Still, the windshield and dash slope far forward, giving you a sense of roominess that's similar to the Civic. 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. Whether it's the somewhat low gearing of the Mazda3, or its abrupt throttle, a car of this size and relatively light weight should be doing better. 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 top-of-the-line 2011 Mazda3 Grand Touring includes bi-xenon adaptive lighting; a three-position memory function has been added to cars equipped with power seats; and features like rain-sensing wipers, a ten-speaker Bose surround-sound system, Bluetooth connectivity for cell phones and portable media players, a dock for iPods, and Sirius Satellite Radio are all on offer.
Last year, these three sold nearly 700,000 compact cars combined in the U. It's not the most refined, roomy or fuel-efficient choice, but Mazda still offers driving enthusiasts the most complete compact-car package. 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. From woofers mounted in the front side panels to the positioning of high-range speakers, engineers studied every detail of how sound interacts with its environment to achieve an auditory experience unlike anything ever felt in a Mazda. Regardless of body style, the car's 34. Fold the backseats down, and they form a low, flat floor large enough in hatchbacks to swallow a small piece of furniture.
Readouts for the audio and climate controls are up high, however changing the climate controls still involves looking far downward; furthermore, the readouts, with one trip-computer screen and another climate-control screen—one in a grey-white and the other in an orange-red, with completely different fonts—leaves something to be desired, aesthetically and functionally. Such limitations preserve some backseat room, to be sure — and anyone sitting back there will need it. There isn't much of a difference in performance—or many other vivid distinctions—between the two four-cylinder engines that are offered on the 2011 Mazda3 is offered with one of two different four-cylinder engines, and there isn't that much of a difference between the two, but the hatchback is only offered with the larger of the two. The Mazda3 is powered by a choice of two different 4-cylinder engines. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and a 12-speaker Bose stereo system are all optional. At our test track, a Mazda 3 sedan with an automatic transmission zipped to 60 mph in 7.
Click to stack them up. The Mazda3 comes in two body styles: a five-door hatchback, and a less expensive four-door sedan. The cloth-covered interior sports front bucket seats and a split-folding rear, with a center console between the buckets. Mazda sent an interim notifications to owners November 2016 and will mail a second notice when remedy parts are available. Again : First Gear Ratio :1 : 3. Of course, the manual gearbox is a more entertaining partner—with a nice, short linkage and straightforward clutch engagement.
Since the Mazda3 was redesigned a year ago, we've driven all three engines. Two other recommendations can be avoided by selecting or not selecting particular options. The Mazda3 sedan also has less trunk space than its competitors, but the hatchback model has a competitive amount of space. The popular Mazda3 remains unabashedly fun to drive, which should appeal to driving enthusiasts who want a practical car. While the Mazda3 is more fun to drive than a number of competitors, there is a trade-off when it comes to fuel economy. Base Mazda3 i models are a great value considering their low. As expected, there's more gusto off the line: The Grand Touring reaches 60 mph in 8.
Not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. 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. Mazda3 in the Market A bumper crop of new competitors — among which the Elantra looks — are making at least one recently redesigned car seem outdated, but not the Mazda3. Poised and dignified, it beckons to be driven. The flared fenders and character lines of the 2011 Mazda3 altogether bring a more aggressive, distinctive look to the car, up close, but it was the front-end design that caught some criticism for looking a little too much like a wide-mouthed grin.
Trunk volume in the Mazda3 sedan is just 11. 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. It is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. . Take an up-close look around the interior, and the execution starts to fall apart a bit in the details. Initially, the 3 s comes only with a six-speed automatic transmission; a six-speed manual will be available later in production.
Manual, when read cover cover, can do that many ways, manual to best explain how enjoy your, find out about features, important. 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. Reliability for the second-generation Mazda3 has been above average. Click for a full list of features, or to see our evaluation of child-safety seating provisions in the hatchback. The Mazda3's cabin has a sliding armrest atop a center-console storage bin, as well as pewter-painted trim. The Mazda3's appointments are like no other car in its class and feature Mazda's flair for details and materials that are fashionably different.
Wind noise is moderate, though the Mazda3 remains mostly unfazed by highway crosswinds. A newly standard is the chief difference for the 2011 car, which you can compare with the 2010 Mazda3. The previous version was criticized for a stiff and noisy ride at times. At our test track, a Mazda 3 sedan with an automatic transmission zipped to 60 mph in 7. Navigation system if equipped Refer separate manual, hazard warning flasher switch page 5-71, remote fuel-filler lid release page 3-48, front Seats Manually Operated Seats 2-2. A five-speed manual and five-speed shiftable automatic are both available, but with the inclusion of traction control and an antiskid system for all trims this year, the actual value of the i Touring drops a bit in 2011.