2018 MAZDA 3

Additional active safety systems are standard equipment in the 2018 Mazda 3. This is a good option in the compact car category. The 2018 Mazda 3 sedan or hatchback delivers when it comes to value. Fun to drive, adaptable, and attractive; it’s a great value. Smart City Brake, an autonomous emergency braking feature that may help avoid low-speed crashes is now standard equipment on every 2018 Mazda 3. IIHS, an independent organization, gave the system an “Advanced” rating, citing its ability to avoid forward crashes at speeds up to 12 miles per hour (mph). A smart Brake is a second, more sophisticated mechanism that can bring the automobile to a halt at greater speeds. Mazda 3 upgrades this year haven’t all been beneficial. The carmaker has secretly discarded a regenerative braking technology from prior years to improve fuel efficiency.


The 2018 MAZDA 3 is offered in 3 trim levels:

  • Sport: Front Wheel Drive
  • Touring: 29 combined MPG
  • Grand Touring: 30 combined MPG

Performance and Fuel Economy

Because of Mazda’s goal of using “right-sizing,” the 3 has a wide variety of powerful gasoline and diesel engines. This isn’t a car for those looking for a 1.0-liter turbo, but rather a 2.0-liter normally aspirated petrol engine with 118bhp that offers silky smoothness and a little bit of character when cranked up. Moving up the range, you’ll find 103bhp 1.5-liter diesel, a 163bhp 2.0-liter petrol, and the range’s most potent, the 2.2-liter diesel.

Unless you drive many miles, we recommend sticking with the creamy entry-level petrol engine for the best performance. With a manual transmission, the car can go from 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds, which lowers to 10.2 seconds. There is an 8.0-second gap between this time and that of the quickest model in the lineup, the 163bhp petrol variant. Fuel efficiency isn’t as remarkable as turbocharged competitors, but the higher displacement of the engine means you’re more likely to achieve the specified fuel economy – an important benefit, given that many tiny turbocharged engines seldom hit half of their advertised fuel economy.

Design, Comfort, and Quality

Additionally, the Mazda3’s interior is a major selling factor. The general look and feel of the automobile is commensurate with a car with a luxury nameplate, with a better-than-average fit and finish for the sector. It’s a step backward and more prone to dust accumulation when piano black trim replaces the simulated carbon fiber texture in the 2017 model.

This is one of the greatest infotainment systems available, not in terms of features but how easy it is to use while driving. Conveniently located and simple to use, the five buttons around it provide rapid access to important system options, and we’re surprised that more manufacturers haven’t embraced a console-mounted volume button. Mazda has revealed that any vehicle equipped with the Mazda Connect system may be updated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration for an additional fee.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, despite the limited adjustability options. Back seat passengers may appreciate greater space for their legs and feet and larger side windows to make them feel less claustrophobic. The sedan Mazda3 Sport’s trunk capacity is just 350 liters, but the Mazda3 Sport 5-door’s trunk capacity is 572 liters.

The fundamental proportions are the weak point of the 2018 Mazda 3. A crowd would have difficulty calling it comfortable in this vehicle because of its small size. Last year, Mazda made the ride quieter and calmer by increasing the amount of sound insulation in the cabin. Based on our experience, it’s worked, and when paired with Mazda’s new “G-Vectoring” control system, the ride is generally composed. There is a mix of high- and low-quality plastic throughout the interior, which is almost unavoidable given the entry-level pricing of the tiny car. The seats in the front are supportive and comfy, with larger front cushions and larger seatbacks that allow for more natural sitting postures.


  • Height: 57.3 in
  • Length: 180.3 in
  • Width: 70.7 in
  • Curb weight: 3100 lbs

Engine type: Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.5 L

Fuel tank: 13.2 g

2018 Mazda 3

2018 MAZDA 3 Factory Service Manual

These manuals go through every aspect of how the car operates. The vehicle’s purchase price includes the service manual for your 2018 MAZDA 3.

  • Safety Restraints
  • Instrumentation
  • Before Driving
  • Starting and Operating
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Specifications
  • Capacities
  • Servicing

The service manuals for the 2018 MAZDA 3 are vast and cover every aspect of the vehicle’s operation. Your 2018 MAZDA 3 service manual is included with the car.

2018 MAZDA 3 — Owner’s Manual

When consumers purchase a 2018 MAZDA 3, they get an owner’s manual containing all the required information for future maintenance and modifications.

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting

While this list is thorough, the owner’s manual for MAZDA 3 provides more operational suggestions to enhance the user experience.

2018 MAZDA 3 Price

The prices of the 2018 MAZDA 3 trim levels:

  • $18,095 or €16252
  • Touring: $20,090 or €18044
  • Grand Touring: $23,145 or €20788

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the 2018 Mazda 3 reliable?

KBB gave it 5 out of 5 for reliability

What problems does the Mazda 3 have?

Vibration at 55mph, airbag light on, rear brake squeaks, rear suspension rattle

What does repair and maintenance cost on the Mazda 3?

$5409 during its first 10 years in service