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2010 Mazda 3 i SV Review

 

Impish Runabout

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Mazda 3 i SV

In short: A stylish, nimble and affordable compact sedan.


A
grinning hood and a somewhat aggressively shaped body give the inexpensively priced 2010 Mazda 3 an impish demeanor, which matches this small five-passenger sedan’s potent engine and agile handling. The Mazda 3, also available as a five-door hatchback, comes in five different sedan trims, starting with the relatively basic i SV, i Sport and i Touring, and ending with the luxury-minded s Sport and s Grand Touring. The first three trims come standard with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission, while the s Sport and s Grand Touring come fitted with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission; a five-speed sport automatic is optional for all levels except the i SV.

The Mazda 3 i SV features reclining front bucket seats; powered outside mirrors; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; and four-speakers with a Sirius satellite-radio compatible AM/FM/CD audio system. Depending on the other car tiers, standard and optional features include a power-sliding moonroof; rain-sensing windshield wipers; steering wheel-mounted cruise controls; six speakers; in-dash six-disc CD/MP3-compatible changer; Bluetooth hands-free capability; dynamic stability control and traction control system; and rear spoiler.

Read a review of the 2010 Mazda 3 s Sport Hatchback

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile 24/7 roadside assistance.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $15,715

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT
Horsepower: 148 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 135 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,868 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 180.7/69.1/57.9 in
Turning circle: n/a

Brakes:
power-assisted disc with ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut in front; independent multi-link in rear; coil springs and stabilizer bars in front and rear

Traction: n/a

0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 117 mph (with a speed-limiter)

EPA City:
25 mpg
EPA Highway: 33 mpg

Safety:
triple-H body construction; tire pressure monitor system; advanced dual front airbags; dual front seat-mounted side-impact airbags; side-impact air curtains for the front and rear seats; collapsible steering column; side-impact door beams in front and rear

 

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