2020 Mazda 3

MSRP $21,500 - $27,900

Ranked #10 in Midsize Sedan

2020 Mazda 3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 18, 2021

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The 2020 Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback's price and body size place them in the compact cars segment, but they look much superior. Topped by the likes of the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the 3 sedans highlights European dynamics and composed styling. Known for its upscale interior, the 2020 Mazda 3 improves its infotainment gap and even adds more safety features as standard. Pricing for the sedan starts from $21,500 MSRP and ranges up to $27,900 for the Premium trim.

Mazda 3 may not be as powerful as some competitors, the sedan boasts an engaging driving experience with superb ride and handling. You can buy a Mazda 3 sedan with all-wheel drive, a feature that is rare in the compact class.

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Pros

Well built interiors

Comfortable ride

Best in class handling

Awesome All-Wheel-Drive

Cons

Confined passenger space in the rear

No manual transmission for lower trims

What's New?

I-ActivSense driver-assist suite now standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

126 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

186 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

186 ft-lb. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11/10.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

107.3 in.

length

183.5 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3071 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1008 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

10.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/30/35 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$21,500 onwards

Select$22,700 onwards

Preferred$24,200 onwards

Premium$26,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Mazda 3 in Sonic Silver Metallic color
Sonic Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


With prices starting at $21,000, the 2020 Mazda 3 compliments Porsche-like design references and shares fluidic precision on every inch of the sedan. From the climate control system to the audio knobs, all of them feel comfortable and offer equal resistance when turned. Mazda has given utmost attention to detail in order to provide the best-in-class driving experience. The 2.5L inline-4 never feels short of power. It is not a track-worthy car but offers a lot of joy in spirited driving.

Although it feels like a complete package, there are several competitors that are breaking ground as well. The Honda Civic gets you more features as standard while the Kia Forte offers enough customizations to suit all your needs. Even so, nothing would beat the excellent value for money that the Toyota Camry offers. It is the best selling sedan in the US for a reason.

2020 Mazda 3 sedan
2020 Mazda 3 sedan

7.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2020 Mazda 3 Features

7.0/10

The 2020 Mazda 3 sedan is available in four trim levels - base, Select, Preferred, and Premium. Pricing starts at $21,500 for the base trim and goes up to $27,900 for the top-of-the-line Mazda 3 Premium AWD. The 2020 Mazda 3 sedan competes with rivals such as the Kia Forte, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Subaru Impreza. All variants of the Mazda 3 sedan are powered by a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve, 4 cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. All the sedan trims come with a front-wheel-drive as standard, with all-wheel-drive available as an option for all except the base sedan.

Model Base Select Preferred Premium
MSRP (FWD) $21,500 $22,700 $24,200 $26,500
MSRP (AWD) - $24,100 $25,600 $27,900
Key Features Daytime Running Lights Adds/Upgrades to Base trim- Adds/Upgrades to Select trim- Adds/Upgrades to Preferred trim-
  16-inch Alloys Apple CarPlay 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat WIndshield-project full Active Driving Display
  Body-Colored, Dual Folding Power side Mirrors 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels Side mirror memory adjustment Distance Pacing Cruise Control
  i-Activesense Driver Assist Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry SiriusXM Satellite radio Power sliding-glass moonroof 
  Adaptive Cruise Control  Body-colored folding, heated power side mirrors with integrated turn signals Black metallic finish front grille Adaptive Front-lighting system
  Blind-spot Monitoring A dual-zone automatic climate control system Bose 12 speaker surround sound system  Paddle shifters
  Rain-sensing windshield wipers Android Auto Illuminated visor vanity mirrors Leather-trimmed sport seats
  An 8.8-inch large center display Leather-Finish Interior Variable heated front seats  

We Recommend:

The Select package of the 2020 Mazda 3 sedan is the most valued package. Adding just over $1000 to the base price, Mazda 3 Select fetches you more comfort and safety features including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, proximity keyless entry, synthetic leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat center armrest, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

2020 Mazda 3 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

"The 2020 Mazda 3 has a very responsive powertrain plus precise steering, a firm but compliant ride, and very capable handling."- The Car Connection

Under the hood, the 2020 Mazda 3 comes with a standard 2.5L inline-four engine that produces 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. It is not that sporty but the freedom of being naturally aspirated makes it a joy for spirited driving. The Mazda 3 can reach 60 mph from a standstill in a reasonable 8.1 seconds. It is the Honda Civic that surpasses the Mazda 3 in terms of straight-line performance.

The engine is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission which comes with all trims as standard. The 6-speed manual transmission with paddle shifters comes as an option only for the Premium trim. Nevertheless, the automatic works smoothly to cater to all your driving needs. And it is not likely you are taking this car out on a track anytime soon. The response from the throttle is adequate and you never feel out of power when out on the highway.

Models

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic 

2020 Kia Forte      

2020 Hyundai Elantra 

MSRP

$21,500

$24,377

$22,090

$21,250

Engine

2.5L Naturally aspirated  Inline-4

1.5L Intercooled Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic 

Continuously variable-speed transmission

Intelligent variable-speed transmission

Continuously variable-speed transmission

Power

186hp@6,000 RPM

174hp@6,000 RPM

147hp@5,500 RPM

147hp@5,500 RPM

Torque 

186lb-ft@4,000 RPM

162lb-ft@1,700 RPM

132lb-ft@2,100 RPM

132lb-ft@1,400 RPM

0-60 MPH 

8.1 sec

7.5 sec

6.9 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.0 sec

15.5 sec

15.2 sec

16.4 sec

Top Speed 

131 MPH

N/A

124 MPH

116 MPH

Curb Weight

3248

2903

2903 3075

60-0 mph

112 ft.

113 ft.

118 ft.

119 ft.

The brakes on the 2020 Mazda 3 Sedan may not be the biggest but provide excellent control of the car at any speed. During a panic stop, the Mazda 3 can stop dead from 60 mph within 112 feet, a feat unmatched by any other sedan in this segment. For what it's worth, the Mazda 3 sedan offers a great value package. For those who prefer a more hands-on experience, the manual transmission of the Honda Civic provides the ability just right. 

The Honda Civic comes a close second to the Mazda, losing because of its slightly smaller brake size. The weight of the car is always a factor when braking is considered. However, the Mazda 3 has excellent driving dynamics that provide it sufficient traction to more than make up for it. That is why lighter cars with bigger brakes fare worse than the Mazda.

Ride and Handling

The overhaul of the 2020 Mazda 3 equips it with a retuned suspension that makes the Mazda a comfortable compact sedan on any tarmac. The steering is responsive and there is no drama as the car turns into a corner. Even at highway speeds, understeer is kept to a minimum. The car sprints ahead with lively acceleration as you put your foot down when coming out of the corner, which is something not a lot of budget sedans are able to do. Going for the AWD is rewarding, as the added traction keeps the car gripped to the road in the best possible manner.

The cabin is mostly quiet. Even the engine drone is anything but audible at city speeds. Some wind and road noise makes its way into the cabin as you speed up, though active noise cancellation of the audio system helps minimize that. The automatic transmission makes every shift smooth, though it takes away some fun out of the driving experience, focusing on convenience instead.

2020 Mazda 3 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The generous power output of the Mazda 3 doesn't come without any trade-offs. The 2020 Mazda 3 FWD sedan with automatic transmission gets an EPA estimated 26/35 mpg city highway, which puts it at the bottom of the barrel in this price range. The automatic Mazda 3 with cylinder deactivation improves the fuel economy by 1 MPG. The AWD-equipped models are rated at 25/33 mpg.

