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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 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 32 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Mazda Mazda3 Review

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

Pros & Cons


  • Spry handling
  • Energetic engines
  • Upscale interior
  • Excellent fuel economy with base engine



  • Sedan models have below-average cargo space


2015 Mazda Mazda3 Overview

Is the 2015 Mazda3 a Good Used Car?

The Mazda3 is a great car in both hatchback and sedan body styles. It has peppy engines, sporty handling, and great fuel economy. The Mazda3's cabin has high-end materials, supportive seats, and straightforward tech features.

Used 2015 Mazda3 Performance and Interior

Few competitors can match the Mazda3's performance. Two four-cylinder engines are available. The base 2.0-liter engine delivers decent acceleration and great fuel economy, while models with the 2.5-liter engine feel very quick. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic is available. Both transmissions feel refined. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the Mazda3 gets up to 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for the class. The Mazda3 really shines when the roads get twisty. It's poised around corners, and it feels nearly as agile as more-expensive sports cars. The steering and suspension are both tuned for thrills. The ride is comfortable over bumpy roads.

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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 compact cars. Beyond the chic appearance, the Mazda3 is also very comfortable. The seats are supportive enough to hold you in place around turns, and they're soft enough to be comfortable for long drives. The rear seats are roomy for two adults, but they're not as spacious as those in class rivals. The outboard rear seats each have a full set of LATCH car-seat connectors, and the middle rear seat has an additional upper tether.

Like most compact cars, the base Mazda3 isn't very well equipped, but a long list of tech features are available, including a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a Bose premium audio system, and Bluetooth. The infotainment system has brisk response times and logical menus. The system is controlled with both the touch screen and a rotary control knob located on the center console. The Mazda3's physical controls are all easy to use. Hatchback models have a typical amount of cargo room compared to rivals, but the Mazda3 sedan's trunk is smaller than those in other compact sedans.

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Used 2015 Mazda3 Prices

Prices for the 2015 Mazda3 range from about $12,000 for the base i SV sedan to around $19,000 for the range-topping s Grand Touring sedan. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location. 

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We Did the Research for You: 28 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 28 published professional reviews to write this Mazda3 overview. Our goal is to make your car buying decision easy, so we've also included important information on fuel economy, reliability, safety, and more.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To keep our reviews unbiased, we don't accept expensive trips or gifts from automakers, and the advertisements on our site are handled by an outside partner.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Mazda3?

The Mazda3 has an average predicted reliability score of three out of five, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Mazda3?

The Mazda3 has one of the highest safety scores in the compact car class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a perfect five-star overall rating. 

The 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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Should I Consider Another Used Mazda3?

The 2015 model is part of the Mazda3's third generation, which launched for 2014 and includes the 2017 Mazda3. For 2015, the larger 2.5-liter engine became available with the six-speed manual transmission as well the automatic. Aside from that, there were no major changes from the redesigned 2014 model. For 2016, a rearview camera, cruise control, and a touch-screen infotainment system were added to the standard features list, and the base i SV trim was dropped from the lineup. 

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Which Used Mazda3 Is Right for Me?

Most buyers should go with the i Sport trim, which has the touch-screen infotainment system, an upgraded audio system, and Bluetooth, none of which are offered 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.

You can get a certified pre-owned Mazda3 at some Mazda dealerships. 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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2015 Mazda3 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda3 or 2015 Honda Civic?

The Honda Civic and Mazda3 are both excellent picks for a used compact car. You'll need to weigh what's most important to you when choosing between them. The Civic is a better option for a daily driver because it has a cushioned ride and better predicted reliability ratings. The Mazda3, however, is more thrilling to drive.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda3 or 2015 Ford Focus?

The Mazda3 and Ford Focus are evenly matched in most ways, but ultimately, the Mazda3 comes out on top. Both models have upscale interiors, excellent handling, and long lists of available safety features. The Focus' significantly lower predicted reliability rating, however, makes the Mazda3 the better used car to buy.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda3 or 2015 Toyota Corolla?

If you're looking for fun behind the wheel, the Mazda3 is the car for you, but if you want a solid and reliable commuter car, the Toyota Corolla is worth a look. It has humdrum performance, but its class-leading predicted reliability rating means it should last you for years to come. The Corolla also gets excellent gas mileage and has spacious rear seats.

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