2004 Mazda 3 Road Test Specs | Edmunds.com

2004 Mazda 3 - Road Test Specs

2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback

(2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2004
Styles 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$17,415.00
As-tested MSRP$20,065.00


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeinline 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2.3
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)160@6500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)150@4500
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent
Suspension, rearIndependent
Steering typeelectric
Tire size, frontP205/50VR17
Tire size, rearP205/50VR17
Brakes, frontfour wheel discs

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.7
0-60 mph (sec.)9.1
0-75 mph (sec.)13.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.89@83.66
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34.8
60-0 mph (ft.)120.75
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)34.1
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)76
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)78

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsBest acceleration comes at the top of 2nd gear. Consistent power from idle to redline. Fairly refined overall.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsSolid and progressive pedal feel with only slight ABS noise. Almost no front end dive but the back moves around a little under hard braking.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsExcellent steering. Sharp handling and a quick steering ratio make the car feel very sporty. Body roll is limited but the back end wants to come around when the car is really pushed. Easy to manage due to the great feedback from steering and chassis.

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 24/29 Manual 25/32
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2826
Length (in.)176.6
Width (in.)69.1
Height (in.)57.7
Wheelbase (in.)103.9
Legroom, front (in.)41.9
Legroom, rear (in.)36.3
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)38.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)17.1
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)31


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / miles
Roadside assistance4 years / 50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesOptional
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlNot available
Rollover protectionNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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