Mazda 3 Depreciation

A Mazda 3 will depreciate 56% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $9,770.

The Mazda 3 does not hold its value well, with its resale price falling consistently throughout its useful life. Ranked in the bottom quartile, 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, 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 $3,560 83.85% $18,484 13,500 2021
2 $6,073 72.45% $15,971 27,000 2022
3 $8,500 61.44% $13,544 40,500 2023
4 $10,261 53.45% $11,783 54,000 2024
5 $12,274 44.32% $9,770 67,500 2025
6 $13,546 38.55% $8,498 81,000 2026
7 $13,855 37.15% $8,189 94,500 2027
8 $14,082 36.12% $7,962 108,000 2028
9 $15,627 29.11% $6,417 121,500 2029
10 $15,966 27.57% $6,078 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $3,560 83.85% $18,484
2 $6,073 72.45% $15,971
3 $8,500 61.44% $13,544
4 $10,261 53.45% $11,783
5 $12,274 44.32% $9,770
6 $13,546 38.55% $8,498
7 $13,855 37.15% $8,189
8 $14,082 36.12% $7,962
9 $15,627 29.11% $6,417
10 $15,966 27.57% $6,078

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If you purchase a used Mazda 3 that is 2 years old, then you could save $6,073 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 $6,201. 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 2015 Mazda 3 is our top pick for the best model year value for the 3. With the 2015, you would only pay, on average, 44% of the price as new, with 58% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2017 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
2020 $22,044 $22,044 $146 $0 0% 100%
2019 $21,520 $18,220 $175 $3,824 17.35% 83.85%
2018 $21,056 $15,485 $230 $2,735 15.01% 72.45% Good
2017 $21,934 $13,790 $313 $1,695 10.95% 61.44% Better
2016 $21,692 $11,963 $368 $1,827 13.25% 53.45% Better
2015 $21,365 $9,949 $479 $2,014 16.84% 44.32% Best
2014 $21,315 $8,897 $681 $1,052 10.57% 38.55% Good
2013 $20,778 $8,496 $777 $401 4.51% 37.15%
2012 $19,329 $7,822 $841 $674 7.93% 36.12%
2011 $19,177 $6,550 $968 $1,272 16.26% 29.11%
2010 $18,731 $6,159 $995 $391 5.97% 27.57%
2009 $18,952 $5,662 $1,148 $497 8.07% 23.82%
2008 $18,416 $5,317 $1,364 $345 6.09% 21.47%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $22,044 100%
2019 $18,220 83.85%
2018 $15,485 72.45% Good
2017 $13,790 61.44% Better
2016 $11,963 53.45% Better
2015 $9,949 44.32% Best
2014 $8,897 38.55% Good
2013 $8,496 37.15%
2012 $7,822 36.12%
2011 $6,550 29.11%
2010 $6,159 27.57%
2009 $5,662 23.82%
2008 $5,317 21.47%
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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 April 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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