2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback


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Starting MSRP 

$23,700 - $28,900

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Key Spec of 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


186 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Well Built Interior

Divisive Styling

Upgraded Engine

Awesome All-Wheel-Drive

No manual transmission for lower trims

Freshly designed interior with new tech

Comfortable Ride

Confined Rear Passenger Space

Best in class Handling

2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mazda 3 has been upgraded intensely for the year 2020, and we are all the more happy for it. The car desperately needed a step-up since good driving fun can only get you so far in a hatchback. It has now caught up with most of the featurettes and technological amenities, just like that one friend that finally gets to appreciate your favorite web series after watching a few episodes. The Mazda 3 looks stunning, goes fast, and has all the technology to keep any millennial content.

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Base$23,700 onwards

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Preferred$25,200 onwards

Premium$27,500 onwards

Used 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback For Sale

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2019 Mazda 3Home Delivery
Price Drop, $200
Previous Price: $1949520 Jun 2021

2019 Mazda 3 Sedan

Hatchback FWD

Est. $261/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,692 Below market
RMV: $21,987
Keene, NH
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2020 Mazda 3
Price Drop, $100
Previous Price: $2239024 Jun 2022

2020 Mazda 3 Select

Select 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Est. $302/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,080 Below market
RMV: $25,370
Owings Mills, MD
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2020 Mazda 3
Price Drop, $2235
Previous Price: $2514108 Jul 2022

2020 Mazda 3

4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Est. $310/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,098 Below market
RMV: $26,004
Baton Rouge, LA
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2019 Mazda 3
Price Drop, $188
Previous Price: $2198826 Jul 2022

2019 Mazda 3 Premium

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

Est. $295/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,820 Below market
RMV: $24,620
Seaford, NY
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2020 Mazda 3
Price Drop, $600
Previous Price: $2298814 Jun 2022

2020 Mazda 3 Select

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

Est. $303/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,839 Below market
RMV: $25,227
Bel Air, MD
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2019 Mazda 3Home Delivery
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $2295021 Jul 2022

2019 Mazda 3 Preferred Hatchback

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

Est. $304/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,840 Below market
RMV: $25,290
San Diego, CA
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2019 Mazda 3
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $2399526 Jul 2022

2019 Mazda 3 Preferred Hatchback

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

Est. $312/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,862 Below market
RMV: $25,857
Cherry Hill, NJ
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2021 Mazda 3
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1899514 Jun 2022

2021 Mazda 3

4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

Est. $244/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,222 Below market
RMV: $20,217
Louisville, TN
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2021 Mazda 3
Price Drop, $572
Previous Price: $2546017 Jun 2022

2021 Mazda 3 Preferred

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

Est. $337/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,051 Below market
RMV: $27,939
Portland, OR
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Colors and Styles

2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback in Crystal White Pearl color
Crystal White Pearl

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The precise handling the Mazda 3 has been offering for several generations has not deteriorated at all. It's still slick and confident in turns. Last year’s optional 2.5L 4-cylinder is standard now, which ensures tremendous power no matter which trim you pick. All-Wheel-Drive is also available which provides plenty of grip on low traction surfaces. The 2020 Mazda 3 faces stiff competition from the Hyundai Veloster, the Volkswagen Golf, and the Toyota Corolla. All of them being less expensive to own than the Mazda.

2020 Mazda 3
2020 Mazda 3


The 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback is offered in three separate trims levels. All three share the same engine, a 2.5L inline-4 that has been tuned from the previous year to generate even more power. The base trim takes over from the Select trim of the sedan, with all the features included from the get-go. The Preferred trim is smack dab in the middle and adds in more convenience and comfort features. The Premium package is the most well-equipped and expensive of the lot. With all the boxes ticked, it can easily cost more than $30,000.

Trim Base Preferred Premium
MSRP $25,200 $26,420 $28,920
Key Features 2.5L inline-4 engine Height Adjustable power seats Leather Upholstery
  186 hp Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support Painted alloy wheels
  186 lb-ft of torque Multi-level Heating seats Powered Sunroof
  Automatic Temperature control Satellite Radio  
  8.8-inch LCD Touchscreen 12-speaker Bose sound system  
  Valet Function    
  Speed-Sensitive Audio Control    
  8-speaker audio system    

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The Preferred Package with AWD is the best to go for in the case of the Mazda 3 Hatchback. IT gets you most of the premium features such as the Bose Sound System and heated seats, while still retaining an MSRP under 30 grand.

Engine and Performance

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

-The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The 2020 Mazda 3 is powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine making a whopping 186 horsepower along with 186 lb-ft of torque. Among its competitors, it holds the largest displacement engine. The power is absolute since it is unhindered by any turbocharger, giving an instant response as soon as you press down on the pedal. You never feel out of power when accelerating out of a turn. The subtle drone of all four cylinders when at idle constantly reminds you what the car is capable of.

