A guide to Mazda cars in Australia

Mazda is traditionally one of the top-performing vehicle brands in Canstar Blue’s annual review of new cars, and it’s easy to see why when you see what’s on offer. There are eight types of Mazda vehicles on sale here in Australia, with each emphasising drivability and comfort. In this review, Canstar Blue walks you through the complete Mazda range, showing what sort of features you can expect, and what you’ll need to pay.

Mazda2

mazda2The Mazda2 is possibly the manufacturer’s most well-known car, offering what it describes as ‘quick-witted agility’ and outstanding fuel economy. It comes as either a hatch or sedan, and is a great vehicle choice for anyone needing a compact car to zip around town. There are two models of Mazda2 sedan – the Neo and Maxx, while the hatch includes an additional model, the Genki.

Mazda2 features

Mazda2 Neo Mazda2 Maxx Mazda2 Genki
Engine
  • 1.5 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve
  • 6-Speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission
  • 5.4l/100km (man) or 5.5l/100km (auto
  • 1.5 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve
  • DOHC S-VT petrol (SKYACTIV –G) with i-stop
  • 5.2l/100km (man) or 4.9l/100km (auto)
Same engine specs as Mazda2 Maxx
Features
  • Push button engine start
  • 15 inch steel wheels
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Trip computer
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
All Neo features, plus/or:

  • 15 inch alloy wheels
  • 7 inch touch screen display
  • Satellite navigation (optional)
  • Multi-function commander control
  • Radio Data System
  • Audio system with: 6 speakers
  • Reverse camera
  • Leather-wrapped: gear shift knob, handbrake handle and steering wheel
All Maxx features, plus/or:

  • 16 inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome exhaust extension
  • Halogen front fog-lamps
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • LED headlamps
  • Headlamps auto on/off function
  • Active Driving Display
  • Satellite navigation
  • (Optional leather and white stitch interior)

Mazda2 price

A new Mazda2 Neo hatch or sedan will cost in the vicinity of $17,000, while the Maxx prices a little closer to the $20k mark. The Mazda2 Genki hatch is the most expensive, generally costing upward of $23,000 – even more if you purchase the bonus S pack with a luxury interior.

Mazda3

mazda3The Mazda3 is a sporty and stylish hatch or sedan which promises powerful performance while still achieving outstanding fuel economy. Of course, it’s not just about what’s under the hood, as the Mazda3 boasts a slew of features for comfort and safety, making it another great choice for busy city dwellers as well as families. There are four models of Mazda3, providing a range of options to suit your needs.

Mazda3 features

Mazda3 Neo Mazda3 Maxx Mazda3 Touring Mazda3 SP25
Engine
  • 2.0L I4 Petrol
  • 6-speed man or auto
  • 5.8L/100km (sedan man) or 5.7L/100km (sedan auto)
Same engine as specs as Mazda2 Neo Same engine specs as Mazda2 Neo
  • 2.5L I4 Petrol
  • 6-speed man or auto
  • 6.5/100km (sedan man) or 6.0L/100km (sedan auto)
Features
  • 16 inch alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Smart City Brake Support –
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Bluetooth
All Neo features, plus/or:

  • LED fog lamps
  • Leather-wrapped gear shift knob, handbrake handle and steering wheel
  • Satellite navigation
  • MZD Connect
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
All Maxx features, plus/or:

  • Auto on/off headlights
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Electric parking brake
All Touring features, plus/or:

  • Advanced keyless entry
  • Active Driving Display (GT & Astina  only)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition(GT& Astina  only)
  • Leather seat trim (GT only)
  • Lane keep assist (Astina only)

Mazda3 price

The Mazda3 Neo and Maxx vehicles generally cost between $24,000 and $28,000 depending on transmission type. The Touring is a touch more expensive, around the $30k mark. The Mazda3 SP25 is the priciest in this line, costing anywhere from $29,000 to $37,000, depending on whether you opt for the added GT or Astina features.

Mazda6

mazda6Unlike the Mazda2 and Mazda3, this car focuses a little less on family and city practicality, and a bit more on style, class and sportiness. There are four models in the Mazda6 range, with even the most basic of the range, the Mazda 6 Sport, boasting a powerful petrol engine and a wide host of features.

