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2010 Mazda3 sedan test drive

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User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)

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2010 Mazda3 engine

3s models are powered by this big 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine from the Mazda6; 3i models get the 2.0 liter engine from last year's 3

Photo © Aaron Gold

What I liked about the Mazda3:

  • Lots of fun to drive
  • Beautiful interior design
  • Lots of available creature comforts

What I didn't like:

  • Electronic stability control isn't offered in the two cheapest models
  • Awkward styling

Who should buy the Mazda3:
Buyers looking for an upscale small car and those who want something that offers a jazzier driving experience than a Civic or a Corolla

Who should not buy the Mazda3:
Those who want best-in-class rear seat space or trunk room

Details and specs:

  • Body style: 4-door sedan
  • Seating capacity: 5
  • Trim levels: i Special Value, i Sport, i Touring, s Sport, s Grand Touring
  • Price range (including destination and options): $15,715 - $25,560
  • Base engine: 2.0 liter inline 4-cylnder, 148 hp @ 6,500 RPM, 135 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
  • Optional engines: 2.0 liter PZEV-compliant 4-cylinder, 144 hp @ 6,500 RPM, 132 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM; 2.5 liter inline 4-cylinder, 168 hp @ 6,000 RPM, 168 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM; 2.5 liter PZEV-compliant 4-cylinder, 165 hp @ 6,000 RPM, 167 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
  • Premium fuel required? No
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual (2.0), 6-speed manual (2.5), 5-speed automatic
  • Driveline: Front engine, front-wheel-drive
  • EPA fuel economy estimates: 25 MPG city/33 MPG highway (2.0 manual), 24/33 (2.0 automatic), 21/29 (2.5 manual), 22/29 (2.5 automatic)
  • Where built: Japan
  • Standard safety equipment: Front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags, two-row side curtain airbags, antilock brakes
  • Optional safety equipment: Electronic stability control
  • Major standard features: Power windows and mirrors, AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack
  • Major options: Air conditioning, power door locks, keyless entry and ignition, sunroof, heated leather seats, power-adjustable driver's seat, rain-sensing wipers, active headlights, navigation system, upgraded stereo
  • Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, 5 years/60,000 miles powertrain, 5 years/unlimited mileage outer-body rust-through
  • Roadside assistance/free maintenance: 3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance

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This test drive was conducted at a manufacturer-organized press event. Accommodations, meals, test vehicles and fuel were provided by Mazda.

User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
The Looks Aren't There, Member MSPEED309

I was recently called by my Mazda dealer to come test drive the new 2010 3i because our salesman knows how much I love my '09 SPEED3. My wife and I are looking for a new car to replace her '98 Pontiac Sunfire. While my wife loved driving the new 3 she had one opinion about the car and that it is ugly. Keep in mind she drives a Pontiac Sunfire. She loved the way the new 3 handles. She loved the performance. She loved how easy it was to find a comfortable driving position but, the dash board layout and exterior she just found plain ugly. Sorry Mazda, but you should have gone for a cleaner look like the original 3 and not something that looks so tacked together. As a buyer if you can get past the looks of this car you'll find it's just as fun to drive as the first gen 3's with more miles per gallon too.

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