People say component sharing makes cars all the same but it's not so. The main thing that sets the 3 apart from its competition is the handling. Be prepared to spend some money on maintenance if you want to keep it nice and keep up with the rust! Looked at a Civic Si too, you can't compare the oprions, interior, exterior to the Mazda though. The rear windows roll all the way down past the sill, and even with our tester's moonroof, there's plenty of headroom. The steering column is crushable and the pedals are designed to retract away from the driver's feet. The seats are great, with adequate bolstering. There's acres of rear headroom and decent legroom with room for big feet to slide under the front seats.
Instead there was an empty tube that the paint dabbers were supposed to be in. Never seen a rattle can come out that smooth. The cupholders have a canal between them so other things such as a cellphone can be stored and easily reached there. This car looks, feels, and drives more expensive than it really is. Like it was done in the factory again. When it hit the market in early 2004 as a 2005 model, it became one the best small cars for the money, dethroning the then-aging Civic and kicking the Corolla down a notch on the benchmark pole. All hatchback Mazda3 Sports also get anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution as standard equipment.
The front seats are well bolstered, and the adjustable lumbar support kept our bottoms from going numb on those long jaunts. This car is great compromise for those who need practicality but would rather have a European style sports car. The paint was a perfect match! Mind it is not going to win a show, I am not a painter and it looks good. The taillights chase after the twentysomething sport-compact set. The back seats in the five-door hatchback are surprisingly roomy and supportive, even when relatively tall people are sitting in front. Everything south of that is one smooth and effective piece. Mazda3s models with the 2.
I anticipate the 2005 will not having any issues as it's the second model year. It's a fantastic car, though I wouldn't like it nearly as much without the sport package. This represents what Mazda is known for: innovation and the risk that comes with it. Handles like a go-kart, begs to be mod'ed but is fun even without it. Reader Eric Meyers wrote to let us know that there's hope. .
The five-door looks more aggressive, but a lot of utility with its hatchback design and folding rear seats. Of course, power-hungry staff members think a chassis as capable as this one deserves more juice under the hood we're happy to report a MazdaSpeed version is on its way. The Mazda3s is more powerful and better equipped. We like the versatile five-door. It is a pleasure to do business with you. The build felt very solid, as you didn't hear much exterior noise. It's especially nice that there's no chrome trim.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. Love the styling, quality and design, especially the cockpit which has held up very well and still has a premium feel. The Mazda3 can't carry as much cargo as a Toyota Matrix, but it's a lot more fun to drive. The three-spoke steering wheel, leather-wrapped in the 3s, feels great in the hands, and the control buttons cruise control, sound system have a positive feel. There's a tidy spoiler above the rear window. Model Lineup The four-door sedan is available with a choice of 2.
Primary Use: Commuting to work Mazda Love — my Mazda 3 is a great car and was worth every penny. Examples of this are found throughout the Mazda. The standard five-speed manual shifts beautifully, especially the upshifts, which were almost as smooth as an automatic, with no real driver effort. It's like a talent co-op. At the top of the instrument cluster are two buttons; the one on the left is the blackout button. At 1000 rpm it generates only 120 pound-feet, which climbs to 140 at 3000 and peaks at 150 at a relatively high 4500 rpm. But it is not an impossibility.
The block is aluminum, there's a cam chain rather than a belt, and the exhaust manifold is stainless steel. Unsurprisingly, because the editors are all incredible auto snobs, the Porsche won. It's responsive and deceptive, two qualities I typically like in a car-just not today. I am extremely pleased with how easy and how good it looks! The whole front bumper, including the air dam at the bottom with foglights in the corners, is impressively integrated. Black around the windows, body colored everywhere else. While other compacts soldier on with 1.
A lot of work went into the rigid unibody chassis. The sedan has a more average-size 11. The handling is the standout characteristic of this car, but the penalty for the firm dampers can be felt on bad roads. Mazda3 is a global car, sharing technology and components with the Volvo S40 and the European-market Ford Focus. The window switch for the driver is illuminated at night, a very useful feature.