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. Handling Ever since its late-2003 launch, the Mazda3 has held platinum membership in the fun-to-drive-econobox club — a group that has included, at times, only a handful of peers: the Ford Focus, the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Jetta. Finally, for bang for your buck this car is a winner. Though if you ask me, it makes driving the car that much more fun. However, many are still unsure of the Speed version of the Mazda3 as a viable daily driver, pointing out… It is just as easy to get a speeding ticket in this Mazdaspeed3 as it was in the last one, as evidenced by the, uh, paperwork handed over to some staff members in the last few months. The only complaint I have is the transmission and motor mounts.
The engineers seem to have made the new car more resilient, yet suspension and road noise sometimes overwhelms the cabin. I actually look forward to my commute now! Sure, they all have their strong points, but I was looking for performance, style, and an interior that was pleasing. If there's one aspect that's a little disappointing, it's the 2011 Mazda3's fuel economy. So far I have had my read motor mount and front motor mounts replaced. I am currently trying to hypermile my Speed3 and I'm getting around 26. The 2011 Mazda3 is available as a four-door sedan or five-door wagon, and with a choice of a 148-hosepower, 2. The Mazda3 hatchback offers a more usable 17 cubic feet behind the backseat, with 42.
I was sold almost immediately. Currently the Mazda Mazda3 has a score of 8. Easy to read analog gauges are housed in a hooded area directly in front of the driver, while the audio and other controls reside just to the driver's right. A newly standard electronic stability system is the chief difference for the 2011 car. Vehicle Details Mazda's Human Machine interface philosophy was used to create a three-zone driving environment designed to help the driver remain focused on the road while still enjoying all the benefits the 2011 Mazda3 has to offer. Send Kelsey an Hide full review. Powertrain details are thin on the ground, but we doubt the current 2.
Mazda makes cars fun and this just that! Standard safety features include side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. The burst thrusts the car forward and kicks the tachometer needle to its 6,700-rpm redline at breakneck speed. But as a more practical member of the performance car segment, the…. As my daily driver, it isn't hard to live with averaging 26mpg if you stay out of the boost and even though it encourages more spirited driving, the worst I've got was 21mpg. When you're walking up to the car loaded with bags and your keys in your pocket you no longer have to fish them out. Or were they economy cars, the ones with 15-inch wheels shod in R-compound rubber for weekend autocross duties, the… Complaints of torque steer aside, the Mazdaspeed3 has proved a highly likeable part of the long-term fleet. A known issue by Mazda.
It does tend to boom and whir more than you might like, though. One of our only gripes with the Mazdaspeed 3 is its propensity for torque steer, a trait we'd love to see mitigated by all-wheel drive in the new car. The five-door versions come only with the 168-horsepower engine. Mazda3 s models have a larger four-cylinder engine that delivers even more power, while the Mazdaspeed3 has a turbocharged engine that has a surprising amount of performance. Click to stack them up. Number two: Avoid the lighter-colored interiors; they're the sort that nobody outside the luxury realm does well, and here they serve to emphasize differences in tint and graining. A few more have joined the ranks recently, but the Mazda3 remains at the head.
The 2011 Mazda3 carries on that tradition with a wide selection of standard and optional features spread across the trims that should appease almost any sport compact customer, though some options aren't available on all trims. Ford announced today that buyers shopping the Fiesta and Focus models are buying the hatchback models at increasing rates, a trend that could be extending to the rest of the industry. The issue is that the motor has too much power for the stock mounts. The car in question was a Japanese-specification hatchback badged Mazda Axela for… Corolla, Civic, Focus. It's a blast to drive! If you can find one, get it! Take an up-close look around the interior, and the execution starts to fall apart a bit in the details. The five-door wagon's two trim levels are Sport and Grand Touring.
The Mazda3 comes in two body styles: a five-door hatchback, and a less expensive four-door sedan. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. The new interior look that was introduced last year in the Mazda3 is also a little smoother and classier in shape than the previous layout—incorporating a sloped center stack and, atop the middle of the dash, one screen for a trip computer or nav system on upper trims and one for the climate control. Plus it would be hard to keep clean. The interior is a bit chintzy but the styling of the car is both impressive and dominating. I will go back for my next car! The Civic has good gas mileage and a quality interior, which are qualities that helped it earn the U.
Just push the button on the door and you're in. The s levels and both five-doors have the more potent 2. The more powerful s models Sport and Grand Touring have a 168-horsepower 2. In either of its forms, the Mazda3 feels best engaged from about 45 mph to 75 mph, the perfect working powerband for commuter traffic. While there are a couple of things that need to be tweaked, my expectations have been exceeded by this cute little sleeper. It's a common refrain: carmakers have to balance out look and feel with the cost of the cabin, and the Mazda3 balances the two better than most, but some color choices accent the grainier plastics. The popular Mazda3 remains unabashedly fun to drive, which should appeal to driving enthusiasts who want a practical car.
The same can be said for the racy alloy wheels, curvaceous sheet metal and bold colors. No complaints with my purchase. Inside, the cockpit is more sophisticated and plusher than before, with refined curves and expansive pieces of black and toned plastic, some of which looks less pleasing than other bits. The seats are firm but comfortable for me, I can't say if you were 6'2 or so they might not agree. One of its most significant drawbacks to the Mazda3 is cabin noise. With either of the engines, you get a touchy, aggressively calibrated throttle pedal that comes across as gimmicky, making the Mazda3 initially feel more macho than it is. Remedy Mazda dealers will replace the both lift gate supports, free of charge, however parts are not currently available.