Anybody have experience with 2015 Mazda Mazda3?

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#1

Current car a nightmare, so looking to buy 2015 Mazda3…is the push start & info system terrible? Looking at Honda too.torn on decision


#2

That’s something YOU’RE going to have to figure out yourself. Test drive it, then see if you can find a rental of the car you’re looking at (try to match the trim level of the one you tried at the dealership) and drive it around for a long weekend to see if you like it


#3

Yes, she’ll have to try it out herself, but I doubt Debra is going to completely substitute the opinions of internet strangers for her own. Maybe someone else has tried it and can offer their opinion.


#4

Mazda 3’s are good cars. I assume you’re looking at a Honda Civic since that’s the comparable car, but I don’t know what year, so I can’t comment on that.

Why is your current car a nightmare?


#5

My wife’s friend has had 3 Mazdas over the years, a 323 model, a Protege, and now a 2017 Mazda3 Sport. She loved all three and had good service from all. Our son had a 2004 which he just sold last year after lengthy service. My wife has a 2012 Mazda 3 Sport which has performed flawlessly.

My nephew just traded his Terrain SUV for a Mazda 3 Sport and is very happy.
None of these cars have any flaws; many cars have push button starts, as did the 1940 Ford Sedan!!

The only weakness I have observed that after 10 years, rust starts to form around the rear fenders.

Honda Civics are also good cars, but the Mazda3 is more fun the drive; those “Zoo Zoom” ads are for real.


#6

As far as reliability, CR’s survey data say the 2105 3 is much better than average in all aspects except in-car electronics, which are rated average. The '09-17 Mazda 3 is on their Best Used Vehicles under $20,000 list. CR has also rated infotainment systems a few times in the last few years - I don’t have that info handy.

I agree with Docnick’s observations, positive and negative. We don’t have a Mazda dealer here in Duluth, but the ones I see seem to be prone to more rust happening sooner than in other makes. That may not be a big factor where you live and drive.


#7

Shopping for a used Mazda 3 for my wife, I was reading in Mazda forums that somewhere around 2011 or such they did change something in the rust protection department, and indeed I’ve observed more “emerging rust spots” in 2010 I was checking to compare to 2011/2012 ones, but it may be a simple coincidence and a function of age.

Our friends in Connecticut have 2010 Mazda 3, very happy with it, yes, when I looked under the rear arches, some rusty spots were showing up.

I’ve ended up finding a 2013, last year in the model line, we are very happy with a build quality and feel of the car at 78K miles it has now.

When shopping I was also reviewing a newer generation, but I did not want to buy a first year on production line (2014), while 2015 was already above my price threshold. My impression about new generation was as good as the one we own now: it has sufficient mud protection under arches and body, flaps covering areas where sand from wheels usually hits, so I think Mazda addressed the prior issue with “rusty clunkers” :slight_smile: