Mazda 3 Depreciation

A Mazda 3 will depreciate 46% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $11,877.

The Mazda 3 does reasonably well holding its value, landing in the top third of over 120 popular models at year 5. However, after 7 years, the Mazda 3 falls considerably, and is outpaced by many of its peers. With such, the 3 is hard to recommend simply from a value standpoint, as it does not age well. Perhaps you will be better off considering a Honda or Toyota when looking in this vehicle class.

The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 13,500 miles per year, and assumes a purchase price of $22,044 when new. Key in your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated annual miles driven into our depreciation calculator, and we'll predict an expected resale value just for you.

Mazda 3 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $3,747 83.00% $18,297 13,500 2021
2 $4,590 79.18% $17,454 27,000 2022
3 $6,443 70.77% $15,601 40,500 2023
4 $8,811 60.03% $13,233 54,000 2024
5 $10,167 53.88% $11,877 67,500 2025
6 $11,337 48.57% $10,707 81,000 2026
7 $13,947 36.73% $8,097 94,500 2027
8 $14,005 36.47% $8,039 108,000 2028
9 $15,100 31.50% $6,944 121,500 2029
10 $15,689 28.83% $6,355 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $3,747 83.00% $18,297
2 $4,590 79.18% $17,454
3 $6,443 70.77% $15,601
4 $8,811 60.03% $13,233
5 $10,167 53.88% $11,877
6 $11,337 48.57% $10,707
7 $13,947 36.73% $8,097
8 $14,005 36.47% $8,039
9 $15,100 31.50% $6,944
10 $15,689 28.83% $6,355

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If you purchase a used Mazda 3 that is 2 years old, then you could save $4,590 compared to buying new, and still have a relatively new model with plenty of useful life remaining. If you plan to keep this vehicle for 3 years then your total cost of depreciation would be $5,577. Try other age and ownership length combinations, or different vehicles to see if you can find depreciation sweetspots where this cost is the lowest. Hint: Try vehicles between 2 and 4 years old, as brand new vehicles depreciate quickly. Also, if this is a recently released model and buying a few years old isn't possible, consider another vehicle, or perhaps wait until more used 3 models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a Mazda 3

The 2019 Mazda 3 is our top pick for the best model year value for the 3. With the 2019, you would only pay, on average, 83% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2016 and 2013 model years are also attractive years for the 3, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the 3's price as new, current price, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money of the Mazda 3 models.

Mazda 3 Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $22,044 $22,044 $146 $0 0% 100%
2019 $21,520 $18,036 $175 $4,008 18.18% 83% Best
2018 $21,056 $16,903 $230 $1,133 6.28% 79.18%
2017 $21,934 $15,836 $313 $1,067 6.31% 70.77% Good
2016 $21,692 $13,389 $368 $2,447 15.45% 60.03% Better
2015 $21,365 $11,990 $479 $1,399 10.45% 53.88% Good
2014 $21,315 $11,033 $681 $957 7.98% 48.57%
2013 $20,778 $8,408 $777 $2,625 23.79% 36.73% Better
2012 $19,329 $7,891 $841 $517 6.15% 36.47%
2011 $19,177 $7,008 $968 $883 11.19% 31.5%
2010 $18,731 $6,396 $995 $612 8.73% 28.83%
2009 $18,952 $5,731 $1,148 $665 10.4% 24.18%
2008 $18,416 $5,358 $1,364 $373 6.51% 21.69%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $22,044 100%
2019 $18,036 83% Best
2018 $16,903 79.18%
2017 $15,836 70.77% Good
2016 $13,389 60.03% Better
2015 $11,990 53.88% Good
2014 $11,033 48.57%
2013 $8,408 36.73% Better
2012 $7,891 36.47%
2011 $7,008 31.5%
2010 $6,396 28.83%
2009 $5,731 24.18%
2008 $5,358 21.69%
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About Our Data and "Useful Lifespan"

We aggregate and analyze millions of automotive data points from a variety of sources, including some of the industry's leading data providers. The historical depreciation tables, charts, values and overall rankings are conducted on a semi-annual basis, with our most recent update published in September 2020.

While the "Useful Lifespan" of a vehicle will vary greatly from one model to the next, and even one owner to the next, we have determined that twelve years is the most appropriate timeframe which will yield us good, usable data - and that any data beyond that timeframe becomes more dispersed, and ultimately less reliable. Moreover, maintenance costs beyond that timeframe become significantly more varied, as a vehicle owner's care of a particular vehicle will greatly impact its value, and ongoing maintenance costs. We are very much hopeful, however, that your car or truck will last well beyond twelve years, and that it gets you to where you want to go.

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