With the crash tests, the problem isn't the results, it's the lack thereof. Got my coe on the 1st bid. Going upslope on this car can be a tad frustrating and you can actually hear the engine strain and run out of juice Pricing is a tad at current levels but looks of the car will last a long time to come. Front-seat occupants will find head- and legroom generous, although the passenger's seat does not offer adjustment for either lumbar support or height. Mazda significantly improves the safety of the Mazda 3 by making side and curtain airbags standard. Side air bags available from 2000. Sadly, heated exterior mirrors are still not available.
We particularly like the styling and practicality of the five-door version, which only comes as an s model. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. If the engine vibration is felt with the shifter in Drive, the is could be bad, although it's not very expensive. The new display screen is a good idea and it is loaded with information, but. By way of illustration, the Mazda3 stands in contrast to the approach Chevrolet took with the Cobalt, which made its debut a year after the Mazda3, in 2005. Review Had wanted to buy a new car then, test drove a Cerato Forte and found it underpowered.
Tested a 3 and found it more powerful than a cerato. Perhaps it's the Mazda3's liberal use of piano-black trim, especially on the Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Mazdaspeed trim levels. To me this was the main selling point, in terms of looks it beats the boring 2012 civic and altis hands down. I have a short shifter and a new suspension installed that made driving much more fun. Show full review The first-generation Mazda3's viability shows automakers that this is how you do it: Come out with a car that's so competitive when it's new that it's still a good choice years down the line.
Backseat legroom is quite good for the class, but you won't mistake the Mazda3 for a midsize car. My only peeve with this car came exactly a week after I got it - a recall came out for a power steering issue, and my car started exhibiting the symptoms the very next day; it lost power steering as I was trying to park at the curb. I have a short shifter and a new suspension installed that made driving much more fun. But the new Mazda 3 looks set to change that. What I like Engine: Very quiet went driving on the road.
After a few hours of driving early preproduction samples around Southern California, we think mission accomplished. Cruise control was optional, but there was no sat nav, rear parking sensors, reversing camera, park assist, sunroof, or touch screen offered, and being before the digital revolution got going there was no Bluetooth to connect your iPhone or Android device. Sportier and more fun to drive than most of its competition, the Mazda 3 is also practical and refined. Gloss is bad on most surfaces, but this lacquer look is rich. The five-door also dons sporty body add-ons, 17-inch wheels, and fog lamps. The airbags are now standard, but all we know is that the car's score without them is Poor. The sedan's trunk holds 14.
Before Mazda I own Toyota and Honda cars. The prev model is mine and the new model 1. After I bought the car, I was utterly disappointed. I read alot of reviews on pickup being slow, but i actually find it pretty responsive. The smaller engine, a 2. Handling is great, if slightly numb. Primary Use: Commuting to work.
A leaking strut or shock absorber needs to be replaced. The Mazda 3 also handles particularly well, and has great dynamics even on poorly surfaced roads. Build quality is good, squeaks come from suspension during cold months below -10. This Is A Sporty, Affordable, Fun To Drive Car. Rust around the rear wheel wells is common. Love the exterior look, the smily face has been toned down with a more sporty front bumber. The Altima, alone, still fits in sports clothes.
And in many ways, a lot better. A couple of year later, the price dropped like mad. Side and curtain airbags are now standard on the Mazda 3, but electronic stability control is still limited to top trims. Suffix i models have a much-revised four of 2. But is all this enough to dethrone the Focus? The s four-door sedan and five-door hatchback include a 2. Slack has been zeroed out of brake-pedal motion. Now that side bags are standard across the line, results should be better.
I took it in, and had the power steering pump replaced, in accordance with the recall, and there hasn't been a problem since. It was the start of a new and golden era for the Hiroshima-headquartered company. The rear shocks wore out early, the front shocks are probably gone, too. Telescopic steering wheel comes very handy if you have more than 1 driver. Let alone a Avante which will change model in the near future.
The first-generation Mazda3's viability shows automakers that this is how you do it: Come out with a car that's so competitive when it's new that it's still a good choice years down the line. Cost of Ownership - 25-27mpg avg. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. Appearance and styling, great interior and enjoy understated looks. In all iterations, the platform is solid, offers good interior space, and features a relatively sophisticated suspension. See if the struts and shock absorbers look dry. The interior design, materials, and appointments are a cut above its segment.