2011 Mazda Mazda3  -  $16,595

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $16,595
Base Invoice: $15,596
Destination Charge: $795
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man i SV
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 28 | City: 25 | Hwy: 33
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man i SV
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 2.0L DOHC EFI 16-valve I4 engine


Sporty, attractive appearance; the stylish interior of a more expensive car; great steering and handling; 3i model's good fuel economy

Model News

Following a complete remodel for 2010, the Mazda3 gains some new standard features.

Stability control and power door locks are now standard on 3i SV and 3i Sport sedans, while hatchback and sedan 3s Sport models equipped with the automatic transmission can now be ordered with rain-sensing wipers, LED taillights and automatic, adaptive bi-xenon headlights. In the 3s Grand Touring, a 265-watt Bose sound system and 6-disc CD changer become standard, as does a power sunroof.

Value Writeup

The Mazda3's interior is reason alone to consider it. The Mazda3's appointments are like no other car in its class and feature Mazda's flair for details and materials that are fashionably different. The Mazda3 can be equipped either as a basic, economical sedan in 3i form, or as a sporty-feeling sedan or hatch in 3s trim. Base Mazda3 i models are a great value considering their low starting price, while top-of-the-line 3s Grand Touring models rival entry models from luxury brands and offer some exclusive tech features. Mazda says that the 3 is the first car in its class to offer Adaptive Front Lighting and self-leveling bi-xenon headlamps.

Model Highlights

The Mazda3 is powered by a choice of two different 4-cylinder engines. Base Mazda3 i models feature an economical 2.0-liter engine making 148 horsepower, while sportier Mazda3 s models get a 167-hp, 2.5-liter engine. Both engines make slightly less power in California-emissions states. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on 3i models, but sporty 3s models step up to a 6-speed manual. A 5-speed automatic is available with either engine. The 2.0-liter gets quite good fuel economy figures of 24 mpg city, 33 highway with the manual transmission, while the s model is rated at 21 city and 29 highway.

The Mazda3 is offered in two body styles--a 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback. It features an aggressively styled front end, with styling cues borrowed from the RX-8 sports car and a wedge-shaped silhouette. Yet the overall profile of the Mazda3 is more aerodynamic, with a coefficient of drag as low as 0.29.

Inside, the focus is on top-rate materials--such as leather upholstery, French-stitched seams and soft-touch surfaces-- more design flair than nearly every other small car. The Mazda3's cabin has a sliding armrest atop a center-console storage bin, as well as pewter-painted trim. Seats are more aggressively bolstered than is typical among affordable small cars, but sport-seat upper bolsters are optional for those wanting even more support in cornering.

The Mazda3 is one of the best-handling small cars, with front struts and rear monotube dampers, along with a multi-link setup in back configured for handling stability. The 3s models get big 17-inch wheels with V-rated tires. Across the lineup the rack-and-pinion steering has speed-dependent power assist and is one of the most tight and direct in feel.

Both models also get 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock and brake assist. Front side airbags and side-curtain airbags are on the standard-equipment list, along with active head restraints. Electronic stability control is now standard across the line.

As a sedan, the Mazda3 i is offered in SV, Sport, and Touring trims and the 3s is offered as a Sport or Grand Touring. Base SV models come with power windows and locks, tilt/telescopic steering-wheel adjustment and a 4-speaker CD/MP3 sound system, but air conditioning isn't available. Sport models add air conditioning, while Touring trims add alloy wheels, Bluetooth, cruise control and a 6-speaker sound system, plus added trim and interior appointments. Cars equipped with the automatic transmission can be outfitted with rain-sensing wipers, LED taillights and automatic, adaptive bi-xenon headlights.

Top of the line Grand Touring models bring leather heated seats, LED tail lamps and an Adaptive Front Lighting System, which can swivel the lights up to 15 degrees to help illuminate around corners; the system also includes self-leveling bi-xenon lamps. A 265-watt Bose sound system and 6-disc CD changer are also standard, along with a power sunroof.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
33 MPG

Cruising Range - City
362.50 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
25 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
28 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
478.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
7.9 qts

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
94.1 ft³

Front Head Room
38.9 in

Front Leg Room
42.0 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.9 in

Front Hip Room
53.7 in

Second Head Room
37.5 in

Second Leg Room
36.2 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.0 in

Second Hip Room
52.2 in

103.9 in

Length, Overall
180.7 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.1 in

Height, Overall
57.9 in

Track Width, Front
60.4 in

Track Width, Rear
59.8 in

Min Ground Clearance
4.7 in

Trunk Volume
11.8 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2859 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

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

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

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Spare Wheel Size
15 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.2 ft

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall
35.8 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

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

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. 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.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Due to the intrusion of the rear door during the side impact barrier test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing high resultant lower spine acceleration of 84 g's. High resultant lower spine accelerations, in excess of 82 g's, have a higher likelihood of thoracic injury.

2.0L DOHC EFI 16-valve I4 engine -inc: variable valve timing (VVT)

Aluminum alloy engine block

Black urethane engine cover

5-speed manual transmission w/OD

Front wheel drive

Distributor-less ignition

100-amp alternator

Front independent MacPherson strut suspension w/coil springs

Rear independent multi-link suspension w/coil springs

Front/rear stabilizer bars

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

Underhood insulator pad

16" x 6.5" steel wheels w/full wheel covers

P205/55HR16 all-season tires

T115/70D15 temporary spare tire

Body-color front/rear bumpers

Black roof molding

Sport-type matte grille insert & trim

Halogen headlights

Multi-reflector taillights

Body-color manual-folding pwr mirrors

2-speed variable-intermittent front windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

Body-color fuel door

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (4) speakers, automatic level control (ALC), digital clock, aux audio input jack

Satellite radio prewire *Requires additional dealer-installed hardware*

Integrated rear window antenna

Cloth seat trim

Reclining front bucket seats

60/40 split fold-down rear seat

Front/rear outboard adjustable headrests

Center console w/covered storage compartments

(2) 12-volt pwr outlets

Dual front cupholders w/lids

Full carpeting

Front/rear carpet floor mats

Driver foot rest

Tilt/telescopic steering column

3-spoke urethane steering wheel w/audio controls

Black gauges -inc: white lettering, red nighttime illumination

Gauges & controls illumination w/dial-type dimming control

Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, (2) resettable trip odometers

Warning lamps -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, low coolant temp, ABS system, cruise control on, tire pressure monitoring system

Pwr windows w/driver side 1-touch up/down feature

Pwr door locks -inc: 2-stage unlocking, central locking, speed & transmission sensitive auto door lock

Remote releases -inc: fuel door, hood, trunk

Engine immobilizer anti-theft system

Rear heater ducts

Rear window defogger

Front side window demisters

Illuminated glove box

Cigarette lighter

Silver center console panel

Black steering wheel switch bezel

Black driver & passenger side decoration panels & door handles

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

Gray molded cloth headliner

Dual vinyl-covered visors -inc: covered vanity mirrors

(3) passenger assist grips

Black urethane shift knob

(2) coat hooks

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

Cargo area light

Full cargo area trim

Passenger side 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

Dynamic stability control (DSC) w/traction control system (TCS)

Front/rear side-impact door beams

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

Front seat mounted driver/front passenger side-impact air bags (SRS)

Front/rear side curtain air bags

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

Whiplash-reducing active front headrests

Trunk entrapment release system

Tire pressure monitoring system

Triple-H construction
















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