The latter is a tad long in the throw, but the clutch is easy to modulate. If you are into high mileage go get yourself a econobox with a lawn mower engine in it. The hatchback body style feels even sportier and provides useful space. Mazda has upped their quality to try to grab market share, and the Mazda3 is their best-selling vehicle. We came from out of town to see this vehicle and they made sure it was there so we didn't waste a trip.
Body roll is well-contained, and the steering wheel exhibits good precision with excellent feedback of the road surfaces. I was not sure if this was early but after reading about it, clutch replacement in a good quality car should be troublesome after 80K sometimes 100K. In fairness to Mazda, I don't know how the previous owner drove my car for the first 47,000 km and so it is possible that the clutch was abused. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder found the hatchback's brakes more impressive — though his came with larger discs, as do all trims with the 2. I don't think they checked anything besides oil levels. Summary The Mazda3 is known as an attractive, premium small car at a reasonable price, and the 2010 update only reinforces that hard-earned reputation. If I were in the market, it would be high on my list.
In short order, Mazda's Civic fighter tore the Civic a new one. Every original equipment tire has been rated by Mazda to be the best available for your specific model and driving needs. All fees and programming subject to change. Like others who have experienced this issue. If you're looking at 2009s definitely look at the 2010 before you buy. A rising beltline gives both the sedan and wagon more aggressive stances while high-profile front and rear lighting treatments impart a premium finish to the package. The Mazda 3 is an affordable car that offers a pleasant interior environment, sporty handling, and useful space.
It had 17300 miles when I bought it. It is time to return to my old faithfuls. At the end of its 40,000 miles, with Yokohama Avid S34 all-seasons reinstalled in place of its Michelin X-Ice Xi2 winter rubber, the car posted a 7. Designed for specific Mazda models, we ensure that they're the highest-quality brakes available. They're noticeable at all times and, over some surfaces, are downright loud.
Engineers matched its appearance with a strong powertrain. While there was never a formal recall, Mazda clearly has seen the issue quite a bit as they've updated the parts to correct and conceal the problem. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be. But here, too, our Mazda 3 has impressed, with overall fuel economy actually improving a tick to 25 mpg. I've driven it, and it packs a gratifying — and palpably stronger — amount of po. With the Tech and Bose package, this is probably the most feature filled small car out there.
It instills a sense of confidence I've never felt. The 2010 Mazda3 benefits from several architectural enhancements designed to make the structure stiffer. Bluetooth integration of my phone with the car was effortless, and the trip computer is easy to understand although the vehicle does come with a very extensive manual. But as I drove home, I noticed the trans shuddering and slipping on every gearshift. Beware, though: You'll sacrifice 2 - 4 mpg overall, depending on transmission.
Once I replaced them with some Yokohamas the ride was even more amazing than the initial test drives. Some may find the Mazda3's steering wheel too stiff to turn easily at low speeds. As such, I hope others will join with me in urging Mazda to do the right thing, and to issue a recall and just fix the problem. Both of its available transmissions have five gear ratios — the automatic gaining one since last year. In followup contact with dealer and their bogus attempt to blame it on me for bad driving habits I did get a parts manager to acknowledge that the probable source of the problem was inferior engineered Ford parts! Mazda 3i models come with a 148-horsepower, 2. Downsides are lack of rear legroom and. Walkaround The original Mazda3 was a sharp car.
I'm pleased the automaker didn't tinker with a good formula. I've had it for almost 3 weeks now, and you can't beat the peppiness of the engine combined with the fuel economy and the overall sporty feel of the vehicle at this price point, and all this with an automatic transmission. The cloth seats have supportive backrests, though there could be more shoulder support; the sport seats in 2. The Mazda3 is practical, with useful small items storage up front, as well as plenty of room for the front passengers. Dynamically, the Mazda 3 continues as the class benchmark, although the new 3 seems to understeer more resolutely than its predecessor, and overly aggressive throttle calibration makes smooth driving in the manual-transmission 3s a real challenge.