2018 Mazda 3

Rating8.1

Ranked #3 in Compact Sedan

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Starting MSRP $18,095 - $24,195
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Key Spec of 2018 Mazda 3
fuel economy

28/31/38

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Fun to drive with zippy powertrains

Road & wind noise tend to filter through to the cabin

Forward collision warning & mitigation system is now standard

Some class-leading features

Less interior storage and cargo space than rivals

2.5-liter engine is standard for the Touring trim

Great safety scores

LED headlights are now standard for the Gran Touring model

Stylish, upscale interior

2018 Mazda 3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 21, 2023

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The 2018 Mazda 3 gets only some trim modifications this year with the biggest update being the elimination of the Touring 2.5 trim as the 2.5-liter engine is now standard for the Touring model. Other updates include the standardization of LED headlights for the Grand Touring trim and a forward collision warning & mitigation system for the Sport trims. The 2018 Mazda 3 sedan price starts at $18,990 including the $875 destination fee and includes a price hike of $170 over the older model year

Featuring a 3-trim lineup of Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring, the 2018 Mazda 3 MSRP can be an expense of $18,990-$26,690 this season. Having said that, it simply translates to the fact that the range-leader 2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring will cost you $7,700 more than the Sport for enhanced specs and assets. 

Model

Invoice Price

MSRP

Sport

$17,319 $18,990

Touring

$19,226

$22,485

Grand Touring $22,144 $25,640

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2018 Mazda 3 for Sale

The 2018 Mazda 3 lease deals start at a monthly premium of $277 for 36 months with a 10,000-mile annual mileage limit. The Mazda 3 sedan finance option starts at $330/month for a 60-month tenure at 3.9% APR. Both the buying options require just a $2,000 down payment. 


For budget-oriented buyers, the used Mazda 3 can be availed of with a base price of $1,200. Going for older model years like the 2015 Mazda 3 could be a matter of $6,900 and Mazda 3 2015 can cost as much as $22,872 along with a listing of up to 393 in total.

Model Year

Staring Inventory Price

No. Of Listing

2022 Mazda 3 (Check Now) $23,418 16

2021 Mazda 3

$12,500 232
2020 Mazda 3 $16,900 159
2019 Mazda 3 $14,990 337
2018 Mazda 3 $9,978 593
2017 Mazda 3 $7,999 390
2016 Mazda 3 $6,099 436
2015 Mazda 3 $6,900 393
2014 Mazda 3 $6,900 327
2013 Mazda 3 $2,550 333
2012 Mazda 3 $2,545 393
2011 Mazda 3 $2,299 287

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With plenty of creature comforts and technology offered as standard right from the base 2018 Mazda 3 Sport model, it should serve well to most budget compact sedan buyers. 


The 2018 Mazda 3 may not be the quickest, but it is the best car to drive in the compact class. Designed using Mazda's "Kodo – Soul of Motion" design language, the Mazda 3 looks exciting but doesn't have the biggest cargo capacity. Inside and out, the Mazda 3 is easy to live with and way more attractive than its class rivals. While rivals like the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte offer more features at a lower price, they do not offer a premium interior feel similar to that of the 3 sedan. The Toyota Corolla on the other hand leads the pack in terms of efficiency and dependability. 


Trim wise pricing breakdown


NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)$22144$2314517 Listings
Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)$19226$2009043 Listings
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Over All Rating

8.1Out of 10

8.40
8.00
6.50
8.00
8.20
8.50
9.80
8.00
Notable Rankings

#3 in Compact Sedan

#12 in Sedan


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Trims

Sport$18,095 onwards
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  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Low-Speed forward collision warning
  • Mazda Connect infotainment system w/ 7-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Six-Speaker stereo w/ 2-USB ports
Touring$20,090 onwards
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  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Six-Way power driver's seat
Grand Touring$23,145 onwards
  • Digital speedometer
  • Leather upholstery
  • Led exterior lights
  • Nine-Speaker Bose surround-sound system
  • Sunroof

Used Mazda 3 For Sale

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23
12
Price Drop, $300
Earlier Price: $15800
16 Jul 2022
West Warwick, RI

2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring

Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

$15,500
Est. $210/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,854 Below market
RMV: $19,354
Mileage 72,656 mi.
Listed On 17 May 2022 (253 Days)
17
27
Price Drop, $1000
Earlier Price: $13950
3 Jul 2022
Highland Park, IL

2017 Mazda 3 Touring

Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

$12,950
Est. $175/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,129 Below market
RMV: $16,079
Mileage 103,369 mi.
Listed On 21 Jun 2022 (218 Days)
7
30
Omaha, NE

