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Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 263 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3

  • A top pick in the super-sport compact class, the 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 offers ripping performance along with a well-sorted chassis that allows one to make quick and very enjoyable work of curvy roads.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Immense torque, superb balance of handling and ride comfort, semi-sleeper styling, top-notch build and materials quality, hatchback utility.

  • Cons

    Vague shifter action, tight rear legroom for taller passengers, only 5,000 available in the U.S.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 3 gets the hot-rod treatment from the company's in-house tuners to become the 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3. Highlights include a 263-horsepower turbocharged engine, a six-speed manual gearbox, a lowered suspension with sport tuning and 18-inch wheels.

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Customer Reviews

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Bring on the zoom zoom!

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Well, being a car guy I knew exactly what I was looking for when I began my car search. Manual transmission, plenty of power, but also utility for my new family. Test drove several cars that were almost good enough, but fell in love with this quirky turbo immediately. Mine is SUPER red with Mazda RX-8 wheels and looks very sharp. I have the Grand Touring package that comes with a super radio and other fun options. The price was right on, and the gas mileage can be as good as you want it to be, or as bad as your right foot tells it to be! Simply put, a spectacular vehicle that does so many things well. I can't wait to get off from work and drive it home!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Fantastic drive and quality for

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

As a former owner of a Subaru WRX, there is much more car here for the money than with my beloved WRX at around the same cost. No turbo lag here. Very responsive to the pedal and the steering. This thing is fun to drive! Sleek interior design. From the console hosting auto temp regulators, auto wipers, down to the stitching on the seats, shifter, and wheel. Attention to detail. The computer will also tracks mpg, miles to empty and instantaneous mi/gal Not sure how useful instant mi/gal actually is but it's there if you like too much information. Adjustable headlights are standard. Again probably overkill but there if you are on dark roads and don't want to blind oncoming traffic.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

I deeply regret purchasing my

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Why I won't buy another Mazda: Blown LF strut at 25,000 miles. Smoking turbo at 26,000 miles. The turbo was replaced, but now Mazda claims that the smoking is actually caused by an inadequate PCV system. Five months ago it was promised that a PCV revised system would be available in 90 days. Now Mazda is saying the fix won't be ready until March. Variable Valve Timing Actuator became noisy at 46,000 miles. At 51,000 miles the car is throwing a EGR flow insufficient fault code. This repair-$600-will be on my nickel as it seems that the EGR system is not covered by either the powertrain or the 49 state emissions warranties. RF strut is also failing. The worst automotive choice I've made.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fun car,good mileage, ho hum

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Short review.... I get 26.5 mpg overall mpg, posted seems low. And I go pretty fast. Bose stereo is a waste of money. Basic system is fine, and the OEM speakers they use are very good--even if you replace the head unit, stock speakers are solid. Seems Bose didn't tune the system because it rattles terribly. I'm an audio dood; Bose are clown shoes. A safety recall on engine mount, an "unofficial" recall on d-link in rear end, and a throttle failure in first year. Occasionally belches smoke. Hmm. Interior design is nice. Lots of rattles. Good cargo capacity. More fun than the WRX, feels faster, snappier brakes. Clutch is sticky and 'sudden'. Best 'fast' car for the money, by far

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Couldn't be happier!

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

This car is the best in its class. I drove the Civic Si, Sentra SE-R spec-v, Acura RSX type S, Subaru WRX. The other cars don't even compare. The Mazdaspeed 3 is by far the fastest on the market. Looking to spend under $25k, I was shocked at the performance that I found with Mazdaspeed 3. 0-60 in 5.5 seconds... wow.. it's fast. Torque steer is not noticeable after you learn how to drive it. This car is absolutely fast and will blow away anything less than $60k in a street race (I know, I've done it). The bottom line is that this car is hot, has a very comfortable interior, has amazing power, great handling, great breaking and did I mention... it's FAST!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

My red hot spicy mid-life

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I bought this car used at 6,500 miles and have put about 9k on it myself. I must say that each and every single one of those miles have a smile attached to it! The car is very stable at highway speed and is quite capable of keeping up with much faster and more upscale sports cars. My daily commute to work is about 15 miles and I mostly do city driving. My driving style tends to be more on the spirited side of the spectrum. I love the exhaust note, the acceleration, braking and cornering! The build quality and workmanship is superior and the design is very modest but attractive. Driven modestly, this car will not attract attention, but if you have the devil's gas foot, watch out!

Full 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 Review

What's New for 2007

The 3 gets the hot-rod treatment from the company's in-house tuners to become the 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3. Highlights include a 263-horsepower turbocharged engine, a six-speed manual gearbox, a lowered suspension with sport tuning and 18-inch wheels.


