In short: A sporty
and good-looking hatchback.
Mazda 323 “station wagon” put us all through
college and 120,000 miles later, with only oil changes
as a maintenance program, we acquired respect for the
reliability of the brand and later went on to purchase
an equally reliable and economical 626 hatchback.
Mazda 3 was a throw back in time and we simply fell in
love with the car all over again. At $16,895 MSRP we
think it’s a good value but when we added on the
leather seats, navigation system, moon roof, xenon headlights,
enhanced braking system and 6-CD-package, the bottom
line hit $22,154. Still, it’s a good deal, especially
if you factor in the trouble-free reputation.
so it won’t take pole position at any racetrack,
but it felt quite stable and sure-footed and delivers
consistent power. You get the five-door split-fold rear
seats for versatility and a very easy car to drive in
the city. An all-aluminum variable-valve-timing engine
propels you effortlessly on freeways. We certainly appreciated
the smooth gear box with short throws and the slightly
hard clutch reminding us of much pricier sports cars.
a review of the 2010 Mazda 3 i SV and the 2007 Mazdaspeed 3
4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with
24-hour roadside assistance.