The engine is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Sadly, Mazda has taken the freedom of a manual shift away from all but the most exquisite package for the Mazda 3. While it would have been good to get a more involved experience, the automatic transmission is smooth and shifts seamlessly without any clunkiness.


Mazda 3 Preferred 

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Volkswagen Golf SE

Toyota Corolla XSE







2.5L inline-4

1.6L Turbocharged inline-4

1.4L Turbocharged I-4

2.0L inline-4


6-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual







186 lb-ft

195 lb-ft

184 lb-ft

151 lb-ft

Even with such impressive numbers, the Mazda 3 is not the most powerful hatch in the segment. That title goes to the mighty Hyundai Veloster Turbo, churning out over 200 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque for the driver to play around with. The rest of the competition fails to match the Mazda's power, though their superior transmissions make them more engaging to drive.


The 2020 Mazda 3's power is put to use quite well. When putting the pedal to the metal, the car accelerates with no lag and a lot of traction, reaching 60 mph in 7 seconds flat. A quarter-mile run takes a little over 15 seconds. Impressive numbers for any car of this segment. The acceleration is enthralling, though the car never feels out of control.


Mazda 3 Preferred 

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Volkswagen Golf SE

Toyota Corolla XSE

0-60 MPH

7.0 seconds

6.4 seconds

7.7 seconds

7.5 seconds

Quarter mile

15.4 sec 14.8 sec 16.0 sec 16.0 sec


2.5L inline-4

1.6L Turbocharged inline-4

1.4L Turbocharged I-4

2.0L inline-4


(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)





Among the competition, the Hyundai Veloster Manages the quickest 0-60, thanks to its lighter body. The VW Golf, too, gives the Mazda a run for its money even though it has a smaller engine. Still, Mazda's patented rotary engine keeps its emissions well in check. Long term, the 2020 Mazda 3 can save you a lot of money from the gas-guzzler's taxes.


For a car that weighs more than 3200 pounds, the 2020 Mazda 3 has an exceptional braking performance. It can stop dead in its tracks from 60 mph within 112 feet. This is possible not only because of bigger brakes on a smaller wheelbase but also the increased traction from the AWD system. Only the sporty Hyundai Veloster surpasses the Mazda 3 in terms of brake performance, albeit just barely. The rest of the segment fares way behind the two.


Mazda 3 Preferred 

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Volkswagen Golf SE

Toyota Corolla XSE

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Ride and Handling

Mazda 3's handling has always been one of its strong points, stretching back several generations now. The car is confident around corners and provides a smooth ride. Equipped with a new multi-linked rear suspension, Mazda 3 provides a finer control during spirited driving. The steering is responsive and predictable at any speed. With AWD, the car has plenty of grip even in adverse weather conditions. Bumps are hardly felt when going over shallow potholes.

The cabins' quietness is something you would appreciate over time when commuting with the Mazda on a regular basis. Thanks to its excellent acoustics and active noise cancellation, pin-drop silence perforates the inside of the car.  The road noise and engine drone become noticeable only at higher speeds.

Fuel Economy

The 2020 Mazda 3 has a decent EPA rating for its fuel economy, considering just how powerful the engine is. Though it still fares below most other cars in the price range, it can deliver a combined mileage of 27 mpg. This, combined with a class-standard 12.7-gallon fuel tank, grants the Mazda 3 a good overall range of 380 miles, making the car a good pick for a long, relaxing cruise.


Mazda 3 Preferred 

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Volkswagen Golf SE

Toyota Corolla XSE

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Nevertheless, it is the smallest engine that is the least thirsty for gas, as the VW Golf proves. It has similar figures to the Toyota Corolla, although the Veloster is not far behind either. Which is surprising, since it is the most powerful of the lot as well. It is partly due to the car's less weight, and partly due to its outstanding dual-clutch transmission.


"The Mazda 3's interior is well-thought-out and nice to be in. Front-seat occupants will enjoy their space, but taller drivers may wish for more steering wheel reach."


Seating and Comfort

Stepping into the cabin, you might mistake the 2020 Mazda 3 for any sport-luxury hatchback crossover. The car leaves little to be desired, especially with the Preferred trim. It offers heated seats and leather upholstery as standard, along with a few other additions that make the cabin even more comfortable. Getting in and out of the Mazda 3 is a chore due to its sloping roofline. The rear seats might feel cramped for taller passengers. Elsewhere, the Mazda 3 hatchback feels convenient enough to be a commuter and luxurious enough for a calming rive across the back roads.

The Mazda 3 has an interior that is flushed with a premium-looking feel and high-quality materials. The Mazda goes for quality over quantity and could pass for a luxury-level car in that area. Low gloss panels in the doors and dashboard and stitched wrappings that come down to the knee level make the car's cabin the ideal place to spend hours driving in. Most competitors offer plastic in this segment. Even in the back seat, the materials stay top-notch.


