The bottom line then is that the salesperson and customer do not trust each other. It makes 160 horsepower, but it is, after all, an atmospherically aspirated not turbocharged four-cylinder, so there's not a ton of torque at low rpm. The standard five-speed manual shifts beautifully, especially the upshifts, which were almost as smooth as an automatic, with no real driver effort. When it hit the market in early 2004 as a 2005 model, it became one the best small cars for the money, dethroning the then-aging Civic and kicking the Corolla down a notch on the benchmark pole. Mazda's trademark wedge grille has horizontal bars on the 3s, plain black mesh on the 3i. The five-door looks more aggressive, but a lot of utility with its hatchback design and folding rear seats. The back seat is a little small, so do watch out for that! At all four corners, the wheelwells fit tightly around the tires; there used to be a rule at Mazda that there had to be enough of a wheelwell gap to install tire chains without removing the tire, which the stylists hated and finally defeated with the Mazda3.
Although the back seat is best for two passengers, three bodies fit fine there for short trips. Everyone who gets in my car asks me about it and wants one. The styling inside and out is wonderful. Never seen a rattle can come out that smooth. With less weight, the i has a better power to weight ratio than the s. Redline is 6500 rpm, but the engine is happy zooming to 7000.
Sporty, Zippy And Fun To Drive! The cupholders have a canal between them so other things such as a cellphone can be stored and easily reached there. I anticipate the 2005 will not having any issues as it's the second model year. Mazda3s models with the 2. Examples of this are found throughout the Mazda. Unsurprisingly, because the editors are all incredible auto snobs, the Porsche won.
What rankled me was that the Porsche was declared the uncategoric winner by a single point advantage over the Corvette. Fold the seats back up into their passenger-friendly position, and there's still 17. The five-door needed an edgy proboscis, which it got. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone. The optional leather seating surfaces are smooth and black and priced well compared to other cars. One aspect carried over from the Protege, which the Mazda3 replaced, is roomy accommodations. The deck is short and high and nicely softened at the top.
After much research on the internet, I decided to give the automotivetouchup. The Mazda3i four-door sedan comes with the 2. The five-door hatchback comes only with the 2. Folding the rear seats down increases the cargo area generously, and while the rear seatbacks don't fold completely flat, rarely did we wish for more space. There's a big notch in the rear bumper, under the hatchback's liftgate, to clear the back of your hand when you grab the latch.
Locking gas caps, lines to get gas, topping off the tank, people leaving without paying for gas, it's definitely enough of a sense of deja vu. The rear of the sedan is another smooth cohesive design with an integrated bumper, and again only small seams at the edges. The rear door opening is a bit narrow, though. We reached in from behind, pressed down on one small square button on each side, and an easy shove forward dropped each seat flat. The dash panel looks better at night than during the day, with the reddish-orange lighting having its chance to be seen.
Flipping the seats down is easy. Bad business and would never recommend buying a vehicle from this dealer. Handles like a go-kart, begs to be mod'ed but is fun even without it. . Be prepared to spend some money on maintenance if you want to keep it nice and keep up with the rust! Be prepared to downshift to accelerate suddenly, either with the manual five-speed gearbox or the four-speed automatic. It's fun to drive and fun to look at.
I put in full-synthetic oil and expect the car will still be intact at 200,000 miles based on Mazda's excellent history of reliability. Damping may not be Corvette-firm, but neither is it wallowy. The block is aluminum, there's a cam chain rather than a belt, and the exhaust manifold is stainless steel. There's the ''i'' trim level, which comes only in four-door configuration and a 2-liter double-overhead-cam four-cylinder making. Mazda developed the engines and transmissions, Volvo did the chassis and safety, and Ford of Europe did the basic suspension design. Summary The Mazda3 is sporty, practical and affordable.
The Mazda3s is more powerful and better equipped. Young hot rodders will, of course, lower the ride height and firm up the suspension. Used a product from AutoZone and just wasnt happy with the results or quality of color match. Surprised at the results from a spray can. In a head-on collision the front of the chassis is designed to redirect energy to the outside rails, and not down the center toward the front seats. Legroom front and rear has been improved over the Protege and so is copious. Grafting a hatchback onto the nubile nose of the four-door would never do.
I without a doubt will always use this company again in the future. All hatchback Mazda3 Sports also get anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution as standard equipment. Only major misses is the paint is not very durable. Three big gauges are dead ahead for the driver, but they're down in tunnels where they effectively hide from the glare of the sun. Visibility is limited in the rearview mirror of the five-door by the two rear headrests and the center brake light, which intrude a little into window space.