2013 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring Manual Sedan FWD 

  • $23k
  • 2.0L
  • 27 city 39 hwy
8.1 Out of 10
For its $24,000 price, the Mazdaspeed3 is a go-fast bargain — our friends at "MotorWeek" hit 60 mph in it in just 5.2 seconds — but more low-rev torque with longer gearing would help drivers enjoy the experience a bit more.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
The manual is a little tight, but we like the close-ratio feel; and the automatic transmission ratchets between gears with (almost) the quickness of VW's DSG, while pulling off downshifts in Drive seemingly with less indecision.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Mazda 3


Will it break the bank?

3 i Grand Touring
Civic HF
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

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Civic HF
Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile, nitrogen oxide/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

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RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

3 i Grand Touring
Civic HF

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Mazda 3

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

3 i Grand Touring

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

3 i Grand Touring

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

3 i Grand Touring
Prius c One
Camry SE

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

3 i Grand Touring
34 MPG
Prius c One
52 MPG
Camry SE
25 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

3 i Grand Touring
Prius c One
Camry SE

Reviews Word on the street for the Mazda 3

Four-wheel disc brakes are standard across the board in the Mazda3 as well, while they're optional on most compact sedans, or relegated only to the top models.

A five-speed manual is standard.

A base 2013 Mazda3 sedan with manual transmission has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $17,495, with an automatic transmission an extra $850.


8.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It can be paired with either an automatic or a manual, both with six speeds.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
For 2013, Mazda has managed to add its SkyActiv engine and transmissions to a wider range of Mazda3 models.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
It moves well enough, helped by well-spaced gear ratios in the optional five-speed automatic transmission.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)


The Mazdaspeed3 comes only with a stick shift and sports a turbocharged four-cylinder that sprints to extralegal speeds.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
The hatchback skips the base engine by starting at the Touring trim level, but 2012 marks the first year this body style is offered with a smaller engine — in SkyActiv form — rather than just the 2.5-liter.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Both the eco-conscious and driving enthusiasts should be happy with the new Sky-G engine that made its debut last year.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)


The Mazda3 lineup gets more standard features for 2013, and offers some impressive technology on top Grand Touring models.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
Several engine and transmission choices are available in the 2013 Mazda3 lineup.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
You'll essentially get the carryover engine and transmission combinations, with ratings that range down to 21 mpg city, 29 highway.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

Body style

If you want a compact sedan or hatchback that's both fun to drive and fuel-efficient, the 2013 Mazda3 makes an excellent choice.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
The most affordable hatchback is efficient, but the base price for this body style is more than $4,000 higher than the base sedan.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
You'll Like This Car If... If you want a compact sedan or hatchback that's both fun to drive and fuel-efficient, the 2013 Mazda3 makes an excellent choice.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)


In the Mazda3, performance trumps comfort — but the payoff is impressive.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
The base i SV sedan is now the only one to use the 148-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that has powered past Mazda3 vehicles.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
And while most compact models in this price range offer inferior (by some accounts) rear drum brakes, the Mazda3 offers rear discs.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Mazda
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 391 miles
Highway range 565 miles
MSRP $23k
Annual cost $6,297

Manufacturing Emissions

CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,729 kWh/vehicle

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Bose
Speakers 10 speakers
Wattage 265 watts
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer Optional
Satellite radio Optional, $0
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $0
Navigation system Optional, $0
Roof rails Optional, $0
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 7
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.6 g
Combined CO2/mile 322 g
NMOG/mile 0.03 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.02 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 120 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 48 tons

power & handling

Max torque 148 ft-lb @ 4,100 RPM
Max HP 155 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 19.03 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.2 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 10.94 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.43 in Disc
Front wheel width 205 mm
Front wheel diameter 16 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 69.1 in
Front track width 60.4 in
Height 57.9 in
Ground clearance 4.7 in
Length 180.9 in
Wheelbase 103.9 in
Curb weight 2,950 lb
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 51 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³
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