Had two other people contacte me to look at another car. When examples of both arrived at our office, both equipped with five-speed automatics, we were curious to find the differences that create that create such a gap. Remedy Mazda dealers will replace the both lift gate supports, free of charge, however parts are not currently available. The steering is sharp and precise, and the brakes provide a linear pedal feel. 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. Gas mileage is great too!!! Quite impressive for a large, fairly powerful four-cylinder engine.
Otherwise there's a lot to like in the rest of the design, which is neat and tidy—it's a handsome, upscale look with some sportscar wedge to its profile. A unique cluster of buttons on the steering wheel controls these functions. The recall began April 7, 2017. Inside, the cockpit is sophisticated and plush, with refined shapes and expansive pieces of black and toned plastic The entry-level 2011 Mazda Mazda3 'i' is equipped with a 148-horsepower, 2. Take an up-close look around the interior, and the execution starts to fall apart a bit in the details.
The available Bose Centerpoint system sounds excellent, too—just right and not too bass-heavy. Both figures are competitive among hatchbacks. 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. Exterior - for an economy priced hatch, I think this car looks nice. Make that an engine swap, too. The Mazda3 is practical, with useful small items storage up front, as well as plenty of room for the front passengers. There's plenty of legroom in front, but there's one caution for taller folks: with a sunroof, the Mazda3 has compromised headroom that might get in the way for anyone over six feet or so.
But even in economy-minding mode, the Touring remains one of our favorite drivers in the segment. Reviewers said that even the base model is fun to drive, especially with a manual transmission. Six standard airbags are standard for all trims, along with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, brake assist, a theft-deterrent system, and a tire-pressure monitor. It has wonderful pick up and all around zip. But the chassis is so good, in a segment relative kind of way, that it highlights, with big bold yellow strokes, the lack of grip in the Bridgestone Turanzas. Click for a full list of features, or to see our evaluation of child-safety seating provisions in the hatchback.
The Mazdaspeed3 has brakes, with larger front discs than the regular Mazda3. That money buys a wealth of features, including a power moonroof, heated leather seats, and dual zone climate control, amongst others. Dual front, front-side, and curtain-side airbags, a theft-deterrent system, and a tire pressure monitor provide additional safety. Mazda3 comes as a four-door sedan or four-door hatchback. At low speeds, our 2. The overall value is a huge win for Mazda.
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. We're talking about driver engagement -- the steering, the seat position, and how the shifter falls neatly in your hand. Driving comfort is pretty good; it is a nice mix of quiet and comfortable, but still feels sporty with the nice handling. Mazda offers three drivetrains: two four-cylinders — each with a manual or automatic transmission — and a manual-only Mazdaspeed3 hatchback with a four-cylinder. I also drove the Mazdaspeed3 which is turbocharged and lightning fast, but that was too costly and requires premium gas. What the Mazda3 does well is handling. Interior - is really nicely appointed, and for a car of this price has a lot of great features.
It packs a gratifying — and palpably stronger — amount of acceleration, thanks in large part to 33 extra pounds-feet of. Though it's down 19 horsepower from the 167-hp, 2. Currently the Mazda Mazda3 has a score of 8. It is very fun and peppy and I like the styling of the controls better, but it is just way too small to put anyone in the back. Click to stack them up.
Steering is precise, allowing for quick darts from one lane to the next. Idk if they even listen or what. One of its most significant drawbacks to the Mazda3 is cabin noise. In the Grand Touring trim, it came with decent looking alloy wheels. The suspension deals well with most bumps, though large ruts can pound through with the available 17-inch wheels. The Grand Touring makes the most sense if you can afford its payoffs, and if in-dash navigation is a necessity, while the Touring, with its fuel economy and good value, is the budget-minded offering that's a mere tire swap away from greatness.
These cars are an unbeatable value if you like driving, some style, and not spending a lot of money. It's very well-tuned, firm, but not too hard, and the steering is about perfect—never overboosted and with good feedback in tight corners. At low speeds, however, the ride is quite choppy. The other controls are mounted high on the dash's center stack, and are also easy to see and use. The Inside Cabin quality in the Mazda3 is competitive overall, though cars like the Cruze and Elantra have leapfrogged the class. The engineers seem to have made the new car more resilient, yet suspension and road noise sometimes overwhelms the cabin.
The larger engine gets a six-speed manual transmission as standard and the same optional five-speed automatic as the base car. I shopped around and looked at the Civic engine a bit weak , Cruze not bad, 2nd choice , Jetta cheap interior, engine feels like it was sourced from a farm tractor and Elantra long term durability. Number two: Avoid the lighter-colored interiors; they're the sort that nobody outside the luxury realm does well, and here they serve to emphasize differences in tint and graining. The seats are firm and nicely bolstered. The base engine does a competent job of producing commute-worthy power, and with the five-speed automatic, it's reasonably swift for lane changes and highway passes. A few more have joined the ranks recently, but the Mazda3 remains at the head.