The sporty and fuel-efficient 2007 Mazda3 is offered in three trim levels (Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring) and in two different body styles (a sedan and a sleek five-door hatchback).
Models designated "i" get a 148-horsepower, 2.0L four-cylinder engine, while "s" models get a 156-horsepower, 2.3L four-cylinder. California-emissions states get slightly detuned, partial zero emission vehicle (PZEV) versions of the engines making 144 horsepower and 151 horsepower respectively. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all models. An automatic transmission is optional on both--it's a four-speed on i models and a five-speed on s.
Sedans are available in either i or s trim, allowing a choice of either engine, but five-door hatchbacks come only in s trim. The 2.3L offers peppier performance with only slightly lower fuel economy; with the manual, the 2.0L gets 28 miles per gallon city, 35 highway while the 2.3L is rated at 26 city, 33 highway.
At the top of the line, there's also a high-performance Mazdaspeed3, which brings a 250-horsepower, turbocharged, direct-injection 2.3L four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, stability control, a limited-slip differential, a sport-tuned suspension with thick stabilizer bars, sport-tuned exhaust, and unique trim inside. Equal-length drive shafts and a smart electronic control of turbo boost help avoid the torque steer that sometimes accompanies high-power front-wheel drive cars.
Handling is a strong point for all Mazda3 s, with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link rear suspension. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and brake assist are standard on s models and optional on i models. Seat-mounted side air bags and roof-mounted curtain air bags are optional on all models, and stability control is optional on some s models, standard on others.
Sport models come with manual windows, locks, and mirrors, and lack standard air conditioning, though many other desirable features come standard, such as tilt steering, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, rear heater ducts, and a four-speaker CD audio system. Touring models bring much more equipment, including alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, stability control, side air bags, side curtain bags, an upgraded instrument panel, air conditioning, a six-speaker sound system, and power brakes, windows, and locks. Grand Touring models add keyless entry, cruise control, and several other features not usually seen on cars in this price class, such as xenon headlamps, heated sport seats, and electroluminescent gauges.
Fuel efficiency; handling; five-door body style; performance for the money (Mazdaspeed3).
For 2007, a high-performance Mazdaspeed3 joins the Mazda3 lineup.
On all variants, the body shell has been upgraded for 2007, with improved local rigidity for a stiffer, safer body and improved handling; the suspension has also been retuned for better stability. Also, audio systems have been upgraded with auxiliary input jacks, 12-volt power outlets are now standard, and new rear-seat armrests have integrated cupholders.
Also, minor changes to the sedan's trunklid and bumper trim allow easier opening and loading.
The 2007 Mazda3 is one of the most nimble, best-handling small cars, and the five-door models especially stand out among competing models for their sporty silhouette and hatchback convenience. And both the i and s models have impressive fuel economy. The Mazdaspeed3 is one of the most powerful front-wheel-drive cars available, and one of the fastest cars in its affordable price range.
Vehicle Price: 14,490.00
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