The Mazda3 sedan measures out to 94. Grand Touring models add keyless entry, cruise control, and several other features not usually seen on cars in this price class, such as xenon headlamps, heated sport seats, and electroluminescent gauges. For s-models, a brushed aluminum surface lends some drama to the dashboard, as does the use of using red-orange electro-luminescent numerals with blue-tinted dials for the instruments. Demand for the Mazda3 remains high, so you'll need to be on your toes when negotiating the best price. The exterior is quite striking but comes with a not-so-impressive interior.
High body rigidity and Specially Tuned Chassis Based on the Mazda3 5-Door, the MazdaSpeed3 version is added local reinforcements that produce a body sufficiently stiff to stand up to the demands of 250-plus horsepower. Electronic stability control and traction control are available on uplevel models. Several features have increased the body rigidity: a reinforced front crawl member that is joined directly to a plate in the top section of the front shock mount, assuring the same rigidity as a car fitted with strut tower bars. Also new for 2007 is an iPod-friendly auxiliary input jack for the audio system including a 12-volt power outlet. For 2007, traction control and stability control are available for s-models. Both models are wildly popular with drivers young and old, poking a big hole in the commonly-held belief that Americans won't buy hatchbacks.
New for 2007 is the use of a body-color grille surround plus a new front bumper with square fog lights for both the s-model sedan and hatchback. Safety features that come on all Mazda3 models include front airbags and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Big thwacks get eaten by the stiff skeleton and excreted as much smaller vibrations. The entry-level i-model is available with a fuel-efficient, 148-hp 2. The 3 has a competent chassis, one that gives you an enjoyable ride since the engine does not have to work so hard to push it around. For all 2007 3s, Mazda has also relocated the front tie-rod links and rear toe-control mounts on the knuckles to wake up the steering even more in corners.
We've been fired up by new Mazdas before, only to be disappointed. This is a premium automobile, exciting to drive, styled adventurously, and fully equipped with luxury features. Both the MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension have higher spring rats and larger diameter stabilizer bars than the standard Mazda3. For 2007, rear-seat armrests with integrated cupholders have been added for both the sedan and five door. Model Lineup The Mazda3 sedan comes with three levels of available equipment: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Departing the track, we drove the Mazdaspeed 3 over 600 miles through California hill country and down lumpy expressways. .
The line forms behind me! The quality of material used to make the dash top is moderate but appears tacky. A five-speed automatic transmission is optional. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. Interior Features When it comes to compact cars, the game is all about space efficiency. There are a couple of ordinary-looking instruments and a sizeable compulsory color screen at the center console. This will be the first time that two MazdaSpeed branded vehicles will be sold in North America at the same time. Zero to 60 times does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the Mazda 0-60 mph times.
Power and Handling Designed to deliver high performance at all speeds the car is equipped with a turbocharged and intercooled 2. While the data are estimates, they'll help you to make the right comparisons. Its fuel economy ranks high amongst other leading sedans. And all versions with the 2. The Mazda3 affords plenty of practical space, notably a cavernous glovebox.
Calls to Mazda yielded tips: Pop the clutch at 2900 rpm, upshift at 6000 — redline is 6700 — and flat-shift through second and third which means don't lift at all — the mechanical equivalent of dropping a Steinway on the clutch and half-shafts and violating our test procedure. Air conditioning, power windows and door locks, and an upgraded audio system are standard. Or they deflated when the driver, trying to stanch the wheelspin, inadvertently cued the waste gate. For 2007, Mazda has upgraded the appearance of its s-model sedan and s-model five-door hatchback with a body-color grille, a redesigned front bumper with square foglights, and a new look for both the 16- and 17-inch, cast-aluminum wheels. The 3 offers a comfortable, roll-free and stable drive even at the sharpest of corners. Engineered aerodynamics Special attention was paid to achieve aerodynamic performance that supports stable straight running, lane changing and overtaking at high speeds.
All models are front-wheel drive. Detail changes also improve interior appearance, and leather is now optional for all s-models, both sedan and five-door hatchback. A true high-performance car featuring a 263-hp, turbocharged, 2. The steering is quick, accurate and well-weighted. Mazda 3 Five-Door s Touring The Mazda 3 five-Door s Touring comes standard with a 2. Power mirrors, windows, and door locks are all standard.