Aside from the larger engine, the s models get more standard equipment. Mazda did not release details on the power figures, but we do know that the engine now meets stringent Euro 5 emissions standards. The base i sedans come equipped with a 2. Show full review Vehicle Overview The Mazdaspeed3 is Mazda's pocket rocket. A limited-slip differential is also present. Because it's a hatch, the car is a tad shorter than its sedan-based competition. The Mazdaspeed3 is only available as a five-door hatchback.
The Mazdaspeed3's front strut and rear multilink suspension features higher-rate springs and larger stabilizer bars for reduced body roll. Units Affected 7100 The 2009 Geneva Motor Show marks the 79th year the Swiss super rich getaway and United Nations capital has hosted an automotive exhibition, and while a pall will no doubt be hanging over the halls of the Geneva Palexpo center due to the dire state of the industry, thankfully the usual assortment of world debuts and exotic creations will be…. The liftgate incorporates a high-mounted spoiler with an integrated brake light. The new Mazda3 series takes a significant step ahead in both the realms of driving performance and environmental technology to lead the way toward a new generation of motoring. The Mazdaspeed3 features a high-output turbocharged inline-four, a stiffened suspension setup, and unique exterior and interior styling cues. Exterior The Mazdaspeed3 has widened front fenders, a large supplemental grille in the front bumper, rectangular fog lamps and ground effects. Stability control and traction control is standard on s Touring, Grand Touring, and Mazdaspeed 3 models.
It evolves the driving experience to an entirely new level of quality and pleasure with its emotional design and exhilarating performance. Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring are the three trim levels. In addition to the 3, the Euro Focus platform also underpins the Volvo C30, S40, and V50. In all iterations, the platform is solid, offers good interior space, and features a relatively sophisticated suspension. Launched in 2004 and available as a sedan or a five-door hatchback, the Mazda 3 is built on the second-generation European Ford Focus platform; the U. The second generation will MazdaSpeed3 use the same 2. The Mazdaspeed3 features a high-output turbocharged inline-four, a stiffened suspension setup, and unique exterior and interior styling cues.
The Mazdaspeed3 is only available as a five-door hatchback. New for 2009 There are no significant changes on the Mazdaspeed3. The liftgate incorporates a high-mounted spoiler with an integrated brake light. We particularly like the styling and practicality of the five-door version, which only comes as an s model. The direct-injected four spins out 263 hp and an amazing 280 lb-ft of torque. Press release after the jump.
The engine and mechanicals are the same on both trims. The Mazda was praised for its superb interior, its powerful engine, and for being the most sporting of the bunch. For all-out performance with a dose of wagon-like practicality, we say opt for the Mazdaspeed 3. Vehicle Overview The Mazdaspeed3 is Mazda's pocket rocket. Introduction The smallest car that Mazda sells in the U.
Mazda has further reinforced and stiffened the frame. Because it's a hatch, the car is a tad shorter than its sedan-based competition. Verdict The Mazda 3 is a refined small car with a rich interior that behaves like a well-tuned sports sedan. At the very top of the lineup is the Mazdaspeed 3 that boasts a turbocharged direct-injection 2. Three engines are offered on the Mazda 3. A nav system is one of the few optional packages. .
Highlights and Recommendations For most buyers, the 2. New for 2009 There are no significant changes on the Mazdaspeed3. Some of the sportier versions, like the s and the Mazdaspeed 3, may prove to be too extreme for some, but for enthusiasts they will prove satisfying. Touring gets standard stability control and traction control. Exterior The Mazdaspeed3 has widened front fenders, a large supplemental grille in the front bumper, rectangular fog lamps and ground effects. Press release Mazda Motor Corporation will debut two new models of the all-new Mazda3 known as Mazda Axela in Japan product range at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show from March 3 through 15, 2009.
The hatch is accommodating with 95 cubic feet of passenger space and 43. To control torque steer, which is often associated with high-powered front-wheel-drive cars, Mazda says controls have been added to limit uneven torque delivery, thereby improving drivability. The interior design, materials, and appointments are a cut above its segment. We did criticize it for excessive torque steer, a product of sending 263 horsepower through the front wheels. For those seeking an excellent balance of fuel economy and speed, the sportier s versions will fit the bill. Ford Focus uses the first Focus platform.