What's the used Mazda 3 like?
Underneath, the Mazda 3 shares its running gear with the Ford Focus, which is among the best small hatches to drive and strongly built, too.
The Mazda responds sweetly to the steering and brakes. The ride, although firm at low speeds, is rarely jarring. Once on the open road, this smooths out, and you can appreciate the car's superb body control.
Inside, it's bland but pleasant, resembling the bigger Mazda 6 with its big, clear dials and buttons. Things are made very comfortable for the driver because the seat and wheel adjust every which way and the cabin is roomy, although shoulder space is tight for three adults in the back. The boot is a fair size and a good shape, but obviously this saloon isn't ultimately as practical as the hatchback version, although the rear seats split 60/40 and drop to create a flat floor.
Everything fits and feels well screwed together, as you'd expect from a manufacturer that sits consistently near the top in reliability surveys.