Mazda 3 Depreciation

A Mazda 3 will depreciate 27% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $21,236.

The Mazda 3 does reasonably well holding its value in a very competitve segment. 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 12,000 miles per year. It also assumes a selling price of $28,903 when new. Enter your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated miles driven annually. Our depreciation calculator will predict an expected resale value for the Mazda 3.

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Mazda 3 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $2,564 91.13% $26,339 12,000 2022
2 $2,896 89.98% $26,007 24,000 2023
3 $4,084 85.87% $24,819 36,000 2024
4 $5,945 79.43% $22,958 48,000 2025
5 $7,667 73.47% $21,236 60,000 2026
6 $9,260 67.96% $19,643 72,000 2027
7 $10,733 62.87% $18,170 84,000 2028
8 $12,096 58.15% $16,807 96,000 2029
9 $13,050 54.85% $15,853 108,000 2030
10 $14,212 50.83% $14,691 120,000 2031

Mazda 3 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $2,564 91.13% $26,339
2 $2,896 89.98% $26,007
3 $4,084 85.87% $24,819
4 $5,945 79.43% $22,958
5 $7,667 73.47% $21,236
6 $9,260 67.96% $19,643
7 $10,733 62.87% $18,170
8 $12,096 58.15% $16,807
9 $13,050 54.85% $15,853
10 $14,212 50.83% $14,691

Buying a Mazda 3 New vs Used

If you purchase a used Mazda 3 that is 2 years old, then you could save $2,896 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 $4,771. 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.

What About Mazda 3 Insurance Costs?

The average cost to insure a Mazda 3 is about $1,459 per year. This adds up to around $7,295 after 5 years of vehicle ownership. Unlike depreciation, this expense can often be lowered by shopping around for lower insurance premiums. Comparing quotes will ensure that you are not overpaying if you already own a Mazda 3. Or, if you are just researching, then it would be money-wise to know this cost before buying. Try our Competitive Quote Tool or the form below to get free quotes. Advertising Disclosure

The Best Model Years to Buy a Mazda 3

The 2021 Mazda 3 is our top pick for the best model year value for the 3. With the 2021, you would only pay, on average, 91% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2020 and 2019 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
2022 $28,903 $28,903 $199 $0 0% 100%
2021 $28,851 $26,522 $230 $2,381 8.24% 91.13% Best
2020 $22,044 $20,116 $281 $6,406 24.15% 89.98% Better
2019 $21,520 $18,840 $361 $1,276 6.34% 85.87% Better
2018 $21,056 $18,563 $428 $277 1.47% 86.13% Good
2017 $21,934 $18,977 $533 +$414 -2.23% 84.09% Good
2016 $21,692 $17,310 $746 $1,667 8.78% 76.36%
2015 $21,365 $16,459 $830 $851 4.92% 73.15%
2014 $21,315 $15,237 $909 $1,222 7.42% 67.22%
2013 $20,778 $12,422 $1,026 $2,815 18.47% 54.85%
2012 $19,329 $10,866 $1,041 $1,556 12.53% 50.83%
2011 $19,177 $9,409 $1,166 $1,457 13.41% 42.98%
2010 $18,731 $8,211 $1,348 $1,198 12.73% 36.64%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2022 $28,903 100%
2021 $26,522 91.13% Best
2020 $20,116 89.98% Better
2019 $18,840 85.87% Better
2018 $18,563 86.13% Good
2017 $18,977 84.09% Good
2016 $17,310 76.36%
2015 $16,459 73.15%
2014 $15,237 67.22%
2013 $12,422 54.85%
2012 $10,866 50.83%
2011 $9,409 42.98%
2010 $8,211 36.64%

Mazda 3 Depreciation Rankings

Depreciation Rankings

We've ranked over 200 models from best to worst for Depreciation. See where the Mazda 3 ranks for Depreciation compared to other vehicles. Also check out how the 3 stacks up in our rankings for Maintenance, Insurance and Overall Costs.

Depreciation Rankings

Other Mazda 3 Costs of Ownership

Finding a car or truck that saves on depreciation costs is important. But, it's also imperative to view all major Mazda 3 costs. This will ensure that you are finding the vehicle that provides you the best value, at the lowest cost. We've created tools that will also help you to save on the following ownership expenses: