The Mazda3’s sporty nature and interior comfort make it one of the more lively options in the compact sedan class. Buying a 2020 Mazda3 is tempting, especially because of all of the newest technology features. But, if you’re looking to make a more economical decision, you might want to consider buying used and get the 2015 Mazda3 instead.
Driving the 2015 Mazda3 is fun
What has consistently made the Mazda3 a standout against class rivals is its driving dynamics. The 2015 Mazda3 features sporty handling and two peppy engine options. Base models have a 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that doesn’t feel underpowered. The higher trims levels are equipped with a more powerful 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Both of these engines can be paired with a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.
Not only is the 2015 Mazda3 fun to drive, but it’s also practical too. The Mazda3 has an exceptional fuel economy rating with a combined 33 mpg overall. It’s also worth mentioning that no matter which engine pairing you choose, the Mazda3 takes about eight seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.
On the inside
The 2015 Mazda3’s snazzy exterior is matched with an upscale feeling interior. And actually, the Mazda3 stacks up well against luxury compact models. Its standard cloth upholstery fits nicely and is intricately detailed. This is a notable aspect of the Mazda3 since many other compact cars compromise on their interior finishings. Faux leather, genuine leather upholstery, and heated seats are available as interior upgrades on the Mazda3.
Modern infotainment features aren’t the main selling point of this 2015 model though. To get the best value on infotainment, you would have to go up from the standard version to the i Sport trim. The i Sport trim comes with a touchscreen display and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto weren’t originally available on the 2015 Mazda3 but you now have the option to retrofit these features.
Reliability and recalls
The 2015 Mazda3 earned high predicted reliability scores based on Consumer Reports data and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mazda3 a perfect crash-test safety score. However, there are few trouble spots to be aware of on this model. The NHTSA has recalled the Mazda3 three times.
The first two recall actions on the 2015 Mazda3 related to its fuel system; if there was a fuel leak, it could increase the chance of a fire. In 2017, the Mazda3 was recalled for a potential issue with its parking brake. If you are seriously considering this model as your next car, just make sure that you address these issues with your auto dealer.
Right now, there are some good deals on the 2015 Mazda3. Current prices range from about $8,275 to $12,825 depending on the mileage and trim level that you pick. Keep in mind that the hatchback variant tends to cost more.