2013 Mazda3 Comparison
With crisp handling, distinct style and a quick, very fuel-efficient engine, the 2013 Mazda 3 is a favorite among the compact car class.
Introduced in 2012, Mazda’s direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine returns as the star of the Mazda 3’s power trio. Joined to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, this engine helps the Mazda 3 achieve 40 mpg on the highway without resorting to tricks like special aerodynamics or automatic transmission shift programming that settles into the highest gear before you’ve left the driveway.
2013 Mazda3 Performance
The increased efficiency compromised horsepower. The Skyactiv engine slots between the 3’s base 2.0-liter and top-end 2.5-liter engines, and its acceleration times are competitive for the class.
The Skyactiv engine complements the 3’s other strengths, including sharp handling, a stylish interior and the available hatchback body style. The Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and 2013 Hyundai Elantra are all excellent choices but for competitive fuel economy integrated with energetic driving character, the 2013 Mazda 3 is hard to beat.