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Slight Raise / Lift 2015 Mazda3?

I've been looking around and haven't really found anything definitive. Is there a reliable way to raise or lift a 2015 Mazda 3 Hatchback about 1" for added ground clearance? My driveway is a bit steep, I'm constantly scraping the underside of the front lip on parking bumps, and I take the car camping and mtn biking over simple fire roads every now and then.

I've thought about buying 1" larger diameter tires to add a 1/2" lift, but if there's a better way of adding an inch or two via suspension modifications, I'd much prefer that, such as swapping in the Mazda5 suspension?

And yes, I almost did buy a Subaru Crosstrek which would have probably better suited my needs, but the Mazda3 came at a time and price that I couldn't refuse.

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People have discussed various ways.

adjustable suspension.. raising question.
Can you raise a 3?
Can I lift my Mazda3

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Yeah, I've seen those threads, but never really came across anything that seemed concrete other than getting a larger diameter tire. I'll probably end up going with this option and just live with the speedometer difference.

I was under the impression that certain parts of the Mazda5 suspension may have been interchangeable in the older model 3's and 5's, so was wondering if it would be the same case in the current models.
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Did you find a working link to someone who did do a lift? There was a link to the thread in one of those the threads but it looked like it broke when they did the update.

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this hurts me to read. wheelgap is so bad, yet there are people out there willing to lift a small family car..
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Trade in for a CX5. It is a 3, just in CUV format.

As far as a lift on a 2015?

Nothing I'm aware of.
Mazda 5 doesn't exist anymore, so can't make any use of that.

You could try CX5 springs, but that would be dangerous and a bad idea.

Maybe.. corksport lowering springs for the current gen CX5?
But then you'll be more stiff...

Personally if it's that big of a deal, I'd go with a different vehicle.

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Trade in for a CX5. It is a 3, just in CUV format.

As far as a lift on a 2015?

Nothing I'm aware of.
Mazda 5 doesn't exist anymore, so can't make any use of that.

You could try CX5 springs, but that would be dangerous and a bad idea.

Maybe.. corksport lowering springs for the current gen CX5?
But then you'll be more stiff...

Personally if it's that big of a deal, I'd go with a different vehicle.
If I could go back in time, I'd probably go with the CX-5. I had originally traded in a truck and sold my S2000 to get a more sensible vehicle that ticked all my boxes (mpg, storage, easy to drive, tech, comfort) and went with the Mazda3 over the CX-5 due to the 10mpg difference. Granted, after adding a hitch, racks, and likely lifting the Mazda3, I'd probably narrow that gap. The Crosstrek was also a real contender, but Subaru dealerships in my area didn't seem too keen on budging from MSRP at all and I had Mazda employee pricing.

Maybe in a year or two I'll just trade up to a CX-5.
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Did you find a working link to someone who did do a lift? There was a link to the thread in one of those the threads but it looked like it broke when they did the update.
That link took me back to the main forum page, so couldn't get much there.

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this hurts me to read. wheelgap is so bad, yet there are people out there willing to slam a small family car..
ftfy, but just kidding. I know the words lift and raise seem really out of place for a little hatchback, but all I really want is a smaller CX-5! I saw the CX-3 and thought it was going to be the perfect car, but then the trunkspace was sort of a letdown.
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I just can't really say what to do. I haven't seen anyone attempt lifting one yet that is in the US and is on forums (I have seen a rally spec 3, but I don't know if it's actually a 3 or just 3 body panels).

Maybe CX5 springs and cut a coil or two off?

That's about all I got.
Otherwise... custom springs it will have to be. (which isn't a huge deal either).
It's just... paving the way and being okay with losing some money on the way.

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Nothing I'm aware of.
Mazda 5 doesn't exist anymore, so can't make any use of that.

hey now... the other car in my garage is a 2014 Mazda 5, and Mazda is still selling a "2015" MY as well but its just stuck in the same 2nd generation and won't be refreshed.

I don't really like the wheel well gap I have on my 2014 Mazda 5, but I don't know if I'm ready to lower it (yet)... maybe I could be persuaded

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