Mazda 3 Maxx 2016 Review

Mazda 3 Maxx 2016 Review

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Hatch Or Sedan? Choose Your Mazda 3 Maxx

Mazda 3 Maxx 2016 Aggregated Reviews

Cars Guide: 8/10
Motoring: 8/10
Drive: 6.5/10
Car Advice: 8/10
Which Car: 9/10
Combined total score: 7.9/10

We love:

  • Enough space for four adults
  • Conventional six-speed auto
  • Low cost maintenance

Pain points:

  • Engine noisier and thirstier than rival turbocharged options
  • Cabin insulation could improve.

Mazda 3 Maxx 2016 review

The Maxx is the most popular car financed in the Mazda 3 range. Here's why:

Exterior of the Mazda 3 Maxx 2016

The Maxx comes in either hatch or sedan. Both styles are low, sleek and classy, with the sedan offering a little more boot space than the hatch. The sedan is 4.6 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.45 metres high, with ground clearance of 160 millimetres.

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LED fog lamps and the wide Kodo-design grille give the Maxx a unique street presence. It's a car that you'll buy for its style as well as its practicality.

Inside the Mazda 3 Maxx 2016

The interior of the Maxx 2016 is quite dark, with cloth trim and soft materials - the Maxx also has a leather steering wheel, gear knob, and handbrake. With comfortable driver ergonomics and straightforward controls for air conditioning and entertainment, driving the Maxx is an agreeable experience.

The back seats have plenty of room for tall adults, and the seats are well-shaped so you sit 'in' rather than 'on' them. The surfaces are sturdy enough to withstand most family use, with convenient storage spaces.

The Maxx makes safety a priority with AEB, six airbags, ABS, and stability control, as well as a reversing camera, reverse cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and reverse AEB.

The hatch has less boot space, with a possibly more versatile 308 litres to the sedan's 408 litres.


With a seven inch touchscreen providing access to the new MZD Connect media system, the Mazda 3 Maxx also connects you through satellite navigation, DAB+ radio, USB and bluetooth with audio transmitted through six speakers.

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The MZD Connect system gives you audio options including Pandora, Stitcher and aha, or you can connect your smartphone using Bluetooth or the two USB ports.

There's some app integration, but no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. When the car is moving you operate the system using a rotary dial on the console, the touchscreen can only be used when stationary.

What's it like to drive a Mazda 3 Maxx 2016?

Mazda 3 has great driving dynamics, firmly holding the road and responding quickly to steering input. When parking you have front and rear parking sensors, but no auto-parking option. The stop-start system contributes to the great fuel efficiency.

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Shift paddles on the steering wheel give a little more control to driver's who opt for the automatic transmission for city convenience. Mazda also promotes their new 'G-vectoring' system, the 1% that raises the handling of this car above the competition. You won't notice it unless you drive the previous years model directly before the 2016 Maxx.

Who's the Mazda 3 Maxx 2016 for?

The Maxx makes an ideal family runabout, or a stylish, reputable choice for many Australian drivers looking to combine an involved driving experience with reliability and affordability that Mazda offers.

During the first five years, your annual servicing costs should be around $310, making this one of the more wallet-friendly medium size cars you can own.

Feature Summary

Price: new from $22,890

Engine: 114kW/200Nm 2.0L naturally aspirated four-cylinder

Transmission: six-speed automatic or manual

Wheels: 16 inch alloy

Safety: 5 star ANCAP

Fuel: 5.7L/100km

Emissions: 136g/km

AV and tech: 7 inch touchscreen MZD Connect, six-speaker, USB input & DAB+ radio.

Seats: 5

Doors: 4 or 5

You can finance a Mazda 3 Maxx 2016 from $110/week*, get a quick quote to find out exactly what it will cost to own this market leading, highly efficient car.

No time to shop around for your car? Just tell us exactly what you want, including the features and colour. We will find the vehicle to match and negotiate the best price for you.

If you're looking for something a little bit bigger, consider the Mazda6 2017, or for a best selling SUV, the Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017 offers the elegance, economy and reliability you expect from Mazda.

*Over a 5-year loan term.

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