A number of dealer accessories are also available. Reviewers said the Mazda3 has a quality interior with comfortable front seats. Higher line models get a Multi-Information Display below the windshield that houses readouts for the vehicle information center, climate system, radio presets, and even the available navigation system. The steering is sharp and precise, and the driver feels connected to the road. The more I see it the more I love it -Interior. And free is good, right? Under the Skin and Behind the Wheel The C1 architecture carries over from the previous 3 but with a host of upgrades that stiffen the structure without adding weight. The base engine is a 148-horsepower 2.
Seats are more aggressively bolstered than is typical among affordable small cars, but sport-seat upper bolsters are optional for those wanting even more support in cornering. Mazda rightly points out that in many countries … Hi! I am not a fan of automatic transmissions and mine has the 6 speed shifter. I am still not comfortable with driving it. The height is down by a few fractions of an inch, and the interior volume is unchanged over that of the previous 3, although trunk space has increased. Additional bracing for the suspension attachment points and an increase in the use of high-strength steel result in greater strength while avoiding a weight increase.
A five-door hatchback will be shown at the Bologna auto show in early December. The brakes on both models have a linear pedal feel. Mazda says the new grille serves a purpose, making the Mazda3 slip through the air better while also taking in sufficient air to cool the engine. I test drove it and it had a lot of guts for a 4 cyl. I have owned this car for 2 years, and it has been fantastic. We notice you're using an ad blocker. Drivers will have the most fun with the six-speed manual transmission.
Engineers matched its appearance with a strong powertrain. Whereas the last model had a small, high-set grille with a prominent lower air intake, the new model has only the grille, now much bigger and set lower. I was going to buy a Honda Fit for the hatchback room, but as soon as I test drove the Mazda there was no going back. Electronic stability control is offered on top trims but isn't available throughout the model line. The Mazda3 is powered by a choice of two different 4-cylinder engines, corresponding to the two quite different 3i and 3s models. Two large round gauges housing the tachometer and the speedometer remain in front of the driver, with radio and trip computer readouts moving to the top of the dashboard. The Mazda3 is offered in two body styles--a 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback.
If you select a higher trim, you can get a model with navigation, Bose stereo and Bluetooth. They're also adaptive, meaning that they point into turns as the steering wheel is turned. The recall began April 7, 2017. The dashboard panels have upscale textures and padded surfaces, and most controls feel high-rent for the segment. Small items storage is plentiful, with a nicely sized center console bin, an average-size glovebox, and two cupholders behind the shifter. The Mazda3 is practical, with useful small items storage up front, as well as plenty of room for the front passengers.
Downsides are lack of rear legroom and. When the navigation system is ordered, the screen is quite small, making it harder to read than most others, which are usually mounted on the center stack. As before, Mazda will offer the 3 in both four-door sedan and four-door hatchback form. . Larger ruts, however, can feel harsh, especially with the s model's 17-inch wheels. What this car does do is deliver a sports-car like driving experience.
The suspension sorts things out well enough after each bump, with few reverberations as the car resettles itself, but the shocks could stand to soak up a bit more. Suspension mounting points and wheelbase are unchanged, but Mazda used additional high-tensile-strength steel for added stiffness and reduced weight. Mazda 3i models come with a 148-horsepower, 2. The readouts are easy to see and the steering wheel controls work intuitively. Bodystyles: Sedan, Hatchback Engines: 2.
It can be a bit tiring on long trips down the poorly maintained interstate systems in this country. There has been a lot said about its looks. Instead, the company set out to make incremental improvements. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. The 2010 Mazda3 comes to market as an all-new model. We are getting about 26.
The turbocharged MazdaSpeed3, sold only as a hatchback, is covered in the Research section. New Styling Much to our relief, the sequel to the original 3 maintains what we liked and even manages to improve on the original. The buttons are set right by your right thumb and you don't have to look far from the road to see the readouts. The Civic and Forte ride a bit better, and the Corolla veritably glides over the rough patches. Remedy Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat lifter links and install a reinforcement bracket to the lifter links, or replace the entire seat adjuster unit, free of charge. I like the power of the 2. Available as a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback, this second generation Mazda3 is a top contender in the highly competitive compact segment.
Like its predecessor, the Mazda 3 sedan has a roomy cabin with a comfortable back seat. That is the only thing that I would have liked. The Mazda3 is practical, with useful small items storage up front, as well as plenty of room for the front passengers. The wheelbase and the width are unchanged, and the overall length has increased by a couple of inches. Built on a Volvo platform, the previous Mazda3 was a sales and critical success for Mazda.