Mazda6 features

Mazda6 Sport Mazda6 Touring Mazda6 GT Mazda6 Atenza
Engine & Transmission
  • 2.5L I4 petrol
  • 6-speed auto
  • 6.6L/100km
  • 2.5L I4 petrol or 2.2L l4 diesel
  • 6-speed auto
  • 6.6L/100km (petrol) or 5.4L/100 km (diesel)
Same engine specs as Mazda6 Touring Same engine specs as Mazda6 Touring
Features
  • 17 inch alloy wheels
  • Front fog-lamps
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Seat trim: Black cloth
  • Dual-zone: climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric parking brake
  • MZD Connect
  • DAB digital radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite navigation
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Reverse camera
  • i-ELOOP
  • Smart City Brake Support
All Sport features, plus/or:

  • Daytime running lamps (LED)
  • Seat trim: Black or Pure White leather
  • Premium Bose® audio system
All Touring features, plus/or:

  • 19 inch alloy wheels
  • Power sliding and tilt glass sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Active Driving Display
  • Auto dimming rear-view mirror
  • Adaptive Front-lighting System
  • Advanced keyless entry
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
All GT features, plus/or:

  • Radar cruise control
  • Adaptive LED Headlamps
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Forward Obstruction Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane-keep Assist System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Seat trim: Black or Pure White nappa leather

Mazda6 price

Prices in the Mazda6 range start at about $36,000 for the Mazda6 Sport. The Touring costs a bit more, between $40,000 and $45,000 depending on fuel type. The GT and Atenza models should set you back about $45k to $53k, again depending on the fuel type, with diesel models being the most expensive.

Mazda CX-3

mazda-cx-3The Mazda CX-3 is marketed as an SUV that can move you like nothing else. The Mazda CX-3 boasts several major awards as both a city and family-friendly car, combining enhanced capability with city-friendly size, all without compromising on connectivity and safety. There are four different Mazda CX-3 models – the Neo, Maxx, sTouring and Akari.

Mazda CX-3 features

CX-3 Neo CX-3 Maxx CX-3 sTouring CX-3 Akari
Engine & Transmission
  • 2.0L Petrol FWD
  • 6-speed auto/man
  • 6.3L/100km (man) or 6.1L/100km (auto)
2.0L Petrol or 1.5L Diesel

  • 6-speed auto/man
  • AWD or FWD
  •  4.7L/100km (diesel) or 6.1L/100 km (petrol auto FWD)
Same engine specs as Mazda CX-3 Maxx

  • 5.1L/100km (diesel) or 6.1L/100km (petrol auto FWD)
  • 2.0L Petrol or 1.5L Diesel
  • 6-speed auto or man
  • AWD or FWD
  • 5.1L/100km (diesel) or 6.1L/100km (petrol auto FWD)
Features
  • 16 inch steel wheels
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Advanced keyless push-button engine start
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Air-conditioning
  • Rear parking sensors
All Neo features, plus/or:

  • 16 inch alloy wheels
  • 7-inch full colour touch screen display
  • Multi-function commander control
  • Reverse camera
  • Audio system with 6 speakers
  • Satellite navigation
  • Leather wrapped gear shift knob and steering wheel
All Maxx features, plus/or:

  • 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Active Driving Display
  • Auto on/off headlamps
  • Front fog-lamps
  • Front wipers 2-speed with rain-sensing function

 

All sTouring features, plus/or:

  • Power sliding and tilt glass sunroof
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring
  • High Beam Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Smart City Brake Support

Mazda CX-3 price

Prices will vary depending on the transmission and fuel type of the vehicle, as well as the model. The Mazda CX-3 Neo is the cheapest in the CX-3 line, costing around $23,000 to $25,000. The Maxx is priced around $26,000 to $30,000, the sTouring about $31,000 to $38,000, and the Akari, $37,000 to $42,000.

Mazda CX-5

mazda-cx-5The Mazda CX-5 is a well-rounded SUV – spacious enough for the family, yet with plenty of features to make driving safe and enjoyable. Once again, there are four models of CX-5, with each adding a little extra style and performance.

Mazda CX-5 features

CX-5 Maxx CX-5 Maxx Sport CX-5 GT CX-5 Akera
Engine & Transmission
  • 2.0L or 2.5L petrol
  • 6-speed auto or manual
  • FWD or AWD
  • 6.6L/100km or 7.5L/100km (2.5L engine)
  • 2.0L/2.5L petrol or 2.2L diesel
  • FWD or AWD
  • 6-speed auto
  • 6.6L/100km (petrol); 5.7L/100km (diesel)
  • 2.5L petrol or 2.2L diesel
  • 6-speed auto AWD
  • 7.4L/100km (petrol); 5.7L/100km (diesel)
Same engine specs as Mazda CX-5 GT
Features
  • 17 inch steel wheels
  • Advanced keyless push-button engine start
  • Cruise control
  • Electric parking brake
  • 7-inch full colour touch screen display
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Reverse camera
  • Smart City Brake Support
All Maxx features, plus/or:

  • 17 inch alloy wheels
  • Front fog-lamps
  • Auto on/off headlamps
  • Front wipers 2-speed with rain-sensing function
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Leather wrapped gear shift knob and steering wheel
  • Audio system with 6 speakers
  • Satellite navigation
All Maxx Sport features, plus/or:

  • 19 inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive Front-lighting System
  • Front fog-lamps
  • Power sliding and tilt glass sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Power adjustable driver and front passenger seat with heating function
  • 2-position memory function for driver’s seat
  • Premium Bose 231 watt amplifier with 9 speakers
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Smart City Brake Support
All GT features, plus/or:

  • Adaptive LED Headlamps
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Forward Obstruction Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane-keep Assist System
  • Radar Cruise Control
  • Side monitor
  • Smart Brake Support

Mazda CX-5 price

As mentioned, the price of a vehicle will depend on a number of factors. This includes the fuel and transmission type, as well as when and where you buy. Generally speaking, the Mazda CX-5 Maxx starts at the lowest price, between $31,000 and $36,000. The Maxx sport is a decent step-up in price, costing $37,000 to $42,000. The GT and Akera models are fairly similar in price, around $48,000 to $55,000.

