2008 Mazda Mazda3  -  $14,530


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $14,530
Base Invoice: $13,657
Destination Charge: $635
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 24 | Hwy: 32
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 2.0L DOHC MPFI 16-valve I4 engine w/variable valve timing (VVT)

Model News

For 2008, the popular Mazda3 sees an important safety upgrade: standard on all s trim cars will be front seat side-impact air bags, as well as full-length side curtain air bags.

Superficial changes include new colors like Golden Sand, Copper Red, Stormy Blue, and Metropolitan Gray, while True Red is unique to the MAZDASPEED3. All five-door models feature a revised rear bumper, and Grand Touring models now have standard power seats. Coming later in 2008 will be a new trim level--i Touring Value, which replaces the i Touring. It will feature 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a color-keyed grille, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, and an anti-lock brake/air bags safety package.


Model Highlights

The sporty and fuel-efficient 2008 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, while an automatic transmission is optional on both--it's a four-speed on i models and a five-speed on s models.

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 24 miles per gallon city, 32 highway while the 2.3L is rated at 22 city, 29 highway.

At the top of the line is the high-performance MAZDASPEED3, which features a turbocharged 2.3L inline four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It delivers 263 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a potent 280 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. The car rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and also features 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 now standard on all s trim cars, and optional on i models. Stability control is optional on s Touring and s Grand Touring models.

Sport models in i trim 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. Sport models in s trim get power windows and locks, keyless entry, air conditioning, and cruise control.

Touring models in i trim feature keyless remote, dual power mirrors, air conditioning, power windows and locks with central locking. In s trim, the Touring offers anti-lock brakes, stability control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, a six-speaker sound system, halogen fog lamps, and side sill extensions.

Grand Touring models add automatic climate control, leather seats with front heating, a four-function trip computer, auto-leveling xenon headlights, clear-lens LED taillights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and several other features not usually seen on cars in this price class.

Popular options available across the Mazda3 line include an in-dash six-disc CD changer, remote starting, and Sirius satellite radio with a six-month subscription.


Pros

Fuel efficiency; sporty handling; flexible five-door body style; performance for the money (MAZDASPEED3).


Value Writeup

The 2008 Mazda3 is one of the most nimble, best-handling small cars on the market, and the five-door models especially stand out among competing models for their sporty silhouette and hatchback convenience. Both the i and s models have impressive fuel economy and the MAZDASPEED3 is one of the most powerful front-wheel-drive cars available, as well as one of the fastest cars in its affordable price range.


Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
32 MPG

Cruising Range - City
348.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
24 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
464.00 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4

Displacement
2.0L/122

Fuel System
MPFI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500

Trans Type
5

Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11

Total Cooling System Capacity
7.9 qts

EPA Classification
Compact

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
94.3 ft³

Front Head Room
39.1 in

Front Leg Room
41.1 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.9 in

Front Hip Room
53.8 in

Second Head Room
37.4 in

Second Leg Room
36.3 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.0 in

Second Hip Room
52.5 in

Wheelbase
103.9 in

Length, Overall
177.4 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.1 in

Height, Overall
57.7 in

Track Width, Front
60.2 in

Track Width, Rear
59.6 in

Min Ground Clearance
4.8 in

Trunk Volume
11.5 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2780 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
E-type Multi-link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15

Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15

Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15

Front Wheel Size
15 x 6.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 6.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
15 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Spare Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.1 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.9 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.4 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.5 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Roadside Assistance Years
3

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
36,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
09E011000

Mfg's Report Date
MAR 31, 2009

Component
EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected
2323

Summary
THULE, INC. IS RECALLING 2,323 OWNER-INSTALLED ROOF-MOUNTED FIT KITS, MODELS 3068 AND 3069, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2008 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2009 THAT ARE USED WITH THULE PODIUM FOOT PACKS, MODELS 460 AND 460R. THESE FIT KITS WERE SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE BOLT(S) USED TO SECURE THE FOOT TO THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED TO A HARDNESS THAT MAY CAUSE THE BOLT(S) TO BE BRITTLE AND POTENTIALLY BREAK UNDER STRESS.

Consequence
THIS MAY RESULT IN THE BOLT(S) SNAPPING OFF DURING USE OR WITHOUT A LOAD. THE UNSECURED RACK AND LOAD CAN THEN COME LOOSE WHILE DRIVING CREATING A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

THULE WILL MAIL A RETRO FIT KIT ALONG WITH REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS TO OWNERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THULE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-238-2388.

THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO THULE AFTERMARKET ROOF MOUNTED LOAD CARRIERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
10V374000

Mfg's Report Date
AUG 12, 2010

Component
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected
TBD

Summary
MAZDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 MAZDA3 AND MAZDA5 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 2, 2007 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2008. THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH A SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER STEERING ASSIST COULD OCCUR AT ANY TIME WHILE DRIVING THE VEHICLE.

