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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Mazda Mazda3 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Compact Cars category. Currently the Mazda Mazda3 has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 32 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2015 Mazda Mazda3 Review

The 2015 Mazda3 ranks near the top of the compact car class, thanks to its athletic handling, premium cabin, and above-average crash test scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior
  • Spry handling
  • Energetic engines
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Below-average cargo space in sedan models

2015 Mazda Mazda3 Overview

Is the 2015 Mazda3 a Good Used Car?

The Mazda3 is a great used compact car that's available in both hatchback and sedan body styles. It boasts peppy engines, great fuel economy, and below-average operating costs. The Mazda3's cabin has high-end materials, supportive seats, and straightforward tech features.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 32 professional evaluations for this 2015 Mazda3 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Mazda3?

Our site has over 1,400 listings for the 2015 Mazda3, with an average price of about $14,700. Prices range from about $11,900 to roughly $18,000, and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Mazda Mazda3 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Mazda3 are estimated to be about $21,140. That’s below average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mazda3?

The 2018 Mazda3 starts at $18,095. In its high-end listings, the 2015 model costs around $18,000, which is within spitting distance of a base 2018 model. However, a top-of-the-line 2015 Mazda3 is equipped with a four-cylinder engine that produces 29 more horsepower than the 2018 model’s base engine. The 2015 Mazda3 is also available with a moonroof, a head-up display, satellite radio, a premium sound system, navigation, and dual-zone automatic climate control, among other features. Also, the 2018 model has the lowest possible predicted reliability rating, while the 2015 model’s reliability rating is about average. In this comparison, you're better off with a used model.

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The 2019 Kia Forte has a base price of $17,790, and it falls in the 2015 Mazda3’s price range. The Kia has comparable passenger space to the Mazda, but it has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space in its sedan body style compared with 12.4 cubic feet in the Mazda. However, the Mazda3 has many more standard features than the Forte, as well as the stronger 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine (compared to the base Forte’s 147-horsepower engine). Overall, the Mazda3 is a better choice than the Forte.

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Which Model Year of the Mazda3 Is Best?

The 2015 model is part of a generation that launched for 2014 and includes the 2018 Mazda3. For 2015, the 2.5-liter engine became available with a six-speed manual transmission. In prior model years, an automatic was the only choice with this optional engine. Aside from that, there were no major changes since the redesigned 2014 Mazda3. For 2016, a rearview camera, cruise control, and a touch-screen infotainment system became standard, though upper trims in earlier models had those features. Given the minimal changes over the years, the 2014 model is the best choice for most Mazda3 shoppers.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mazda3?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Mazda3 a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Mazda3 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Mazda3 has three open recalls. One is for parking brake actuators that may corrode, which could keep the brake from working properly. The second recall is for a possible leak from a deformed fuel tank, while the third involves a fuel shutoff valve that may cause a fuel leak. Before you buy any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Mazda3 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mazda3 comes in six trims: i SV, i Sport, i Touring, s Touring, i Grand Touring, and s Grand Touring. Models with the i designation have a 155-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and models with the s lettering come with a 184-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder.

Most buyers should go with the i Sport trim, which has a touch-screen infotainment system, an upgraded audio system, and Bluetooth – none of these features are available in the base i SV model. The i Touring and higher trims all have advanced safety features. For maximum fun, you'll want the larger available engine in the s Touring or s Grand Touring models.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mazda Mazda3 Warranty

Based on our analysis, Mazda’s certified pre-owned program is among the best available. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. To qualify as CPO, each vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the Mazda3?

The 2015 Mazda3 has one of the highest safety scores in the compact car class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Mazda3 a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, which is the institute’s highest accolade.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The 2015 Mazda3 stands out in the class for its extensive list of available advanced safety features, which include blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning.

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2015 Mazda Mazda3 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda Mazda3 or 2015 Honda Civic?

The 2015 Honda Civic and 2015 Mazda3 are both excellent picks among used compact cars. The Civic’s cushioned ride makes it a better daily driver. However, the Mazda3 is more thrilling from behind the wheel, and its base model is much more fuel-efficient on the highway than the 2015 Civic. Choose the car that best fits your needs.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda Mazda3 or 2015 Ford Focus?

The 2015 Mazda3 and 2015 Ford Focus are evenly matched in many ways, but ultimately, the Mazda comes out on top. Both models have upscale interiors, excellent handling, and long lists of available safety features. However, the base Mazda is a bit more fuel-efficient than the Ford. The Focus' significantly lower reliability rating also makes the Mazda3 the better used car to buy.

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2015 Mazda3 Performance

How Does the 2015 Mazda Mazda3 Drive?

The 2015 Mazda3 is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. It handles admirably, has precise steering, and feels secure on the highway. The Mazda3 also has a solid ride, but wind and road noise are more audible in this Mazda than in other compact cars. In Mazda3 s models, some bumps can be felt on uneven roads, in part because of the car’s 18-inch wheels.

The Mazda3 i models come with a 155-horsepower four-cylinder engine, while s models have a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Either engine can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

The base engine is strong enough for most driving situations. However, the 184-horsepower engine is the better choice because it’s quieter and more powerful, and it delivers stronger acceleration. Also, with the automatic transmission, this engine offers nearly identical fuel economy to the base engine.

Does the 2015 Mazda Mazda3 Get Good Gas Mileage?

When equipped with the manual transmission, the base Mazda3 gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which are excellent ratings for the class. Models with the six-speed automatic rate even better at 30/40 mpg city/highway. When equipped with the 184-horsepower engine and automatic transmission, the Mazda3 gets up to 29/39 mpg.

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2015 Mazda3 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Mazda3 Seat?

The 2015 Mazda3 seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available.

The Mazda3 has one of the most upscale interiors in the class. Adorned with soft-touch surfaces, its cabin wouldn't be out of place in some luxury small cars. Beyond the chic appearance, the Mazda3 is also comfortable. The seats are supportive enough to hold you in place around turns, and they're comfortable even on long drives.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Mazda Mazda3?

The Mazda3’s outboard rear seats have full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, and the middle rear seat has an additional upper tether. The hatchback’s system earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which said the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seats.

2015 Mazda Mazda3 Features

The 2015 Mazda3 comes standard with a four-speaker stereo, USB and auxiliary inputs, push-button start, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Available features include cruise control, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 7-inch touch screen with the Mazda Connect infotainment system, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, a CD player, Bluetooth, and navigation.

The Mazda3’s interior controls are clearly laid out and easy to use. Also, the available infotainment system is intuitive, and it responds quickly to user inputs. The Mazda3’s screen and rotary dial control are similar to what you’ll find in some luxury cars.

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2015 Mazda Mazda3 Dimensions

Mazda Mazda3 Cargo Space

The 2015 Mazda3 sedan has 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is slightly below average for a compact car. The hatchback has 20.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 47.1 cubic feet with them folded. That’s about average for a hatchback.

2015 Mazda3 Length and Weight

The Mazda3 sedan is 15 feet long, while the hatchback measures 14.6 feet. The sedan’s curb weight ranges from 2,854 to 3,001 pounds, and the hatchback’s curb weight ranges from 2,852 to 3,016 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Mazda3 Built?

The 2015 Mazda3 sedan was manufactured in both Japan and Mexico.

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