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Mazda 3 vs. Mazda 6

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Mazda 3

$433
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Mazda 6

$430
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Mazda 3 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $433 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the 3 is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Mazda 6 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 5th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $430 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the 6 is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$433
inexpensive
expensive
$430
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.26
not often
very often
0.29
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
9%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(4)
4
(11)
3
(6)
2
(4)
1
(0)
The Mazda Mazda3 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile tires, while good looking, make the ride a tad rough. I know it's a sporty little wagon but you defini...”
“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile ti...”
5
(1)
4
(23)
3
(15)
2
(8)
1
(0)
The Mazda Mazda6 ranks highest in suspension and ranks lowest in electrical.
“I love my used Mazda but it does some whacky problems. The alarm goes of a few times a day. Dealership says door actuators need to be replaced, however, they have no way of knowing which one is cau...”
“I love my used Mazda but it does some whacky problems. The alarm goes of a few times a day. Deale...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6 are both sedans made by — you guessed it — Mazda. The Mazda 3 is a compact sedan and the Mazda 6 is a midsize. Both come with front-wheel drive.

The Mazda 3 is available as either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback, while the Mazda 6 comes only as a four-door sedan.

The Mazda 3 has a standard engine with 155 horsepower, and an optional engine with 184 horsepower. The larger Mazda 6 has 184 horsepower standard, with a 250-horsepower engine optional.

Choosing between the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6 is a matter of how much space you need, and how much money you want to spend. While the more spacious Mazda 6 costs a bit more, it also offers some upscale features in the higher trim levels. Both of these cars share an exceptional blend of ride, handling and fun-to-drive qualities. Both are the driver’s choice in their respective categories.

We suggest that you drive them both and then decide. Both the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6 are worthy of your car-buying dollars.

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