February 24, 2018

Mazda3 2013 Review

There is a first time for everything and last week was the first time I got to drive a Mazda. Somehow in all my years of driving this car brand and I have never crossed paths. I was excited to test it out and figure out what the Mazda3 was all about.

The 2013 Mazda3 with SKYACTIV technology has a great exterior.  From the minute I saw it I felt like it was smiling at me.  It has a distinct style that Mazda is known for and it makes for an entertaining look and feel. With 16 inch alloy wheels and wipers that sense when they are needed the standard features on this car include a one-touch moonroof and a black grille that brings a smile to your face. Halogen lights illuminate well but not as well as I would have expected. On certain dark streets I found the range a bit limiting. I had to turn my high beams on in areas I normally do not. Storage in the trunk is slightly more than you would expect in a car this size.


Inside the Mazda3 seats four people comfortably but seats five. A leather wrapped steering wheel, shift, leather trimmed and heated front seats make for a comfortable ride that works with this car which is good for getting from point A to B. When I say this I don’t mean to disparrage against the Mazda3, I mean it as a compliment. It is a basic car that has a better than average sense of style than most in its caliber. Tom Tom navigation, bluetooth hands-free and Sirius radio create a nice but optional driving experience without being distracting or overly complicated. The week that I drove the Mazda3 I was without my three kids. I decided to take down the nursery in our home and switch the kids from one room to another. It was a lot of errands and bulky materials to cart around and pick up. This little car handled it all. Packed with bedding, a comforter set, groceries, two gym bags and mulitple bags from Target the trunk still had some room. I didn’t even have to use the backseat.  I was impressed.

Interior (Image from newcarcars.com.)

Driving the Mazda3 was fun and fuel efficient. It had way more zip than I expected on the highway and the MPG cannot be beat. SKYACTIV technology came into play big time when I hit almost 100 miles and still had an almost full tank. It averaged 33 mpg during the week and gets 40 mpg on the highway and 28 in the city. The ride was comofortable and it took speedbumps with ease versus a lot of jostling. I didn’t anticipate that but it was a welcome change. I sincerely hope that all cars come standard with blind-spot monitoring like this car. It is helpful in an area where people often seem distracted and in a hurry like the DC Metro area.

The Mazda3 is affordable, comes standard with 36-month/38,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty , 24-hour roadside assitance and 60,000 month/60,000 mile powertrain warranty. Crash test ratings are in the four and five star range for this model as well. MSRP on the Mazda3 is $26,620.

MPR Rating:  Three Stars.

Disclaimer:  MPR was not paid for this post. Cars provided by STI Drive and are for review purposes only. Opinions are MPR’s only.