2018 Mazda 3 Sport

Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

$15,995
Est. $217/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,603 Below market
RMV: $19,598
Mileage 34,944 mi.
Listed On 03 Feb 2022 (356 Days)
13
30
Price Drop, $727
Earlier Price: $13443
20 Apr 2021
Huntington Beach, CA

2017 Mazda 3 Sport

Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

$12,716
Est. $172/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,770 Below market
RMV: $15,486
Mileage 29,121 mi.
Listed On 04 Sep 2020 (873 Days)
24
48
Price Drop, $45
Earlier Price: $17994
13 Feb 2022
Omaha, NE

2018 Mazda 3 Touring Hatchback

Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

$17,949
Est. $243/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,744 Below market
RMV: $21,693
Mileage 43,611 mi.
Listed On 18 Oct 2021 (464 Days)
6
36
Price Drop, $200
Earlier Price: $14498
24 Oct 2022
Miami, FL

2017 Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback

Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

$14,298
Est. $194/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,971 Below market
RMV: $17,269
Mileage 55,139 mi.
Listed On 06 Sep 2022 (141 Days)
15
6New
Brooklyn, NY

2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Hatchback

Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

$19,995
Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,147 Below market
RMV: $24,142
Mileage 4,619 mi.
Listed On 23 Nov 2022 (63 Days)
25
37
Price Drop, $800
Earlier Price: $14788
12 Oct 2022
West Palm Beach, FL

2017 Mazda 3 Touring

Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

$13,988
Est. $189/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,883 Below market
RMV: $16,871
Mileage 68,720 mi.
Listed On 29 Sep 2022 (118 Days)
18
6New
Price Drop, $500
Earlier Price: $13982
2 Jan 2023
Bridgeport, WV

2018 Mazda 3 Touring

Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

$13,482
Est. $183/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,786 Below market
RMV: $16,268
Mileage 96,984 mi.
Listed On 17 Dec 2022 (39 Days)

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2018 Mazda3 is a front-wheel-drive compact car available in two body styles: sedan and a hatchback. It slots below the midsize Mazda6 and starts just above $18,990. For 2018, all Mazda3 trims gain standard forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, and all Touring trims are now powered by the larger 2.5-liter engine. The Mazda3’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are estimated at $22,000, which is average in the class.


Buying Advice


The entry-level Mazda3 Sport is a good choice in the 2018 lineup. For an affordable starting price, the Mazda 3 Sport comes well equipped with tech and safety features. The interior is also designed handsomely and feels premium for the price point. 

Features

6.5/10

Starting from $18,990, the 2018 Mazda 3 sedan price range goes up to $26,690 across the lineup that comprises three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The Sport trim comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the Touring and Grand Touring models get a 2.5-liter engine. All Mazda 3 models are available with either manual or automatic transmission, paired with front-wheel-drive only.

Mazda offers a long list of available features such as a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, and a remote start. The sedan also gets the optional Preferred Equipment package that adds alloy wheels, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, upgraded upholstery, and a rear-seat armrest with cupholders.

Trims Sport Touring Grand Touring
MSRP (Manual) $18,990 $22,485 $25,640
MSRP (Automatic) $20,040 $23,535 $26,690
Key Features 16-inch alloy wheels In addition to or replaces Sport feature with: In addition to or replaces Sport feature with:
  Body-colored, dual folding power side mirrors Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry Power sliding-glass moonroof with one-touch-open feature and interior sunshade
  Clear-lens halogen headlights 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Dark Silver finish Bi-LED headlights with auto-leveling
  Daytime running lights Body-colored folding, heated power side mirrors with integrated turn signals LED Daytime Running Lights
  Dual exhaust with bright tip finishers Auto on/off headlights LED combination tail lights
  Rear roofline spoiler Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring System 12 with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert 13 LED fog lights
  Rear window wiper Dual-zone automatic climate control system Black metallic finish front grille
  Dual map lights and rear cabin light 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustment Roof-mounted "shark fin" antenna
  3-point seat belts for all seating positions Variable heated front seats Perforated leather-trimmed sport seats
  Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) Leatherette-trimmed sport seats Bose 9 speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint 2 and AudioPilot 2
  Dynamic Stability Control6 and Traction Control System Leather-wrapped steering wheel SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 4-month trial subscription 11
  Air conditioning with pollen filter Leather-wrapped gear shift knob Full-color Active Driving Display
  Power door locks with 2-stage unlocking feature Rain-sensing windshield wipers Analog tachometer and digital speedometer
  Power windows w/driver one-touch up/down Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry  

The Grand Touring trim is eligible for the Premium Equipment package which includes adaptive pivoting headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and Smart Brake Support.

Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2.0-liter-equipped Mazda3 sedan gets an EPA fuel economy ratings of 28/38 mpg city/highway with the automatic or 28/37 mpg with the manual transmission. With the larger 2.5-liter, the 3 sedan's fuel economy is rated 27/36 mpg with the automatic and 25/34 mpg with the manual. 