Mazda 3 Preferred 

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Volkswagen Golf SE

Toyota Corolla XSE

Passenger capacity





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





Rear Room (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)






The tech inside the 2020 Mazda 3 lets you know that the sedan is catching up with all the latest trends in technology, as it tries to add a few of its own. It is unique for a budget sedan to come up with a large LCD display with smartphone compatibility. Mazda abandons the touchscreen in favor of a command-control knob, which makes it easier to operate the system when keeping your eyes on the road. We would love a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, though there are enough features to make the driver feel as convenient as possible. There is even an option for a HUD on the driver-side windshield.

Some other infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 8-speaker full-range door-mounted type sound system
  • Tweeter speakers
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio
  • 2 USB ports
  • MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system inc. voice command
  • Multi-function commander control
  • Radio broadcast data system program information
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • 2 LCD Monitors in the front

Cargo Space

While the sedan doesn't do it much good in terms of utility, the Mazda 3 Hatchback offers decent storage for cargo in its class. With the seats up, the trunk can hold a maximum of 20.1 cubic feet of luggage, more than any other hatchback in this segment. However, you might not fill it up to the brim. Doing so seriously compromises the car's rear visibility. For additional storage, the rear seats can be folded down nearly flat, allowing for storing cargo up to 47.1 cubic feet in volume.


Mazda 3 Preferred 

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Volkswagen Golf SE

Toyota Corolla XSE

Cargo Volume(ft.3)





The Hyundai Veloster offers almost the same cargo space as the Mazda, although its small trunk lid opens up without much allowance for storing taller items. The smallest cargo space is offered by the Golf but the VW is the car with the widest trunk opening. Therefore, it allows you to use its cargo space most efficiently.


"The 2020 Mazda3 is swoopy and dramatic; it catches your eye with cool details like the deconstructed front grille, circular corona patterns in the taillight clusters, and thin headlights." -Motortrend

Design and Styling

For the 2020 model, the Mazda 3 has had a complete makeover. The new angular grille, aggressive headlights, and curvy body are some of the changes made to an already flashy car making it more attractive. The sedan is a beauty, though the design looks a bit divisive on the hatchback. On one hand, it is good to have a more modern, sleeker look that finally enables the Mazda 3 to keep up with the times. On the other, long-time fans might be disappointed since the car looks a lot different than its predecessors.

The slim headlights fit the car's front profile. Doors on either side have an elegant finish to them. At a distance, it is difficult to separate them from the elegant curves of the side of the Mazda. The Hatchback has the brake light merged into a (kind of) spoiler that extends out away from the streaks. The Mazda 3 is one of those hatches that you just can't take your eye off of.


Dimensions and Weight


Mazda 3 Preferred 

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Volkswagen Golf SE

Toyota Corolla XSE

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In its segment, the 2020 Mazda 3 is the biggest hatchback. Its dimensions enable it to acquire a significantly increased road presence. Yet, its size and weight do little to hamper its agility. The Hyundai Veloster utilizes its small size and lightweight chassis to improve its performance. Both the VW Golf and the Toyota Corolla represent just about any average hatchback in this price bracket.


The IIHS has rated the 2020 Mazda 3 hatchback for all aspects of its safety. The car received the highest grade of 'Good' in all 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 hatchback 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 all trims. This system monitors 70 different parameters to determine the signs of fatigue or if enough attention is paid on the road ahead. 

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • 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
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • Back-Up Camera with Cross-Traffic Alert

Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster Turbo has a more powerful and economical engine than the Mazda 3. That coupled with its weight-shedding diet and a plethora of performance enhancements make it the hot hatch of a true petrolhead. It is quite fun to drive since its 7-speed dual-clutch transmission can be switched to manual for a more involved driving experience. It might be good for the thrills but its shoddy interior quality and lack of practicality allow the Mazda 3 to be the more sensible choice.

Volkswagen Golf

While the Mazda 3 offers its various features as part of packages that differ vastly in prices, the VW Golf comes with the bulk of it from the base trim. This minimizes the need to go for the more expensive trims since all the required components can be added on from the options list. But no matter what value the VW Golf offers, it would always lag behind the Mazda 3 in terms of performance. The AWD allows the Mazda to have excellent handling capabilities, something the FWD-only Golf SE can never possess.

Final Verdict

The 2020 Mazda 3 is an everyday car that is thrilling to drive. The interior is well made with premium materials and is a great place to spend in on long drives. All in all, the car justifies its price and then some. The 2020 overhaul has proved to be enough to get Mazda back into the game of hot hatches.


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 7 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.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr Hatchback

engine type

152 cu in

horse power

186 hp @ 6000 rpm


186 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm


6-Speed Automatic


175.6 in


107.3 in


70.7 in

curb weight

3082 lbs


56.7 in

Ground Clearance

5.5 lbs

passenger volume

92.7 cu ft

cargo volume

20.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

26/27/32 mpg

highway range

462.00 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Mazda 3 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $34,848
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
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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