Add to this the fact that it offers handling almost unsurpassed in its class, and owners are very happy. Higher line models get a Multi-Information Display below the windshield that houses readouts for the vehicle information center, climate system, radio presets, and even the available navigation system. The Mazda3 hatchback offers a more usable 17 cubic feet behind the backseat, with 42. . A newly standard is the chief difference for the 2011 car, which you can compare with the 2010 Mazda3.
Steering is precise, allowing for quick darts from one lane to the next. A unique cluster of buttons on the steering wheel controls these functions. The Mazda3 is practical, with useful small items storage up front, as well as plenty of room for the front passengers. Click to stack them up. The Inside Cabin quality in the Mazda3 is competitive overall, though cars like the Cruze and Elantra have leapfrogged the class.
That's about even with the segment, which has proved reliable on the whole. The Mini Cooper S is more driftable, as go-fast hatches go. Wind noise is moderate, though the Mazda3 remains mostly unfazed by highway crosswinds. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. As you can see this one is cracked but the interior has no damage.
Ride Quality Ride quality marks the latest battleground among small cars, and the Chevrolet Cruze and Elantra are plowing through the competition. The popular Mazda3 remains unabashedly fun to drive, which should appeal to driving enthusiasts who want a practical car. With its sportier character, better looks, and more useful interior space, the hatch is our choice between the two body styles. The Mazda3's basic cloth seats offer decent lateral support but insufficient shoulder and thigh support, though sport seats improve matters in the 2. They offer forceful, pedal response, though our test car's were a bit too touchy when I lifted off to start moving again.
We found it provides adequate power for most needs. A newly standard is the chief difference for the 2011 car, which you can compare with the 2010 Mazda3. The Mazdaspeed3 has brakes, with larger front discs than the regular Mazda3. The back seat will fit two adults fairly comfortably, provided the front occupants aren't too tall. The CarGurus View The 2.
All gears plus revers are the same, it s. On the road, the Mazda 3 feels firm and composed, with moderate lean in turns. I am unable to put it in gear while the engine is switched on. Click to stack them up. In fact, given the stiffer suspension of the s trims, and the resultant lean and roll resistance, it can be said that the s trims give the best compromise of ride and handling. Both engines get an optional five-speed automatic, while 2. There are hard plastic materials, but most have been used in out-of-sight places, thankfully.
Enthusiasts still complain about long throws with the manual transmission, but neither the engine nor the manual are the only option. The major complaint here is with excess noise from the 2. The popular Mazda3 remains unabashedly fun to drive, which should appeal to driving enthusiasts who want a practical car. In reality, though, it's snug; the Civic, Kia Forte and Jetta easily trump it. It's optional in the sedan and standard in the hatchback. The navigation system has also been criticized for a dinky display that prevents cursory glances, but otherwise controls and gauges are quite convenient. The Mazda 3 is a premium car in a compact package.
In a field that's exposing also-rans at a torrid pace, the 2011 Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback still shine. Over time, I felt like I was sitting above everything: The cockpit doesn't wrap around you so much as it's arrayed before you. Armed with a new direct-injection four-cylinder, next year's Mazda3 should get. It's not the most refined, roomy or fuel-efficient choice, but Mazda still offers driving enthusiasts the most complete compact-car package. If you're looking to move away from intersections a bit more quickly, consider trading the 148- four-cylinder for the 167-hp four.
What Owners Think Owners are still waiting for Mazda to address a slightly uncivilized 2. Send Kelsey an Hide full review. Standard safety features include side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Such limitations preserve some backseat room, to be sure — and anyone sitting back there will need it. Safety Traction control and antiskid are now standard features for all trims, joining six standard airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, brake assist, and a tire pressure monitor. Trunk volume in the Mazda3 sedan is just 11.