2015 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Its Competition

2015 Mazda Mazda3
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Now that Mazda has ramped up production, buyers can choose a manual transmission with any trim level and either engine, with both body styles.

2015 Mazda Mazda32015 Mazda MAZDA3
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2015 Dodge Dart2015 Dodge Dart
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2015 Ford Focus ST2015 Ford Focus
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2015 Honda Civic LX Sedan2015 Honda Civic
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2015 Subaru Impreza2015 Subaru Impreza
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2015 Volkswagen Golf R  -  Driven, January 20152015 Volkswagen Golf
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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2015 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving small cars, with efficient engines and smooth transmissions that help give it a more premium feel than its price would suggest.
8.0
The 2015 Dodge Dart brings back some of the Neon's personality with all of the modern features you could want in a compact car.
8.6
The 2015 Ford Focus lineup gets a clean new look for 2015, as well as a high-mileage three-cylinder engine option and revamped cabin comforts. From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, it remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
7.8
The 2015 Honda Civic is refined, comfortable, and offers top-notch safety ratings and features.
8.0
The 2015 Subaru Impreza is tough, practical, and relatively attractive, offering a small all-wheel-drive package for those who need it without the big fuel-economy penalty it used to bring.
7.8
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI trade flashy looks for great interior and cargo space, especially in the SportWagen model—but they don't give up anything for driving fun.
MSRP From     
$16,945$16,495$17,170$18,490$18,195$17,995
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan SE4-Door Sedan S4-Door Manual LX4-Door Manual 2.0i2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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