Consequence
POWER STEERING ASSIST IS SUDDENLY LOST REDUCING THE DRIVER'S ABILITY TO STEER THE VEHICLE AS TYPICALLY EXPECTED, AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

DUE TO SHORT SUPPLY OF PARTS, THE FIRST PHASE OF MAILING OF OWNER NOTIFICATION LETTERS WILL BEGIN ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 AND THE SECOND PHASE MAILING WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER 2010 AND BE COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-222-5500.

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

2.0L DOHC MPFI 16-valve I4 engine w/variable valve timing (VVT)

Aluminum alloy engine block

5-speed manual transmission w/OD

Front wheel drive

Front independent MacPherson strut suspension w/coil springs

Rear independent E-type multi-link suspension w/coil springs

Front/rear stabilizer bars

P195/65HR15 all-season tires

T115/70D15 temporary spare tire

15" x 6.0" steel wheels w/full wheel covers

Electro-hydraulic pwr assist steering (EHPAS) system

Variable pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr front ventilated & rear solid disc brakes

Stainless steel exhaust-inc: manifold, main silencer, pipe, single outlet w/bright tip

Underhood insulator pad

Triple-H construction

Body-color front/rear bumpers w/(4) integrated rear bumper reflectors

Black roof molding

Body-color protective side moldings

Black urethane front grille insert & trim

Halogen headlights-inc: silver-color bezels, black housings

Body-color manual remote folding mirrors

2-speed variable-intermittent front windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

Body-color fuel door

Cloth seat trim

Reclining sport-type front bucket seats

60/40 split fold-down rear seat

Front/rear outboard adjustable headrests

Center console-inc: armrest lid/covered dual storage compartment, 12V auxiliary outlet

Dual front cupholders w/lids

Rear center armrest w/(2) cupholders

Full carpeting

Front/rear carpet floor mats

Urethane scuff plates

Driver foot rest

Tilt/telescopic steering column

3-spoke urethane steering wheel w/audio controls

Red nighttime illuminated gauges & controls

Black gauges w/white lettering

Instrumentation-inc: coolant temp gauge, speedometer, tachometer, (2) resettable trip odometers, outside temp

Tire pressure monitoring system

Warning lights-inc: brake system, high-beam on, turn signals on, hazard warning on, check engine, engine oil pressure, battery charge, defogger on, air bags, front seat belt pretensioner system, door ajar, low fuel

Remote releases-inc: fuel door, hood, trunk

Engine immobilizer anti-theft system

AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (4) speakers, automatic level control (ALC), digital clock, auxiliary audio input jack

Satellite radio compatible audio system (requires additional dealer-installed hardware)

Roof-mounted mast-type antenna

Rear heater ducts

Rear window defogger

Front side window demisters

Illuminated locking glove box

Cigarette lighter & ashtray w/illumination

Black gloss-type finish trim-inc: instrument panel insert, center console, steering switch bezel, pwr window switch panel

Cloth door trim-inc: front/rear bottle holders & front door pockets

Day/night rearview mirror

Molded cloth headliner

Dual vinyl-covered visors-inc: covered vanity mirrors, ticket holders

(3) passenger assist grips

Parking brake w/silver release button

(2) coat hooks

Lighting-inc: front map lights, dome light, ignition keyhole

Cargo area light

Full cargo area trim

Driver side front seatback pocket

Driver side storage bin

Trunk lid opener cancel system (trunk latch type)

Anti-lock brake system w/electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) & brake assist

Driver/front passenger advanced airbags (SRS)-inc: crash zone, drivers seat position, passenger weight sensors

Front seat belt pretensioners w/force limiters, height adjustable

3-point seat belts for all positions

Child safety rear door locks

Rear seat child safety seat lower anchors & upper tethers (LATCH)

Collapsible steering column

Crashable brake pedal

Front/rear side-impact door beams

Trunk entrapment release system

5-mph bumpers

Single-type horn

 
NATIONAL REGION
$0

 
ALASKA REGION
$45

 
FEDERAL EMISSIONS
$0

 
PZEV EMISSIONS EQUIPMENT
$0

 
SOLID PAINT
$0

 
ABS, FRONT SIDE-IMPACT AIRBAGS & FRONT/REAR SIDE AIR CURTAINS PKG
$395

 
AIR CONDITIONING
$880

 
IN-DASH 6-DISC CD/MP3 CHANGER
$500

 
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO
$430

 
DOOR EDGE GUARDS
$100

 
PEARL SATIN FUEL-FILLER DOOR
$100

 
FOG LIGHTS
$300

 
FRONT/REAR MUD GUARDS
$120

 
REAR LIP SPOILER
$325

 
REAR WING SPOILER
$375

 
CARGO MAT
$40

 
CARGO NET
$40

 
ALL-WEATHER FLOOR MATS
$78

 
ELECTROCHROMIC MIRROR W/COMPASS
$200

 
ELECTROCHROMIC MIRROR W/HOMELINK
$275

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