Mazda 3 Depreciation

A Mazda 3 will depreciate 43% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $12,826.

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 $22,306 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.

Mazda 3 Depreciation Calculator

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Mazda 3 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $2,661 88.07% $19,645 12,000 2022
2 $3,904 82.50% $18,402 24,000 2023
3 $5,637 74.73% $16,669 36,000 2024
4 $7,589 65.98% $14,717 48,000 2025
5 $9,480 57.50% $12,826 60,000 2026
6 $10,736 51.87% $11,570 72,000 2027
7 $11,653 47.76% $10,653 84,000 2028
8 $13,892 37.72% $8,414 96,000 2029
9 $14,247 36.13% $8,059 108,000 2030
10 $15,324 31.30% $6,982 120,000 2031

Mazda 3 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $2,661 88.07% $19,645
2 $3,904 82.50% $18,402
3 $5,637 74.73% $16,669
4 $7,589 65.98% $14,717
5 $9,480 57.50% $12,826
6 $10,736 51.87% $11,570
7 $11,653 47.76% $10,653
8 $13,892 37.72% $8,414
9 $14,247 36.13% $8,059
10 $15,324 31.30% $6,982

Buying a Mazda 3 New vs Used

If you purchase a used Mazda 3 that is 2 years old, then you could save $3,904 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 $5,576. 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 2020 Mazda 3 is our top pick for the best model year value for the 3. With the 2020, you would only pay, on average, 88% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2019 and 2016 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
2021 $22,306 $22,306 $190 $0 0% 100%
2020 $22,044 $19,633 $219 $2,673 11.98% 88.07% Best
2019 $21,520 $18,029 $274 $1,604 8.17% 82.5% Better
2018 $21,056 $16,093 $357 $1,936 10.74% 74.73% Good
2017 $21,934 $14,884 $412 $1,209 7.51% 65.98% Good
2016 $21,692 $12,995 $523 $1,889 12.69% 57.5% Better
2015 $21,365 $11,808 $726 $1,187 9.13% 51.87%
2014 $21,315 $11,002 $822 $806 6.83% 47.76%
2013 $20,778 $8,723 $885 $2,279 20.71% 37.72%
2012 $19,329 $7,995 $1,012 $728 8.35% 36.13%
2011 $19,177 $7,043 $1,040 $952 11.91% 31.3%
2010 $18,731 $6,478 $1,192 $565 8.02% 28.22%
2009 $18,952 $5,770 $1,408 $708 10.93% 23.02%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2021 $22,306 100%
2020 $19,633 88.07% Best
2019 $18,029 82.5% Better
2018 $16,093 74.73% Good
2017 $14,884 65.98% Good
2016 $12,995 57.5% Better
2015 $11,808 51.87%
2014 $11,002 47.76%
2013 $8,723 37.72%
2012 $7,995 36.13%
2011 $7,043 31.3%
2010 $6,478 28.22%
2009 $5,770 23.02%

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: