The 2011 Mazda3 ranks 8 out of 33 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 41 published reviews and test drives of the Mazda3, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Reviewers give the 2011 Mazda3 a thumbs up for its high performance and nice interior, but many grimace at its smiling front grill. If you’re willing to ignore the Mazda3’s toothless grin, it’s a great option that provides a touch of sass at an affordable price.
Because the Mazda3 was just redesigned for 2010, the 2011 Mazda3 is almost identical to the 2010. Los Angeles Times explains, “That means you shouldn't expect any significant changes until 2013, when Mazda should freshen the front and rear styling to regenerate interest in the Mazda3 for the last two or three years of the current model's life cycle.” Reviewers agree that the Mazda3 maintains its reputation as a zippy, fun car with a high-quality feel that appeals to buyers who want a touch of sass in their commute but also want to stick to a budget."