Mazda CX-9

mazda-cx-9The CX-9 is Mazda’s ultimate family SUV. It has 7 seats and is the first Mazda vehicle to boast the ‘breakthrough’ SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged petrol engine. It also comes standard with the latest connectivity and safety features, including an integrated Bluetooth system and Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE monitoring. The four models of Mazda CX-9 are the Sport, Touring, GT and Azami.

Mazda CX-9 features

CX-9 Sport CX-9 Touring CX-9 GT CX-9 Azami

Engine & Transmission

  • 2.5L Turbo I4 Petrol FWD or AWD
  • 6-speed automatic
  •  8.4L/100km (FWD); 8.8L/100km (AWD)
Same engine specs as Mazda CX-9 Sport Same engine specs as Mazda CX-9 Sport Same engine specs as Mazda CX-9 Sport
Features
  • 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Headlamps (LED)
  • Three-zone climate control with rear control and vents
  • Seat trim: Black cloth
  • MZD Connect
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM)
  • Smart City Brake Support
All Sport features, plus/or:

  • 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Front fog-lamps
  • Headlamps auto on/off function
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Power adjust driver & passenger seat
  • Seat trim: Black leather
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring Smart City Brake Support
All Touring features, plus/or:

  • 20 inch alloy wheels
  • Power sliding and tilt glass sunroof
  • Remote operated power tailgate
  • Active Driving Display
  • Seat trim: Black or Natural Stone Leather
  • Premium Bose audio system
  • Parking sensors
  • Smart City Brake Support
All GT features, plus/or:

  • 20 inch alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go function
  • Adaptive LED Headlamps
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Lane Keep-assist System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Smart Brake Support

Mazda CX-9 price:

You shouldn’t expect a family SUV with as many features as the CX-9 to come cheap. Prices for the Mazda CX-9 sport (FWD) start at about $46k. The CX-9 Touring costs about $53k, the GT, $62k, and the Azami, $65k. If you prefer an AWD, expect to pay approximately $5,000 extra on each of the mentioned prices.

Mazda MX-5

mazda-mx-5Mazda brazenly labels its MX-5 as the ‘world’s favourite sports car’, winning the world car of the year award in 2016. The Mazda MX-5 certainly looks the part, with its two-seats, retractable roof, LED headlights and green tinted windows, but this sports car doesn’t skimp on the interior features either. It has premium Bose speakers, internet-integrated radio, 7” colour touch-screen display and a type pressure monitoring system.

There are two models of Mazda MX-5 – the Roadster and the RF, though we wouldn’t be doing these vehicles justice by listing their features here. Customers may also upgrade to the Roadster GT and RF GT, which add leather heated seats, keyless entry and rain-sensing wipers.

Mazda MX-5 price

The Mazda MX-5 is more affordable than you might expect. The Mazda MX-5 Roadster costs around $38,000, while the RF prices around $42k. Upgrading to the GT versions will cost an additional two to five grand.

Mazda BT-50

mazda-bt-50Most vehicle manufacturers include at least one work-ute in their vehicle range. For Mazda, that’s the BT-50. The six main models of BT-50 are: The Hi-Rider, XT, XTR, GT, XT Hi-Rider and XTR Hi-Rider. That said, there are technically dozens of versions of BT-50, as each of these vehicles are available as both 4×2 and 4×4, and with either a single, freestyle or dual cab.

Mazda BT-50 features vary across each of the models, as well as with the drive type and cab size, making it difficult to list all the possible features. As a standard however, Mazda BT-50’s will usually include: Trip computer, cruise control, hands-free Bluetooth and steering-wheel audio controls. The BT-50 range also boasts a powerful engine with the choice of either a 2.2L or 3.2L intercooled turbo diesel in either auto or manual transmission.

Mazda BT-50 price

There are a few key things to note when you’re in the market for a new ute:

  • 4x4s are more expensive than 4x2s
  • Dual cabs are the most expensive, followed by freestyle (extra) cab vehicles. Single cab utes are the cheapest
  • Automatic transmission vehicles are cheaper than manual vehicles

A Mazda BT-50 single cab will cost between $26,000 and $30,000, while freestyle cab Mazda’s price anywhere from $32,000 to $45,000. The dual cab BT-50s can cost anything from $35,000 to $50,000.

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