One of the few non-premium brand automakers to offer all-out "tuner" style versions of its cars, Mazda once again gives serious (but not seriously wealthy) driving enthusiasts another reason to rejoice. For 2007, Mazda has given the full Mazdaspeed treatment to the 3 to create a giant-slayer called the Mazdaspeed 3. In short, Mazda has taken a car that already earned our adoration for its athletic sport sedan manners, tight build quality and versatile hatchback body style not only to the next level, but a couple of levels beyond that.

A healthy power infusion comes by way of transplanting the same turbocharged engine found in the midsize Mazdaspeed 6 into the compact 3. In this application the force-fed 2.3 makes "only" 263 horsepower versus 274 for the Mazdaspeed 6. Appropriately, a six-speed manual with a limited-slip differential is the only available transmission -- as we said, a car for serious enthusiasts. Other chassis enhancements include a tightened-up suspension, 18-inch wheels wearing sticky performance tires and bigger brakes.

Of course, the Mazdaspeed has the requisite visual tweaks that are fortunately subtle enough to be tasteful, yet distinctive enough to let car buffs know this isn't just a standard Mazda 3. In addition to the big wheels, there are unique front and rear fascias, a rear spoiler atop the hatch, a chrome exhaust tip and a slightly raised hood. The cockpit features aggressively bolstered sport seats and aluminum pedals.

With pricing starting in the low-$20K range, the 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 is an intriguing choice for a performance car. Compared to the Honda Civic Si sedan and four-door Volkswagen GTI hatchback, the 3 provides better performance for about the same price. Alternately, one can view the Mazdaspeed 3 as a fully viable and less expensive competitor to small sport sedans like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Evolution. Overall, the Mazdaspeed 3's combination of blistering performance and an easy-to-live-with personality make this hyperactive hatchback one of our favorite driver's cars for 2007.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 comes solely as a four-door hatchback in two trim levels. The base version is called the Sport and comes with automatic climate control, full power accessories, keyless entry, sport seats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a CD stereo with an audio input jack, 18-inch wheels with 215/45 performance tires, sport-tuned suspension and foglights. The Grand Touring adds leather seat bolsters, Bose audio with a six-disc CD changer, xenon HID headlights, trip computer, rain-sensing wipers, LED taillights and an anti-theft system. The sole option is a navigation system, which is only available on the Grand Touring.

Powertrains and Performance

The Mazdaspeed 3's 2.3-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine pumps out 263 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. All that power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox (the only transmission available) while a limited-slip differential and an electronic torque limiter (which regulates the torque based on gear selection and steering position) put the power to the ground. The shifter, which doesn't like to be rushed, has effort appropriate for the job, but feels a bit disconnected compared to some of its competitors. Acceleration is exhilarating, with the 0-60-mph sprint taking just 5.9 seconds and a blast down the quarter-mile taking only 14.2 seconds. EPA fuel mileage estimates are 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway.


Antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, a tire-pressure monitor, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are all standard. In NHTSA frontal-impact crash tests, the standard Mazda 3 scored four stars (out of five). In IIHS testing, the standard Mazda 3 received a "Good" rating (the highest out of four) in frontal-offset impact tests. Those agencies also conducted side-impact crash tests, but those involved a standard Mazda 3 without side- and side-curtain airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

As with the other Mazda 3 models, the 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 boasts a cabin with a distinctive and upscale design. It also shares the same large, clear gauge layout, precise controls, high-grade materials and tight build quality. Unique touches for the Mazdaspeed edition include more aggressively bolstered front sport seats, aluminum pedals, a red and black color scheme and Mazdaspeed floor mats. Accommodations up front are first-class, as even taller folks are easily able to get comfortable. The well-shaped and supportive backseat is fine for those under 6 feet tall, but taller passengers will feel pinched for legroom. Cargo capacity stands at 17 cubic feet behind the rear seats and expands to 31 cubes when it's folded.

Driving Impressions

Fling the Mazdaspeed 3 down a ribbon of road filled with sweeping bends and you'll find it carrying almost as much speed as an Evo or WRX STI -- provided that ribbon is smooth. Damping feels adequate on smooth roads, but tighter and rougher roads work against the car's near 3,200-pound curb weight and cause the Mazda to feel a bit out of its element. For that reason, the Mazdaspeed 3 is better suited to smooth roads with sweeping corners rather than rough roads with tight switchbacks. It can certainly handle the latter, but loses some of its otherwise excellent poise. Still, the 3's steering is exceptionally responsive just off-center, which makes flicking through transitions as easy as it is quick. Braking performance is outstanding, with a stop from 60 mph taking only 116 feet, a number that would do a $60,000 sport sedan proud.

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Gas Mileage


  • 18
  • cty
  • 26
  • highway
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