I drove the car from Chicago to Detroit and back, and I was pleased with the leather-seat comfort, but the optional heaters only turn on and off. Exterior features include power exterior mirrors, foglights, and halogen headlights. Factors including movement and shape of the object in front of the vehicle, weather and road conditions can all impact automatic brake control and collision warning. Hang on, because the Mazdaspeed3 will take you for a great ride. We did criticize it for excessive torque steer, a product of sending 263 horsepower through the front wheels. Front-row riders get the most room in the 2009 Mazda 3, while the rear row suffers somewhat. Two Strikes Against The two strikes against the 2009 Mazda3 are its crash tests and its gas mileage.
This steering approach will return in the 2010 Mazda3, which is predicted to get virtually the same mileage as this generation. Can't you hear the switchbacks calling? Naturally it still trails Mazda now, and is well behind the models that have been introduced or redesigned since. Some of the sportier versions, like the s and the Mazdaspeed 3, may prove to be too extreme for some, but for enthusiasts they will prove satisfying. The Mazda3 has that…well, zoom-zoom thing going for it. Sportier and more fun to drive than most of its competition, the Mazda 3 is also practical and refined. Now that side bags are standard across the line, results should be better. Road noise is also present and gets tiring after a few hours on the road.
A quick new-car search on Cars. Smart Brake Support operates under certain conditions above 10 mph. Stop dillydallying -- shift gears and go. At the very top of the lineup is the Mazdaspeed 3 that boasts a turbocharged direct-injection 2. Driver Attention Alert is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving.
Verdict The Mazda 3 is a refined small car with a rich interior that behaves like a well-tuned sports sedan. The 2009 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States and one of the favorite compact cars of the editors at TheCarConnection. Please see your Owner's Manual for further details. The engine generates 135 lb-ft of torque, which drives the sedan from 0 to 60 in just under 10 seconds, and links to a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. The interior design, materials, and appointments are a cut above its segment.
The cover can be flipped, too, providing a water- and stain-resistant surface in lieu of the carpet. The high-performance Mazdaspeed3 has a turbocharged 2. The Mazda 3 is a quality piece. The stick is within reach and is a decent height. That means the 2010 model is poised to leapfrog everything else on the market, which is the only way to do it.
It is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. By way of illustration, the Mazda3 stands in contrast to the approach Chevrolet took with the Cobalt, which made its debut a year after the Mazda3, in 2005. There are limitations to the range and detection of the system. The front bumper, grille and headlights give the car a more aggressive and aerodynamic look, while the interior received an ergonomic rearrangement and improved quality materials. Ford Focus uses the first Focus platform. Highlights and Recommendations For most buyers, the 2.
MazdaSpeed's low-profile tires and sporty exhaust note generate more ruckus. Overall, for an engine of its size, the 2. A quick new-car search on Cars. Moving up to the sportier s model yields a larger 2. Air conditioning remains a no-show on the standard equipment list, however.
Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring are the three trim levels. The Mazda was praised for its superb interior, its powerful engine, and for being the most sporting of the bunch. The sedan's trunk holds 14. The new generation features the Japanese automaker's new language design, boasting clean flowing lines and prolonged arches. Like the sedan version it will share the same engine range and transmissions.
Stability control and traction control is standard on s Touring, Grand Touring, and Mazdaspeed 3 models. Smart Brake Support operates under certain driving conditions. Otherwise, front and rear headroom is generous. Various reviews read by TheCarConnection. Naturally it still trails Mazda now, and is well behind the models that have been introduced or redesigned since.