2013 Mazda MAZDA3 Hatchback - FROM $20,000
A high-efficiency engine further cements the 2013 Mazda 3's reputation as a class favorite.
What's New for 2013
The 2013 Mazda 3 will likely receive minor powertrain changes.
Mazda MAZDA3 Video Review
The Mazda 3 received a generous overhaul last year that included a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is more powerful and fuel-efficient than its predecessor. Mazda also added several new trim levels, expanded availability of the hatchback, performed slight exterior and interior styling revisions and added additional standard equipment for most trim levels.
As such, we expect the 2013 Mazda 3 will carry over largely unchanged. Although the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder carries on in the current Mazda 3's lower trim levels, we're not betting on its return for next year's model. Instead, Mazda will likely focus its efforts on its Skyactiv technology, a suite of mechanical upgrades that improve efficiency. In the Mazda 3's case, that also includes a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission that help the new 2.0-liter achieve 40 mpg on the highway.
We'll also be surprised if the 2.5-liter in the current 3s trim level returns. Although larger, it only produces slightly more power than the Skyactiv engine -- about 10 horsepower more -- and returns significantly less fuel economy. Check back for a full review of the 2013 Mazda 3, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.