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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of the most important contenders in the compact hatchback market.

It has a lot of things to offer and a few things to ask. Its name in the JDM market and China is Axela, but basically, it is the same car. It has a nice, fluid, look, called Kodo design in the Mazda's family. Now, the Mazda 3 has separated itself from the Ford's C platforms and came with its platform that features a McPherson strut up front and a semi-independent system in the rear. But even if they tried their best to make that rear suspension behave good, it is still not an independent suspension.

Inside the cabin, there is room for five adult people and the whole atmosphere is kind of relaxing. The infotainment unit is planted on the dashboard like it was installed after the car left the assembly line. It is not that big or small and has decent controls via a rotating knob.

Under the hood, Mazda installed a range of four gasoline engines and two turbodiesels. Depending on the market and engine displacement, the 3 can be equipped with a 6-speed manual, a 4-speed automatic or a 6-speed automatic. The latter is offered as standard on the 2.5-liter engine. And that is the version to aim. Or, if you live in Europe, the 1.5-liter turbodiesel is a very decent version. Just don't forget that underneath the car is not an all-wheel independent suspension.

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MAZDA 3 / Axela Hatchback 2016 - 2018
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.5L SKYACTIV-G 6MT (100 HP)
  • 2.0 SKYACTIV-G 6AT (165 HP)
  • 2.0L SKYACTIV-G 6AT (120 HP)
  • 2.0L SKYACTIV-G 6MT (120 HP)
  3 diesel engines
  • 1.5L SKYACTIV-D 6AT (105 HP)
  • 1.5L SKYACTIV-D 6MT (105 HP)
  • 2.2L SKYACTIV-D 6MT (150 HP)

MAZDA 3 / Axela Hatchback 1.5L SKYACTIV-G 6MT (100 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L SKYACTIV-G 6MT (100 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1498 cm3
Power
73.5 KW @ 6000 RPM
100 HP @ 6000 RPM
99 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
111 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
150 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.5 gallons (51.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
113 mph (182 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.2/61.4 in (1,554/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
14 cuFT (396 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.26
Turning circle (curb to curb)
34.8 ft (10.6 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2612 - 2802 lbs (1185 - 1271 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3968 lbs (1800 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
Highway
54.7 mpg US (4.3 L/100Km)
Combined
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
119 g/km

MAZDA 3 / Axela Hatchback 2.0 SKYACTIV-G 6AT (165 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 SKYACTIV-G 6AT (165 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
121.4 KW @ 6000 RPM
165 HP @ 6000 RPM
163 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
155 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
210 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.5 gallons (51.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.2/61.4 in (1,554/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
14 cuFT (396 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.26
Turning circle (curb to curb)
34.8 ft (10.6 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2712 - 2901 lbs (1230 - 1316 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4001 lbs (1815 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
Highway
49 mpg US (4.8 L/100Km)
Combined
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
135 g/km

MAZDA 3 / Axela Hatchback 2.0L SKYACTIV-G 6AT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L SKYACTIV-G 6AT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
88.3 KW @ 6000 RPM
120 HP @ 6000 RPM
118 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
155 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
210 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.5 gallons (51.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.2/61.4 in (1,554/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
14 cuFT (396 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.26
Turning circle (curb to curb)
34.8 ft (10.6 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2745 - 2937 lbs (1245 - 1332 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4045 lbs (1835 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Highway
49 mpg US (4.8 L/100Km)
Combined
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
129 g/km

MAZDA 3 / Axela Hatchback 2.0L SKYACTIV-G 6MT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L SKYACTIV-G 6MT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
88.3 KW @ 6000 RPM
120 HP @ 6000 RPM
118 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
155 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
210 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.5 gallons (51.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60 R16
DIMENSIONS
Width
70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.2/61.4 in (1,554/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
14 cuFT (396 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.26
Turning circle (curb to curb)
34.8 ft (10.6 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2657 - 2846 lbs (1205 - 1291 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4001 lbs (1815 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
Highway
54.7 mpg US (4.3 L/100Km)
Combined
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
119 g/km

MAZDA 3 / Axela Hatchback 1.5L SKYACTIV-D 6AT (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L SKYACTIV-D 6AT (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1498 cm3
Power
77.2 KW @ 4000 RPM
105 HP @ 4000 RPM
104 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
199 lb-ft @ 1600-4000 RPM
270 Nm @ 1600-4000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
13.5 gallons (51.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.2/61.4 in (1,554/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
14 cuFT (396 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.26
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2833 - 3016 lbs (1285 - 1368 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4189 lbs (1900 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
48 mpg US (4.9 L/100Km)
Highway
57.4 mpg US (4.1 L/100Km)
Combined
53.5 mpg US (4.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
114 g/km

MAZDA 3 / Axela Hatchback 1.5L SKYACTIV-D 6MT (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L SKYACTIV-D 6MT (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1498 cm3
Power
77.2 KW @ 4000 RPM
105 HP @ 4000 RPM
104 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
199 lb-ft @ 1600-4000 RPM
270 Nm @ 1600-4000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
13.5 gallons (51.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.2/61.4 in (1,554/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
14 cuFT (396 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.26
Turning circle (curb to curb)
34.8 ft (10.6 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2778 - 2961 lbs (1260 - 1343 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4123 lbs (1870 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
54.7 mpg US (4.3 L/100Km)
Highway
67.2 mpg US (3.5 L/100Km)
Combined
61.9 mpg US (3.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
99 g/km

MAZDA 3 / Axela Hatchback 2.2L SKYACTIV-D 6MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.2L SKYACTIV-D 6MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2191 cm3
Power
110.3 KW @ 4500 RPM
150 HP @ 4500 RPM
148 BHP @ 4500 RPM
Torque
280 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
380 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
13.5 gallons (51.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
70.7 in (1796 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.2/61.4 in (1,554/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.1 in (155 mm)
Cargo Volume
14 cuFT (396 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.26
Turning circle (curb to curb)
34.8 ft (10.6 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2910 - 3100 lbs (1320 - 1406 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4211 lbs (1910 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
48 mpg US (4.9 L/100Km)
Highway
65.3 mpg US (3.6 L/100Km)
Combined
57.4 mpg US (4.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
107 g/km
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