Used 2008 Mazda 3

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2008 Mazda 3

Pros

  • Athletic handling, refined and zippy engines, sharp styling, top-notch build and materials quality, sharp styling, hatchback utility, luxury features and ambiance at a budget price.

Cons

  • So-so fuel economy with 2.3-liter engine, top safety equipment is optional on lower trim levels, tight rear legroom.

Used 2008 Mazda 3 for Sale

Mazda 3 2008
149,523 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
i Touring Value
Anmo Cars
5.4 mi away
List$3,995
Est.Loan: $82/mo
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Mazda 3 2008 s Sport 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
111,359 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
s Sport
List$5,675
Est.Loan: $116/mo
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Mazda 3 2008 i Touring 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
84,237 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
i Touring
Auto Bank II
15.4 mi away
List$5,900
Est.Loan: $121/mo
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Mazda 3 2008 i Sport 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
81,984 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$4,994
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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Mazda 3 2008 s Touring 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
150,838 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
s Touring
List$6,195
Est.Loan: $127/mo
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$325 Below Market
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Mazda 3 2008
87,081 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
s Sport
Ammoury Auto
18.8 mi away
List$5,995
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Mazda 3 2008
109,619 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$5,500
Est.Loan: $113/mo
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Mazda 3 2008
98,292 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
i Sport
(3)
Malloy Hyundai
29.8 mi away
List$6,499
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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Mazda 3 2008 i Touring 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
258,029 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$1,900
Est.Loan: $39/mo
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Mazda 3 2008 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
102,334 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
s Grand Touring
List$5,994
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Mazda 3 2008 s Sport 4dr Hatchback w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
89,977 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
s Sport
List$6,888
Est.Loan: $141/mo
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Mazda 3 2008 i Touring 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
86,473 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
i Touring
(1)
CarMax
60.3 mi away
List$9,998
Est.Loan: $204/mo
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Mazda 3 2008 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
88,721 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
s Sport
Your Auto Source
74.3 mi away
List$7,991
Est.Loan: $163/mo
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Mazda 3 2008
82,308 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
i Touring Value
List$6,254
Est.Loan: $128/mo
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Mazda 3 2008 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
106,662 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
s Sport
List$5,911
Est.Loan: $121/mo
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Mazda 3 2008
147,206 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
i Sport
Diehl's Ford Sales
98.3 mi away
List$4,175
Est.Loan: $86/mo
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Mazda 3 2008
104,580 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
s Grand Touring
ListNot Listed
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Mazda 3 2008 i Sport 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
104,668 miles
Used 2008
Mazda 3
i Sport
Opequon Motors
38.7 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Entertaining yet sophisticated in demeanor, the 2008 Mazda 3 doesn't look, feel or drive like an economy car. If you're shopping for a small, inexpensive sedan or hatchback, this car should be at the top of your list.

vehicle overview

Now in its fifth year in production, the Mazda 3 continues to show that you don't have to pay a lot to own a sport sedan. Available in stylish hatchback and sedan body styles, the 3 brings a lot to the table in terms of driving excitement and available luxury features while also providing the roominess and thrift expected from today's economy cars. If a sporty drive and getting a lot for your hard-earned cash are top buying priorities, the Mazda 3 should be at the top of your test-drive list.

There are two engines available with the 3, a 140-horsepower four-cylinder in i trim levels and a more powerful 156-hp version in s trim levels. The hatchback, or five-door, is available only with the larger power plant. Both of these engines are smooth and punchy and provide the 3 with plenty of giddy-up -- particularly with the larger 2.3-liter. Neither returns particularly good fuel economy, though, with the Honda Civic besting the Mazda in this regard by about 10 mpg both in the city and on the highway. Mileage is, however, on par with other sporty compact cars like the Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Lancer.

The 2008 Mazda 3 is also distinguished by taut, chiseled styling and a handsome interior that hint at the car's athletic personality. A sign of a great design is typically one that doesn't require a sizable midlife refresh, and true enough, only minuscule changes have been made to the 3 over the years. This year, the only updates are the addition of front-seat side and full-length curtain airbags to all s trim levels. This lack of some standard safety features had been a problem in the past, and with items like antilock brakes remaining an option on the i trim level, it still is.

Otherwise, the 2008 Mazda 3 comes very well-equipped, particularly on the s models, as the s Touring and s Grand Touring trim levels come standard or can be equipped with features like 17-inch wheels, xenon headlights, heated leather seats, automatic climate control, moonroof, satellite radio, Bose stereo with in-dash CD changer and a navigation system. Any one of these features would be considered noteworthy in this class of sedan, let alone all of them together.

