Mazda 3 Depreciation

A Mazda 3 will depreciate 48% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $11,568.

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

Current Vehicle Age
Current Price
Own it For
Annual Miles

Mazda 3 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $3,582 83.94% $18,724 12,000 2022
2 $5,026 77.47% $17,280 24,000 2023
3 $5,668 74.59% $16,638 36,000 2024
4 $8,525 61.78% $13,781 48,000 2025
5 $10,738 51.86% $11,568 60,000 2026
6 $11,534 48.29% $10,772 72,000 2027
7 $11,684 47.62% $10,622 84,000 2028
8 $14,506 34.97% $7,800 96,000 2029
9 $15,128 32.18% $7,178 108,000 2030
10 $16,709 25.09% $5,597 120,000 2031

Mazda 3 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $3,582 83.94% $18,724
2 $5,026 77.47% $17,280
3 $5,668 74.59% $16,638
4 $8,525 61.78% $13,781
5 $10,738 51.86% $11,568
6 $11,534 48.29% $10,772
7 $11,684 47.62% $10,622
8 $14,506 34.97% $7,800
9 $15,128 32.18% $7,178
10 $16,709 25.09% $5,597

Buying a Mazda 3 New vs Used

If you purchase a used Mazda 3 that is 2 years old, then you could save $5,026 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 $5,712. 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 $1,430 per year. This adds up to around $7,150 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 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, 84% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2016 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
2021 $22,306 $22,306 $186 $0 0% 100%
2020 $22,044 $18,721 $217 $3,585 16.07% 83.94% Best
2019 $21,520 $16,939 $267 $1,782 9.52% 77.47% Better
2018 $21,056 $16,053 $348 $886 5.23% 74.59%
2017 $21,934 $13,965 $414 $2,088 13.01% 61.78% Good
2016 $21,692 $11,768 $519 $2,197 15.73% 51.86% Better
2015 $21,365 $11,049 $732 $719 6.11% 48.29% Good
2014 $21,315 $10,967 $817 $82 0.74% 47.62%
2013 $20,778 $8,162 $896 $2,805 25.58% 34.97%
2012 $19,329 $7,233 $1,013 $929 11.38% 32.18%
2011 $19,177 $5,839 $1,028 $1,394 19.27% 25.09%
2010 $18,731 $5,454 $1,153 $385 6.59% 22.96%
2009 $18,952 $4,169 $1,335 $1,285 23.56% 22%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2021 $22,306 100%
2020 $18,721 83.94% Best
2019 $16,939 77.47% Better
2018 $16,053 74.59%
2017 $13,965 61.78% Good
2016 $11,768 51.86% Better
2015 $11,049 48.29% Good
2014 $10,967 47.62%
2013 $8,162 34.97%
2012 $7,233 32.18%
2011 $5,839 25.09%
2010 $5,454 22.96%
2009 $4,169 22%

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: