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STYLING | 8 out of 10
a handsome interior that hints at the car's athletic personality
The plastic-looking woven inserts on the door panels and seats are unimpressive
The 2009 Mazda MAZDA 3 is available in two body styles
Kelley Blue Book
Buyers seeking a sporty, economical car that has the looks to compete with more expensive sport sedans would do well to check out the 2009 Mazda 3.
Various reviews read by TheCarConnection.com heap praise on the styling of the Mazda 3; 2009 models "have enough style to sit beside an Audi A3 and look right at home," says Kelley Blue Book. They note, "A new front end features a revised grille and headlamp treatment with a large rectangular air intake." Depending on the trim offered by Mazda, 2009 3s are equipped with either 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels. Introduced in 2004 by Mazda, 2009 Mazda 3s are "distinguished by taut, chiseled styling that hint at the car's athletic personality," remarks Edmunds. They add, "A sign of a great design is typically one that doesn't require a sizable midlife refresh...only miniscule changes have been made to the 3 over the years."
ConsumerGuide isn't as lavish with its praise of the Mazda 3’s interior and comments, "The cabin décor tries to go for a sporty, upscale look, but it falls short...The plastic-looking woven inserts on the door panels and seats are unimpressive." But for the most part, praise for the exterior design carries over to the interior's styling. Edmunds says the 2009 Mazda 3 has "a handsome interior that hints at the car's athletic personality," while Touring and Grand Touring trims "feature a distinctive and upscale interior design that looks far richer than its price would suggest." Kelley Blue Book has similar feelings: "You can shop this segment until the cows come home and not find as handsome an interior is in the 2009 Mazda ...A racy three-pod instrument cluster [and] red dash lighting...make the MAZDA 3 feel like a high-priced sports sedan."
The 2009 Mazda 3 is aging gracefully; its sharp, sporty looks are still popular among buyers, and the hatchback is especially utilitarian.