Pros I currently own a 2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring with tech package. Here are the Pros:
1) Smooth ride
2) Excellent interior (mine came with heated leather seats)
3) Stylish looks
4) Handling in this car is amazing
5) 6-disc CD changer with BOSE Audio / 10 sp
Cons Here's the cons:
1) Decent, but not great gas mileage (24 city/ 30 hwy)
2) No temperature gauge (quite odd)
3) Manual transmission feels notchy at times
4) I don't feel that Zoom-Zoom as advertised (opt for a Mazdaspeed 3)
5) Back seat room is not that g
Summary I've had this car for a little over a year and it's been good. It's an excellent value if you like hatchbacks. The Mazda 3 Grand Touring HB which I have, cost me around $23k. It's pretty much fully loaded. Not bad really for the price. I looked at the Scion TC (too much plastic, not enough features) and the Honda Civic EX (not a bad looking car, but looks bland). This was a better choice in my opinion. The Grand Touring has a ton of features including, heated front leather seats, automatic headlights, adaptive front bi-xenon headlights with fogs(meaning the lights turn when you turn), automatic driver seat, dynamic stability control, one-touch moon-roof, 10 speakers, 6-disc CD changer with BOSE audio, clock, temp gauge, info on MPG's, distance, maintanance reminders, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED tail-lights, Bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise-control, mounted steering wheel controls for bluetooth and audio, 4 wheel ABS. The car drives really smooth. Not much engine noise at all unless you start revving up in the high RPM's. The manual gear box is notchy at times. Not the best I've driven but it's decent. Clutch feels high and getting that balance from 1st gear was tricky when I first bought the car. Definitely not a fast car even if it does say it's 167HP. The car is heavy (about 3200lbs), so that horsepower really isn't felt too much. I've driven the Mazdaspeed 3 and WOW that car is fast! If you want to drive the fastest Mazda, I suggest you purchase the Mazdaspeed 3. But, back to the Mazda 3 GT review. Corning on this car is amazing I have to say. Mazda has always been great when it comes to suspension. It feels very solid to the ground when making turns. The interior is nice, but could be better. The leather seats really make the interior look nice. Back seat room is average, not great. Trunk space is good, and even better when the back seats are folded down. The Dual exhausts and LED tail lamps make the car look sporty from the outside. It's a really great value overall. I definitely recommend if you're budget is around the $21k - $23k range. Its loaded with features and drives great. Wish I would've waited for the SkyActiv engines which Mazda will be employing with the 2012 Mazda 3's which will get 40MPG highway.It's been a little over 2 yrs now and my lease is up in 2013. So far, the car has been very good to me. No problems what so ever! I might opt for a different car when my lease is up. It's not because I don't like the car, it's because I want a more fuel-efficient car. My Mazda is wonderful.
The only things I can really gripe about is the lack of power. I know 167HP seems like a lot for a car like this, but it just feels a bit slow, especially when getting on the on-ramps. Could use some more leg room in the back seats, and the interior can use more vibrant materials.
It's still an excellent value, and I've never had problems with Mazda before. Check one out at your local Mazda dealership.
Updated on Oct 17, 2012
Pros The driving is good. I didn't have many problems with it until a year into my lease.
Cons There were three recalls right after I got the car. I had to get my power steering pump changed after 6 months. My passenger door wouldn't open from the inside, or outside, I ignored it and it started working again. Now it doesn't open from the inside at
Summary Overall, I say that this is the worst car I have ever driven. It is my first car, but I have driven so many other cars, that this one is just horrible. I have had so many problems with it, and I haven't even had the car for three years yet. What I listed is just what I can remember that has gone wrong. Even though the actual driving is nice, it's not worth the money. I will never get another Mazda, and I'm actually talking to dealers to end my lease early and get a new car. I strongly recommend not getting this car. I've heard so many people complain that things start going wrong after about a year. It's a waste of your money. DO NOT GET THIS CAR!
Pros Great pickup, awesome cornering, a sports car disguised as an economy car! Bose 10 speaker centerpoint stereo sounds fantastic! Bluetooth built in allows you to make hands free calls AND stream stereo from your iphone or android phone to the stereo
Cons A little noisy in the highway, and the back seat is pretty small. I hear the nav system sucks, but the tech package isn't worth the extra $1200 anyway!
Summary If you want a really fun to drive car at a low price, the Mazda 3 Sport Grand Touring is a great value. I drive mine like a sports car and rarely take it on the highway, so I average 17 mpg. When I do take a trip, it gets about 32 mpg on the freeway. The 17" wheels make the ride a little rough, but it pays you back with awesome cornering ability and fast stops. This car has all the little extras that you usually only find on the high end brands like Lexus, Acura, and Infinity. The Sport Grand Touring hatchback only comes with the 2.5L engine which is a kick when you floor it. The adaptive headlamps swivel in the direction you are turning, pretty cool. I got the Sirius radio with mine, plus the bluetooth controls on the steering wheel let me listen to Pandora and Slacker radio without any cords through the Bose 10 spkr stereo. The power drivers seat gives plenty of room for my 6'4" frame and adjustable steering column easily accommodates me and my 5'4" wife. All leather seats and interior is refined and sporty, the seats give great support and hold you in place during the high-g turns in a cloverleaf at 55 mph! Like I said super fun to drive.Oh, btw, traction control is terrific in snow or slick roads, antilock breaks, heated seats, dual climate control, rain sensing wipers, heated power mirrors, tire pressure indicator, 17" rims, ipod adapter, sirius radio, automatic light sensing headlights, lighted vanity mirrors, etc., etc.
Updated on Mar 8, 2011
"Improvements"on by HondaCivicDork
Pros -Fun to Drive
-Alot of car for the money
Cons -Exterior Styling
-Rear leg room
-Navigation Small Screen
-Pole crash test result
Summary Overall the Mazda is a good car but still needs major tweaks, Mazda , you have some great competition, you can do it!
Pros Agressive styling, solid chassis feel and peppy performance that tracks corners better than my 06 Inifinity G35 sedan. GT has a quality interior (worthy of a sport/lux car) with lots of technology to enhance the experience.
Cons Factory nav system is clunky to use and adjust settings. Map data is copyright 2007, which is not what should come on a 2010 car (hello Mazda). Again, Bose in-car audio option is overrated; really diappointing sound quality compared to others.
Summary This car makes a statement on a budget. It's fun-looking and fun to drive with a near-sport luxury feel to the ride and interior. Great low-end torque makes for fun city driving, even if the the mileage is not stellar. The Bluetooth audio plays well with my phone, easily handling calls and playing Pandora, podcasts or music from the phone's storage card. Mazda may have chosen the Bose audio option for the brand name sales value, and not for the outstanding sound quality. It will likely sound fine to most buyers, but for audiophiles not so much.Mazda offered to reimburse me for purchasing the 2010 map data card for my 3's nav system. I faxed them my online receipt and got a check 2 weeks later. Thanks Mazda! The nav interface is still clunky, but at least Mazda did right to fix me up with the current map data (that should have come with the car in the first place). Mazda gets an "A" for customer relations.
I like the styling of the hatch, and it's versatile for hauling weekend gear or larger items from the store.
The biggest downside is the factory navigation, made by Densu, because the interface logic is not intuitive (compared to a Garmin) requiring a trip to the navigation manual to find where simple settings are burried. And even then, some of the routing on my trips has been unexplainable, sending me on pointless detours on surface roads when staying on the interstate is the best route. So, buying the options package just to get the nav system might not be the best choice.
Overall, a sporty, economical, fun driving car that offers a sport luxury experience (almost).
Updated on Nov 4, 2010