Model

2018 Mazda Mazda3

2018 Kia Forte

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Hyundai Elantra

MPG (city)

28

29

28

28

MPG (highway)

37

37

35

37

MPG (combined)

31

32

31

32

By comparison the 2018 Mazda3 gets good fuel economy in the compact class, however, the 2018 Forte sedan leads the chart with EPA rated 29 mpg in the city. Though the 2018 Corolla isn't that powerful it still lags behind the fuel economy section in this comparison.

Interior

8.2/10

"The 2018 Mazda3 might have the nicest cabin of any compact car. It looks stylish without feeling busy. The materials quality is excellent, and that extends to the user-friendly infotainment system." - cars.usnews

2018 Mazda3 Seating and Comfort

The Mazda 3 boasts a thoughtfully designed interior with a driver-centric layout. Most of the buyers enjoy being inside the 3's cabin, thanks to its spacious front row. There is plenty of legroom, headroom, and shoulder room even for over 6-foot tall adults. The rear legroom however feels cramped if the driver is tall. Though, the driver can find an excellent driving position, thanks to the wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments. 

Overall, the Mazda3 has one of the nicest interiors in its class, especially its smart design. The cost-cutting techniques are well-appreciated as all the hard plastic is textured and does not feel cheap. The dashboard is trimmed with soft-touch plastics and elegant metal accents. The base Mazda3 Sport also has a few padded surfaces and remains quiet. Everything feels solidly built as well, with no creaks.

Model

2018 Mazda Mazda3

2018 Kia Forte

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Hyundai Elantra

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume(ft cube) w/ sunroof

96.3

95

97.1

95.8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

38.6/57.2/42.2

39.1/56.1/42.2

38.0/54.8/42.3

38.8/56.2/42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

37.6/54.4/35.8

37.3/54.9/35.9

37.1/54.8/41.4

37.3/55.3/35.7

Going with the Mazda3 will deliver an Audi-like experience as the interiors look way better than the price point. Else, look for Toyota Corolla's practical interiors which looks dated by scores high on utility. Kia Forte's interior comprises premium materials and the latest tech, which is somewhat similar to the Hyundai Elantra.

Interior Features

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Digital speedometer
  • Six-way power seats and heated front seats.
  • leather upholstery
  • 7” Infotainment touch screen

2018 Mazda3 Infotainment System

The Mazda3 comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen MazdaConnect infotainment system. The display offers clear graphics and is within easy access of the driver. There is a BMW-style iDrive controller at your disposal while the layout is simple. There are physical buttons and knobs on the center console as redundant controlling options. Though we don't like the screen's ack of response which is limited to touch inputs while the vehicle is stopped or parked.

Mazda does not offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, otherwise common in many other compact cars. The Mazda 3 offers an extensive list of technology upgrades as well including a 9 speaker surround system for the best music quality. 

2018 Mazda3 Cargo Capacity

At 12.4 cubic feet, the trunk of the Mazda3 sedan is a bit small for a compact car. Folding the rear seats expands the space and opens up flat cargo space and it's easy to load and unload items. However, we recommend the Mazda3 hatchback for those looking for more practicality. 

Model

2018 Mazda Mazda3

2018 Kia Forte

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Hyundai Elantra

Volume (ft cube)

12.4

14.9

13.0

14.4

A few other compact cars offer more cargo room, such as the 2018 Kia Forte and 2018 Subaru Hyundai Elantra. As for the small storage, the MAzda3 offers deep door pockets, a cellphone tray, and good-sized cupholders. It could have been better as some of the rivals integrate storage space in a much better way.

Exterior

8.5/10

Mazda’s entire lineup is handsome, and the revisions made to the 3 for 2017 brought additional crispness to its taut, athletic lines, which look particularly fetching on the profile of the hatchback. -caranddriver

Dimension and Weight

Mazda gave the 3 sedans a mild refresh last year, and the 2018 Mazda 3 sports a better exterior look. Available in two body styles, the sedan, and hatchback, both rank above average for their zesty exterior. The car's overall proportions look like rear-drive proportions and the Mazda 3’s nose looks aggressive, unlike its predecessors with a soft face.

The front pillars have moved 4 inches farther back from the hood, and certainly, give a glimpse of a performance sports car. The athletic profile of the sedan matches its dynamics and looks pleasant to the eyes. Though the hatch uses a streamlined, fastback roofline both the sedan and hatch have rounded rear ends.

