2004 Mazda MAZDA3 Preview

2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

GET CURRENT PRICING

GET AN INSURANCE QUOTE

 

Spend any time hovering around the auto industry these days and you’re likely to hear the term, DNA, more often than you would at a convention of bio-geneticists.

In today’s crowded and fragmented car market, customers have become increasingly fickle and new products can easily get lost and sink below the surface. To stand out from the crowd, smart manufacturers look to emphasize and build on those qualities –think of them as chrome and steel genes – that best define their brand, helping make the most positive connection with potential buyers. Two of the best examples are BMW’s performance heritage and Volvo’s emphasis on safety.

The search for defining characteristics isn’t always easy. And sometimes consumers identify DNA a manufacturer might prefer to forget about. Remember Rodney King’s Hyundai? That’s one automaker that spent the last decade practicing gene splicing, hoping to overcome its primal roots as a purveyor of cheap transportation.

Mazda DNA

2004 Mazda3

2004 Mazda3

Enlarge Photo
Few carmakers speak of DNA more than Mazda. But what is it that defines the Japanese automaker, which has gone through a seemingly endless series of near-death experiences and subsequent rebirths since first entering the U.S. market three decades ago? Probably no Mazda product could provide a purer sample than the new RX-8: with a distinctive and sporty design that translates into creative functionality, it’s powered by that most quirky of powerplants, the rotary engine, which has long been a Mazda trademark.

The Car Connection Consumer Review

Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
Friday, October 7, 2016
2016 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring

Sporty looking but slow off the mark

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
This is a seriously good looking car but sporty looks belie what's going on under the bonnet. Even though it's got 2 litres to go at, it's desperate for a turbo. Having said that it will pull away in an... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
Sunday, April 24, 2016
2016 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring

Half of an M3 for one third the price

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
My 2016 Mazda3 HB is a solid, comfortable, small car that gets better the more enthusiastically is it driven. It's really a 4-dr coupe as there's not a lot of rear seat/leg room. It's agile in town with good... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
Monday, January 25, 2016
2016 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring

Very Great and Sweet Ride :)

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I love the Mazda 3 Sedan because when i was buying the car my main objective was Affordability , Stylish , Navigation System and Fuel Economy. So Far I Love it . If you see fuel consumption at 9.5/100 Litres... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
See all user reviews »
Looking for other models of the Mazda MAZDA3?
Read reviews & get prices
Related Used Listings
s