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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By scottksu
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2009 Mazda 3 Sedan i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Car looks great and handles well, but...

The 2.0, 4 cylinder is low on power.
I expected a bit more zip for a small car with almost 150 HP.
Gas mileage below avg. for a car this size.
Only get a few mpg more than my Toyota Camry V-6.


Handles great, but ride suffers.
If you like to feel every bump in the road, you will love this car.
Replacing the OEM tires helps, especially with road noise.


Interior design is nice, but materials are of average quality, which I expect for a car in this category.
Developed a few noises & small intermittent rattles not long after purchase.
Some I remedied, the dealer fixed one, some remain.
A/C is weak & must keep on high during days over 90'


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Low quality Mazda
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By needquality
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2009 Mazda 3 Sedan i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I made the mistake and believed Edmunds when they talked up the Mazda3.
I bought a 2009 Mazda3 with 10K miles.
I am very sorry I did.
The car is covered with very low quality materials.

Some examples...

The carpet and upholstery are of the lowest quality I have ever seen.
The body panels are like aluminum foil.
You do not want to lean on your car.
The trunk latch is all plastic.
The huge irritant I have now is the driver's seat.
It squeaks horribly whenever I adjust my position even a little bit.
Dealer can't fix and Mazda refuses to replace seat.
I am looking for a after-market replacement.
Do not buy any Mazda if you care about quality.
Thanks, Edmunds, for nothing.


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Don't feel like mentioning any.


Worst Features

Buy a different make.


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Great Bang for the Buck
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By RonW
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2009 Mazda 3 Sedan i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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While I'm a big Honda fan, I've also owned three Mazda and couldn't pass up an end of year deal on my 3. Great exterior styling, this car looks like more money. Handling is a bit stiff but also responsive. Smooth engine but get the manual transmission for the 2.0 engine. While mileage could be better, I can't complain. Just came back from a 500 mile trip to FL with no problems. The instruments and ergonomics are quite good on the Mazda 3. Only niggles I have are the poor OEM/Goodyear tires, minimal grip and lots of noise. Gas mileage could be better and build quality a touch below Honda. But still an amazing deal for the price, I paid under $16K brand new...


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Exterior styling, comfortable bucket seats, red instruments, MP3/CD Player, Alloy Wheels


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Just a 3
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By Steve
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2009 Mazda 3 Sedan i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Edmunds pushed me to buy a Mazda 3. I had intended to buy a Civic to use as a commuter car. Honestly, the car is what Edmunds said it was but it is still somewhat disappointing overall. Basically, the Mazda 3 lacks the zoom- zoom promised by Mazda. This is just a commuter car with poor fuel mileage. There are some nice aspects however such as attractive interior and exterior styling. But overall it is not worth the money. It's just a Mazda 3 after all.


Best Features

Interior and exterior styling, decent sound system, sure-footed handling.


Worst Features

Better fuel economy, reduce the horrendous road noise, improve on the pathetic stock tires, improve sluggish acceleration (dies going up a hill), need bigger trunk, hard plastic interior materials need to be soft.


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Clear headed
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By JIBMRJ4W
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2009 Mazda 3 Sedan s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)


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This car drove nicely on flat normal freeways. Decent mileage. When driving back from Lake Tahoe on I 80, we experienced an unusual problem. The force exerted by this car, when going down hill on I 80, at or > 60 mph, was quite strong when turning toward the right, ~ 20 to 35 degrees. It felt as though you were going to be pushed out the door of the car. I slowed down and the sensation went away. Thereafter I drove this car at ~ 55 mph when going down hill from Tahoe Our agent said there was no accident with this car, therefore it suggest a stabilizer type problem for this car.


Best Features

Nice driving on flat freeways or streets


Worst Features

Needs to improve stabilization for this car


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