Model

2018 Mazda Mazda3

2018 Kia Forte

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Hyundai Elantra

Curb weight(lbs)

2967

3917

2885

2900

Length(in)

180.3

179.5

183.1

179.9

Width(in)

70.7

70.1

69.9

70.9

Height(in)

57.3

56.3

57.3

56.5

Ground clearance(in)

6.1

5.3

6.7

5.3

Wheelbase(in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

Yes, the Forte has a tempting stance with Kia’s signature design elements starting from the large grille that houses the brand monogram, but still, a second glance and you will find there is plenty of room for improvement. Also, since it is based on the Hyundai Elantra, the Forte shares a lot of similarities including the platform.

Exterior Features

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Self-leveling LED headlamps
  • Rear spoiler
  • Keyless entry
  • Power sunroof

Safety

9.8/10

The IIHS named the Mazda3 a 2018 Top Safety Pick+, thanks to its top rating of Good in all areas of crash-test and an Average score on the headlights test. The properly equipped Mazda3 models earned a Superior rating on the front crash prevention test. The NHTSA gave the 3 sedans an overall safety rating of five out of five stars.

All MAzda3 trims come standard with a rearview camera and a low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist. Grand Touring trim is eligible for a Premium Equipment package which includes advanced driver assistance features such as below:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Full-speed forward collision warning with brake assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive pivoting headlights
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Traffic sign recognition

Competition

8.0/10

2018 Mazda mazda3 vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

The 2018 Toyota Corolla trails the MAzda3 in some areas. The Corolla's drive is uninspiring while the Mazda is one of the most fun to drive cars in the class. The MAzda3's cabin materials are way more premium, unlike the Toyota Corolla which feels cheap inside. Also, Toyota's engine isn’t very punchy.

Overall, the Mazda3 is more enjoyable to drive, but the Toyota Corolla is still one of the best-selling compact cars. The Toyota has a higher predicted reliability rating, higher fuel economy, roomy seating space, and user-friendly tech features.

2018 Mazda mazda3 vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra

In this value-packed segment, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra adds a versatile hatchback just like the Mazda3 nameplate. Though both are good options, the Mazda3 is the one to go for. The Hyundai Elantra has nothing bad but at the same time does not stand out. It is practical, affordable, and comes with ample standard features and class-leading warranty coverage.

On the other hand, the Mazda3 sedan is one of the best cars you can drive with an upscale interior and advanced safety features. The only downside of the Mazda3 is its cramped rear seats.

Final Verdict


The 2018 Mazda 3 is a great bargain in the compact car segment, especially considering its merits. The starting price is average in the class but for the price, the MAzda3 sedan looks way more premium inside-out. The driving dynamics and acceleration is some of the best in the class while the interior materials feel upscale. There are ample available advanced safety features, however, we miss the all-wheel-drive option.

Features
vehicle bio
base price

$21140

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

152 cu in

horse power

184 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

185 lb.-ft. @ 3250 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

180.3 in

wheelbase

106.3 in

width

70.7 in

curb weight

3100 lbs

Height

57.3 in

Ground Clearance

6.1 in

capacity
passenger volume

96.3 cu ft

cargo volume

12.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

27/30/36 mpg

highway range

475.20 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Mazda 3 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$17,655
5 Year Cost To Own
$34,848
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $34,848
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$2,086$1,523$1,442$1,691$1,602$8,344
Insurance$1,294$1,339$1,386$1,435$1,485$6,939
Fuel$1,830$1,884$1,941$1,999$2,059$9,713
Maintenance$282$576$456$970$1,861$4,145
RepairsNANA$125$298$435$858
Financing Interest$949$764$565$354$128$2,760
Taxes and Fees$1,508$160$150$141$130$2,089
Total Cost-To-Own$7,949$6,246$6,065$6,888$7,700$34,848
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FAQs

Is a Mazda3 good on gas?With the base 2L engine, the 2018 Mazda 3 gets an EPA-rated 28/38 MPG in city highway conditions while the more powerful 2.5L powertrain is rated for 25/34 MPG respectively. Both the powertrains offer decent frugality on its own but the rivals are considerably more efficient than the Mazda 3.
Are Mazda3 sedans reliable?The 2018 Mazda 3 gets an overall reliability rating of 80/100 which puts it at the top compact sedans behind the likes of the Chevy Cruze, Toyota Corolla, and the VW Jetta. Add to that the not-so-prominent recall history and one can consider the Mazda 3 to be a pretty dependable car.
What are the cons of the Mazda 3?Apart from the slightly higher price tag and the comparatively lower fuel efficiency, the 2018 Mazda 3 suffers from poor rear visibility, lack of smartphone integration on lower models, smaller trunk space, and availability of premium features with only the top trim.
What is a Mazda3 2018 worth?In today's market, a used 2018 Mazda 3 is available for sale starts from a low price tag of $9,978 while a well-maintained pristine condition model can cost almost $30,000.

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