Model

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic 

2020 Kia Forte      

2020 Hyundai Elantra 

MPG (City)

26

32

29

30

MPG (Highway)

35

42

40

40

MPG (Combined)

30

36

33

34

Fuel Capacity 

13.2 gallons 12.4 gallons 14.0 gallons 14.0 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

343.2/462.0/356 miles 397/521/421 miles 406.0/560.0/490 miles 420.0/560.0/532 miles

The Honda Civic takes the crown of the most fuel-efficient budget sedan with a combined fuel economy of 36 mpg. All Mazda 3 sedan comes equipped with 13.2 gallons fuel tank capacity, which delivers a mixed driving range of more than 350 miles.

2020 Mazda 3 Interior

8.2/10

"Mazda has succeeded in delivering a sporty premium experience without sacrificing comfort. Credit its compliant ride, comfortable and supportive seating, and sufficiently noise-insulated cabin."-Edmunds

The quality of the interior of the 2020 Mazda 3 might be mistaken for a much more expensive luxury sedan. It is well-built with each panel assembled with precision. Most of the trims offer leather upholstery, so the cabin feels supple and smooth to touch from every seating position. The tech inside the 2020 Mazda 3 finally came in line with all the latest trends in technology, as it tries to add a few of its own. You now get a standard 8.8-inch infotainment screen and a 7-inch driver information display. Though Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, it's quite competitive.

 

The dual-zone climate control works well for all atmospheric conditions. The heated seats have multiple levels of heating, providing maximum comfort over a wide range of temperatures. Mazda uses old-fashioned knobs and dials to make it easier to access the climate controls, unlike the fancier Mercs which have a screen and ten different menus just to cool the cabin down on a hot California summer day.

Model

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic 

2020 Kia Forte      

2020 Hyundai Elantra 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.0/55.7/42.3

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.8/56.1/42.2

40.3/56.2/42.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/53.5/35.1

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.5/55.3/35.7

37.3/55.3/35.7

Still, a few plastic bits here and there remind you that this is a Mazda after all. There is plenty of headroom and legroom for all occupants, though taller passengers in the back might feel cramped. The sloping roofline might make it difficult to get in and out of the cabin, but the wide-open doors ensure that doesn't become much of a problem. The Civic comes the closest since it has a long list of standard features that are mostly offered as options on the Mazda. 

Some other infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 8-speaker full-range door-mounted type sound system
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio
  • 2 USB ports
  • MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system inc. voice command
  • 8.8-inch center display
  • Multi-function commander control
  • Radio broadcast data system program information
  • Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility

Interior Features

  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: adjustable front and rear headrests
  • 8-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement and Cushion Tilt
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Leather Steering Wheel & Shift Knob

The 2020 Mazda 3 offers a generous 13.2 cubic feet of boot space which is adequate for the size of this sedan. It has a wide trunk lid that makes it easier to load in luggage. If required, the back seats can be folded down to increase the trunk space. There is plenty of small-item storage upfront, though. A dedicated smartphone stands with wireless charging, a hidden storage compartment beneath the console, and a cupholder for every passenger just to mention a few.

Model

Mazda 3 Select

Kia Forte EX

Honda Civic Sport

Toyota Corolla XLE

Hyundai Elantra Sport

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.2

15.3

15.1

13.0

14.4

Though it makes for a good utility for any urban commuter, other sedans fare better in terms of cargo capacity. The Kia Forte has the biggest boot in the bunch. With all seats upright, the Kia can store up to 15.3 cubic feet of luggage.

2020 Mazda 3 Exterior

7.0/10

"Few will argue with the sedan’s beauty. We think it is among the most stylish in its segment."-Kelley Blue Book

It certainly seems like the designers worked hard for the 2020 update of the Mazda 3. It is easy to mistake it for a sports sedan from afar. Its smooth streaks and elegant lines over the front running uninterruptedly through the back of the car reminds us a lot of the Porsche 911. It is a beauty to look at, with no aggressive outlines or any sharp edges that disrupt the finish of the car. The doors merge with the body of the car seamlessly. The slim LED headlights go well with the low slung design of the Mazda 3.

The 2020 Mazda 3 sedan is a big and heavy car. It has a wide tread on the road and you may want to keep it separated from tight confines or narrow streets as much as possible. The smaller sedans in this price range may not handle quite as smoothly, but their compactness would make it easier to park in a crowded lot.

