2011 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Fun to drive but noisy.

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Fun to drive but noisy.
By mka2 on


2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A)


I bought the car at the end of 2011 and currently have 10k miles on it. It's fun to drive, corners on a dime, very responsive and accelerate smoothly. The interior is nice however the seats are not comfortable. Controls are well placed and the car has a lot of nice technology. The GPS is difficult to operate and very annoying. A $200 aftermarket GPS will solve this problem. From day one, I thought the road noise is a bit much however after the first tire rotation the noise became unbearable. Mazda is aware of the quick tread loss and will not do anything about it.

Best Features

Fun to drive, Bose audio is great, powerful, peppy and has one of the most reliable blue tooth and hands free controls. Transmission is really smooth and the engine is very responsive. Steering is tight and sporty.

Worst Features

It's really short sight on Mazda's side to install such a poor performing tires when it comes to tread wear and noise. Fellows, your customers are aware of the problem, so get your heads out of the sand and take care of it. It's hurting your future sales. The GPS needs to be replaced with a professional one with better controls. Seats need to be more comfortable.
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