2013 Mazda 3 Oil Capacity

The oil capacity of a 2013 Mazda 3 ultimately depends on its engine size, but its base model engine has an oil capacity of 4.5 quarts (4.3 liters).
Written by Melanie Johnson
Reviewed by Hillary Kobayashi
2013 Mazda 3
has four powerful engine options. Its base model engine has an oil capacity of 4.5 quarts (4.3 liters), the 2-liter Skyactiv engine has an oil capacity of 4.4 quarts (4.2 liters), the 2.5-liter engine has an oil capacity of 5.3 quarts (5 liters), and its most powerful engine option, the turbocharged 2.3-liter engine, has an oil capacity of 6 quarts (5.7 liters).
The Mazda 3 is a compact car produced by Mazda. It was first introduced in 2003 and continues to be one of Mazda’s best-selling cars 20 years later. 
If you own or plan to own a 2013 Mazda 3, you’ll want to know its engine oil capacity to keep it running smoothly. In this article, we’ll discuss the amount of oil this zippy little car requires and dig into how to change your oil and how often you should do so.

2013 Mazda 3 engine oil capacity

The 2013 Mazda 3’s base 2-liter, 148-horsepower engine requires 4.5 quarts (4.3 liters) of engine oil. 
The optional 2-liter Skyactiv engine that creates 155 horsepower and comes with a six-speed manual transmission requires 4.4 quarts (4.2 liters) of engine oil while the optional 2.5-liter, 167-horsepower engine requires 5.3 quarts (5 liters) of engine oil.
Finally, the most powerful engine option, the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 263 horsepower, requires 6 quarts (5.7 liters) of engine oil.
Consult your owner’s manual to verify what engine your Mazda 3 has. 
Note that engine oil capacity and engine displacement are not the same things. Engine oil capacity is the amount of oil that is required to complete an oil change while engine displacement is the measure of the volume of your Mazda’s cylinders.

What kind of oil does a 2013 Mazda 3 need?

Most Mazda 3 engines require SAE 0W-20 engine oil, although its turbocharged engine may require SAE 5W-30. Always consult your owner’s manual to confirm the type of oil your Mazda requires.
Let’s break down what SAE 0W-20 means.
SAE stands for ​​the U.S. Society of Automotive Engineers, the entity that codes oil viscosity. 
The numbers 0 and 20 refer to the oil’s viscosity (how thick it is at low and high temperatures, respectively) while the “W” stands for winter. 
“SAE 0W-20” means the oil has terrific cold-weather behavior. The oil is very thin in cold temperatures and flows easily through the engine without causing much friction. This oil performs adequately at high temperatures but will not provide as much lubrication as an 0W-30 or 5W-40 oil would.
Mazda recommends using Mazda Genuine Oil in order to achieve maximum fuel economy and full synthetic oil for optimal performance.
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How often to change the oil on a 2013 Mazda 3

If you’re using full synthetic oil, like Mazda recommends, a good rule of thumb is to
change the oil
every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. If you’re using conventional oil, every 3,000 to 5,000 miles is a better estimate. For those who don’t drive very often, you might be able to get away with changing your Mazda’s oil every six months.
That said, the best way to tell if your Mazda needs an oil change is to manually check the oil regularly
If you notice any of the following warning signs, your Mazda’s oil likely needs changing:
  • Dark brown or black engine oil. Oil that’s a light brown color, like ginger ale, is normal, but if it looks like a cup of Pepsi, it needs to be changed.
  • Gritty/grimy engine oil texture.
  • Strange sounds or unfamiliar smells coming from your Mazda’s engine.
  • Poor vehicle performance—like vibrations when idling or trouble changing gears.
  • Excess exhaust smoke.

How to change your oil and oil filter

Manually changing your vehicle’s oil is a breeze, provided you have the right tools and experience. You’ll likely need:
  • Up to 6 quarts of engine oil
  • Oil filter
  • Funnel
  • Socket or filter wrench
  • Drain pan
  • Carjack
  • Jack stands
Here are the steps you’ll need to take to change your Mazda’s oil:
  • First, turn on the car and warm up the engine for a few minutes. Then, turn the engine off.
  • Secure the car using jack stands.
  • Drain the old oil by placing the drain pan underneath the drain plug before removing it with the wrench.
  • Remove the old oil filter, while allowing the drain pan to collect more oil, and replace it with the new oil filter.
  • Refill the engine with new oil according to your engine type. Secure the fill cap.
  • Turn the car on and check for leaks.
If all goes according to plan, you’ll have successfully completed your first oil change! If your Mazda’s
oil pressure light
was illuminated, it should soon turn off.
Pro Tip Always remember to dispose of dirty oil safely by putting it in a sealed container and bringing it to a recycling center.
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