Mazda follows the introduction of its spacious, sporty 2009 Mazda6 midsize sedan with an equally impressive compact sedan, the 2010 Mazda3.
The Mazda3 has been a success for Mazda since its introduction. It represents one third of Mazda’s sales and it’s easy to understand why after spending time with one. It’s a fit, frugal and fun compact car.
The 2010 Mazda3 is available in either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback both with front-wheel drive and a choice of two engines. Both feature updated exterior and interior styling with a prominent new five-point grill that is the new “global face” of Mazda. It’s a handsome, upscale look with some sportscar wedge to its profile and a “happy” face in front (look at the nose and headlights and maybe you’ll see its smile, too). Inside, the cockpit is more sophisticated and more plushly trimmed than before.
The entry-level 2010 Mazda Mazda3 “i” is equipped with a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The sportier “s” model comes with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine from the Mazda6 that pumps out 167 horsepower. The larger engine gets a six-speed manual transmission as standard and the same optional five-speed automatic as the base car.