The standard transmission for cars with this engine is the six-speed manual, but a five-speed automatic is available. The standard transmission for cars with this engine is the six-speed manual, but a five-speed automatic is available. The 2011 Mazda3 is available as a four-door sedan or five-door wagon, and with a choice of a 148-hosepower, 2. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. The Tech Package navigation system with 4.
Historically, the Mazda3 has maintained slightly above-average residual values. To get the best deal, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers in your area are currently paying for the 2011 Mazda3. A Bose Centerpoint audio system packaged with the moonroof came also with Sirius satellite radio, making this an ideal version for the commuter who needs to be entertained and productive. The Mazda 3 received only minor facelifts over the next few years. We found the Mazda navigation screen is too small and not very user friendly. Electronic stability control is now standard across the line.
Mazda offers three drivetrains: two four-cylinders — each with a manual or automatic transmission — and a manual-only Mazdaspeed3 hatchback with a four-cylinder. Last year, these three sold nearly 700,000 compact cars combined in the U. The available Bose audio system, on the other hand, is worth every penny. New 2011 ratings for the model aren't yet out. Provided you're cruising you won't hear the engine much, but you'll hear tire noise and road coarseness at all times on the highway unless you have the sound system turned up.
Remedy Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat lifter links and install a reinforcement bracket to the lifter links, or replace the entire seat adjuster unit, free of charge. 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. Both figures are competitive among hatchbacks. 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. Super-Efficient catalytic converter All 2011 Mazda3s are fitted with a new, Mazda-patented catalytic converter that requires 70-percent less precious metal, but is even more effective at cleaning up exhaust gases. Following a complete remodel for 2010, the Mazda3 gains some new standard features.
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. This was quickly rectified when Mazda made six airbags standard. Model overview: The Mazda3 is powered by a choice of two different 4-cylinder engines. Both engines make slightly less power in California-emissions states. 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. All Mazda3 models were completely redesigned last year and got an amped-up personality—with more expressive sheetmetal, a new front-end appearance, and a smoother, more upgraded interior feel.
The Mazda 3 i Hatchback weighs a quoted 1314 kg at the kerb. Our Grand Touring trim's front seats provided plenty of thigh and lateral support and the overall feel inside the cabin is one of sophistication and attention to detail. The sportier 's' models come with the 2. Across all our cars, my 5-foot-11 frame could have used another inch or so of rearward adjustment range, like in too many cars in this class. The 2011 Mazda3 carries on that tradition with a wide selection of standard and optional features spread across the trims that should appease almost any sport compact customer, though some options aren't available on all trims. The federal government, under last year's less-stringent testing, rated the 2010 Mazda3 five stars for frontal impact and four and five stars for side impact.
Mazda offers three drivetrains: two four-cylinders — each with a manual or automatic transmission — and a manual-only Mazdaspeed3 hatchback with a four-cylinder. The s levels and both five-doors have the more potent 2. Savvy car buyers on a budget will definitely want to give the Mazda 3 a test drive. 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. Even the most basic trim offers color keyed mirrors and 16-inch wheels. No matter which model, handling is the Mazda3's key to delivering 'zoom-zoom' behind the wheel; the suspension tuning is athletic and firm, but compliant enough not to compromise ride comfort too much.
Background image courtesy of Thibaut Nagorny, via unsplash. Ride Quality Ride quality marks the latest battleground among small cars, and the Chevrolet Cruze and Elantra are plowing through the competition. Like the stick shift in the normally aspirated car, it has longish throws but a short, satisfyingly hefty shifter. The Elantra also stands out with higher safety as well as better fuel economy ratings. Sport models add air conditioning, while Touring trims add alloy wheels, Bluetooth, cruise control and a 6-speaker sound system, plus added trim and interior appointments.