When shopping for a vehicle, one of the ways that you can get some better value for your hard-earned dollar is choosing to buy a used car instead of a new one. With the right choice, you can pay far less for a used car than a new one, but get years of reliable operation, safety, and fuel efficiency out of it. One good option if you’re shopping around is the Mazda 3. It offers a range of different features that bring some premium automobile features and make them more affordable.
But if you don’t know about this car, you may be asking yourself, “Why should I buy a used Mazda 3?” Here are some answers.
What’s A Mazda 3?
If you’re not familiar with this make and model, the Mazda 3 is the product of the Mazda automobile corporation based in Japan. This company has been making cars for nearly 100 years, since 1920.
The Mazda 3 itself is one of the company’s more recent models but is also one of the best selling cars in the company’s inventory. The first Mazda 3 rolled off the production lines in 2003, and it was a pioneer of many features we now take for granted today, such as the inclusion of an available screen in a car.
Even when a Mazda 3 is a new car, one of the features that makes it so popular is the Japanese sense of design and economy that works in what would be considered luxury features in higher-end trims into the basic and entry-level trims. Air conditioning, for example, can sometimes be excluded from basic trims of other cars, but the Mazda 3 has it.
The same goes for a more premium feel to the interior, and convenience features like USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and steering mounted controls. When you consider that these features are cheaper still as part of a used car purchase, the value goes up even more. It also means that even higher grade trims may be more affordable if you’re looking at used car options.
The Mazda 3 uses the Skyactiv engine, a unique series of automotive technologies first developed by Mazda in 2011 with fuel efficiency in mind. You’ll never have to worry about a Mazda 3 being a gas guzzler like some other vehicles, such as SUVs.
When you choose a Mazda 3, you have a choice of different gasoline-based engine options. Fuel consumption is quite impressive even for older models. A 2012 Mazda 3, for example, gets you 4.9L/100 km on the highway, and 7.2L/100 km in the city. Frugal fuel economy has continued to be a defining characteristic in all the later models.
In addition to being smart with your fuel consumption, the Mazda 3 is also a great ride. The performance of the car is impressive with great acceleration, handling, and the kind of higher-end results you might not expect from a compact car.
It has a responsive, quiet ride, with a decent suspension to keep you from bouncing too much on the rougher surfaces. As a compact car, it’s not designed to go off-road and hit the trails the way an SUV does, but it provides good traction and smooth experience on city roads and highways.
What to Keep in Mind
While there’s always some risk when buying an older used model, it’s often normal for previous owners to have encountered and dealt with these issues themselves. However, if you want to steer clear of manufacturing defects, we recommend looking at the 2012-2018 models.
Buying a Mazda 3 from these years gives you the “sweet spot” of age, performance, and depreciation on the price that can make a big difference to your affordability. So if you’re looking for good value, performance and fuel efficiency in a compact car, come into Autopark today and look at our selection of used Mazda 3s.