags, as well as side-curtain airbags in both the first and second rows. Airbags come with an occupant sensor to protect the passenger. Anti-lock brakes and drive-line traction control help the driver stay in control of the vehicle at all times. Two-stage power door locks and rear child safety door locks keep passengers safe while inside the vehicle. A blind-spot sensor comes equipped on the Grand Touring, which can help any driver avoid severe accidents, particularly those with weak peripheral vision. A first aid kit is available as an optional add-on.

Remote keyless entry, through a key fob, allows the driver to conveniently unlock and lock doors from a distance. The key fob also comes equipped with a panic alarm, which can be used to deter theft.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Mazda MAZDA3 comes as a sedan or hatchback. The i Sport, i Touring, and i Grand touring models come with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, capable of producing 155 horsepower (hp). This engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The s Grand Touring comes with a 167-hp, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Finally, the base i SV comes with a 148-hp, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that comes paired with a five-speed, manual transmission with overdrive.

All MAZDA3 cars are front-wheel drive and are supported by a strut suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear. Both front and rear suspensions are supported by coil springs and gas-pressurized shocks. This combination allows for a smoother ride and handling experience, especially when travelling over uneven or bumpy terrain, like a gravel or dirt road.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mazda MAZDA3

  • Honda Civic
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Volkswagen Golf

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