Performance and efficiency of the Mazda3

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda3, Performance, Technology on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 8:00 am
2018 Mazda3 engine

2018 Mazda3 engine options

Whether you are interested in the Mazda3 as a hatchback or as a sedan, you are likely also interested in what’s under the hood. There are multiple engines available, and some of the specs change depending on what models you are talking about. Let us clear up any confusion as we explore 2018 Mazda3 engine options.

2018 Mazda3 transparent engine bayHow many engine options are available for the 2018 Mazda3?

In total, there are two impressive engine options available for the Mazda3. The Mazda3 lineup starts off with a very respectable 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that comes standard on the Sport trim level.

If you move up from there, both the Touring and the Grand Touring trims provide you with a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. We will go over the specifications of each engine and more below.

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The 2.0-liter engine provides impressive specs on its own. With 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, you will find that this engine is plenty sporty for most drivers. With the 6-speed automatic transmission, this engine manages to give the Mazda3 Sport 28-city mpg and 37-highway mpg, and those efficiency specifications are the same for both the sedan and the hatchback.


If you want more power under the hood, then more power to you! The 2.5-liter engine ramps things up with 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. With all that extra power, it’s natural that you may expect a large reduction in efficiency, but with SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY that just isn’t the case. The sedan gets 27-city mpg and 36-highway mpg and the hatchback gets 26-city mpg and 35-highway mpg.

2018 Mazda3 sedan interior with stick shiftDoes the Mazda3 have a manual transmission option?

Some people still prefer the feel of a manual transmission, and we certainly can’t blame them. Luckily, all Mazda3 trim levels are also available with a 6-speed manual transmission. This means you can get the thrill of a manual with either the 2.0-liter engine or the 2.5-liter engine.

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The manual transmission changes the efficiency numbers though. The Sport trim with a manual and its 2.0-liter engine gives you 28-city and 38-highway mpg on the sedan and 27-city and 37-highway mpg on the hatchback. The Touring and Grand Touring trims with a manual and the 2.5-liter engine provide 25-city mpg for both body styles. They differ on the highway efficiency with the sedan providing 34 mpg and the hatchback providing 33 mpg.

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