Model

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic 

2020 Kia Forte      

2020 Hyundai Elantra 

Curb Weight 

3,071 lbs

2,976 lbs

2,903 lbs

2,857 lbs

Length 

175.6"

177.9"

182.7"

181.9"

Width 

70.7"

70.7"

70.9"

70.9"

Height 

56.9"

56.5"

56.5"

56.5"

Ground Clearance 

5.5"

5.1"

5.3"

5.3"

Wheelbase

107.3"

106.3"

106.3"

106.3"

 Exterior Features

  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Front Lower Bumper Black Gloss Decoration
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Side Mirror Turn Lamps
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • LED Brakelights
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights

2020 Mazda 3 Safety

7.0/10

The IIHS has rated the 2020 Mazda 3 sedan with the highest grade of 'Good' in all crash-test categories, which proves beyond any doubt that the Mazda 3 can ensure the safety of the occupants in the event of any crash. So far, there has been no report from the NHTSA regarding the crashworthiness of the 2020 Mazda 3, though we can safely assume it will share a similar result.

The advanced suite of safety tech that inhabits the Mazda 3 sedan can help the driver avoid most of the hazardous scenarios. Tests from the IIHS proved that the Mazda 3 is capable of avoiding a head-on collision at speeds up to 25 mph. An array of blind spot sensors can alert the driver of any potential obstacles out of the line of sight. A Driver Attention Alert System is standard for the Select trim and above. This system monitors 70 different parameters to determine the signs of fatigue or if enough attention is paid on the road ahead. 

Safety Features

  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • MazdaConnect Emergency SOS
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning And Lane Keep Assist
  • Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Emergency Braking
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Back-Up Camera with Cross-Traffic Alert

2020 Mazda 3 Competition

9.0/10

2020 Mazda 3 vs 2020 Kia Forte

Mazda has redesigned the sedan for 2020 and this has resulted in a slight change in the legroom of the car. It is not that much of an inconvenience, though the Kia Forte is a car that offers better passenger space than the Mazda 3. In terms of performance, the Mazda 3 can run circles around the Forte, albeit with less fuel efficiency. The standard safety suite and a gorgeous exterior design tip the decision in favor of the Mazda 3. Not to mention the Mazda is not that prone to safety and operational hazards as much as any Kia in the US market.

2020 Mazda 3 vs 2020 Honda Civic

The Civic has been a cult offering from Honda in the US car market for a very long time now. When compared with the 2020 Mazda 3 sedan, Honda Civic stands on the second podium due to a less powerful engine on the Mazda 3 which in turn strips the car of drive quality and acceleration. Although when compared in terms of safety, the Civic definitely feels more eligible due to the standard Honda Sense suite safety technologies. The interiors of the Mazda 3 are designed plusher and premium giving it an upper edge when compared to slightly less posh and practical Honda Civic. Better safety features, enhanced performance, and improved reliability make the Mazda 3 a clear winner.

2020 Mazda 3 Final Verdict

The Mazda 3 is a promising offering in the US car market, with almost all the features possible in a sedan coupled with amazing aesthetics and a powerful engine. On practical grounds, Mazda also has good fuel economy and amazing drive quality. If slightly less legroom in the rear seats and a front-wheel drive doesn't bother you, Mazda 3 is one of the best sedans you can go for.

2020 Mazda 3 FAQs

Is Mazda 3 reliable?

Yes. The average annual repair cost for a Mazda 3 sedan is $433, which is way less than other sedans in this segment. It is, therefore, less prone to failure of components or breakdowns.

Is Mazda 3 a compact sedan?

Yes. Its short wheelbase and low ride height make it a fun-to-drive compact sedan.

How fast can a Mazda3 go?

The 2020 Mazda3 Sedan can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 8.1 seconds. It can cover a quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph.

Is Mazda3 expensive to insure?

No. The average annual premium for a 2020 Mazda3 Sedan is $394, which is 54% lower than the class average.

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