Plenty of compact sedans and hatchbacks have been introduced since the 3 dawned in 2004, but the little Mazda continues to be a top choice in this segment. In fact, it had been an Edmunds.com Editor's Most Wanted for three straight years until 2007 -- and even then, it still received honorable mention status. The car that supplanted it, the Honda Civic, is its main competition, offering sporty handling, avant-garde styling and much better fuel economy. But for those looking for something a little less ubiquitous and a whole lot of fun, the 2008 Mazda 3 remains the cheapest way to own a new sport sedan.

Trim levels & features

The compact 2008 Mazda 3 is available as a four-door sedan or hatchback. There are five trim levels available for the sedan: i Sport, i Touring, s Sport, s Touring and s Grand Touring. The hatchback/wagon ("five-door") comes only in the s trims. All i sedans have a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat with center armrest and a CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. The i Touring trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, an upgraded stereo, keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver seat and full power accessories. Mazda 3 s models come with all of the above, plus the larger engine, special interior and exterior trim, foglights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The s Touring adds 17-inch alloys and body side sills to the mix, while the top-line s Grand Touring provides leather upholstery (optional on Touring), heated seats, automatic climate control, automatic xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers and a trip computer. Options include an in-dash CD changer, satellite radio, a moonroof and, for the Grand Touring versions, a navigation system.

2008 Highlights

Front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are now standard on all 's' trim levels.

Performance & mpg

All i sedans use a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 148 hp and 135 pound-feet of torque, while s models use a 2.3-liter four-cylinder rated at 156 hp and 150 lb-ft. Both engines come standard with a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic with an automanual mode is optional on i models, while s models upgrade to a five-speed automatic with automanual mode. In our test of a 3 Grand Touring sedan with the 2.3-liter engine and automatic transmission, the Mazda did the 0-60-mph sprint in 8.6 seconds. 2008 EPA fuel mileage estimates for the 2.0-liter engine with the four-speed automatic are 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, while the 2.3-liter with the five-speed auto gets 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Safety

Standard on all 2008 Mazda 3s are four-wheel disc brakes, but one must typically go to upper trims or pay extra to get the latest safety features. Antilock brakes, front-side and full-length curtain airbags are optional on the i trims and standard for everything else. Stability control is available only on the s trim levels. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration frontal-impact crash tests, the 3 scored four stars (out of five). It received three stars in that agency's side-impact tests. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the 3 received a "Good" rating (the highest out of four) in frontal-impact crash tests but got a "Poor" rating (the lowest) in that agency's side-impact crash test. It should be noted that all of the above side-impact tests involved a Mazda 3 without side airbags.

Driving

Consistent with its upscale interior, the Mazda 3 tends to drive like a much more expensive sport sedan. Thanks to its performance-oriented chassis tuning, the 3 rewards the driving enthusiast with quick and communicative steering, a lack of discernible body roll and lots of grip on twisty blacktop. The s trim level's 2.3-liter engine is smooth and zippy, feeling quicker than its 155 hp would suggest. At the same time, the highway ride is smooth enough to please most commuters, although drivers who prefer softly sprung compacts like the Corolla might think the 3's too firm. All told, the 2008 Mazda 3 has refined road manners that will likely surprise car shoppers expecting the flabby ride and uninspiring handling typical of economy cars.

Interior

Especially in s Touring and s Grand Touring forms, the Mazda 3 features a distinctive and upscale interior design that looks far richer than its price would suggest. Controls are straightforward and work with precise action, while high-grade materials and tight build tolerances further the initial sense of impressive quality. Plus, with available luxury features like heated leather seats, automatic climate control and navigation, one can equip this economy car like a budget luxury sport sedan. Even taller drivers will find plenty of room in this compact car's front seat, with generous head and legroom, aided by a telescoping steering wheel. The rear seat is a little snug for larger adults, but those of average height will find a decent amount of space. Sedans offer 11.4 cubic feet of trunk space, while the hatchback boasts 17 cubes behind its rear seat and 31 when it's folded.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Mazda 3.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Great Car for the money. Fun to drive.
Davie Boy,07/10/2015
I have a 2009 mazda 3i touring with 2.0 liter engine, 5-speed stick and 17" alloy wheels. I bought it new in 2009 and have been its only driver for 6 years and 90,000 miles. I like this car a lot. It's a great value. Heres the lowdown: THE GOOD: 1. Good gas mileage 2. Great steering 3. Great brakes 4. Roomy feel for an economy car 5. 2.0L motor has adequate power. 6. The suspension, steering and breaking are what make this car fun to drive. 7. Very Reliable THE BAD: 1. Noisy at highway speeds (wind, tire noise, engine) 2. Underpowered A/C in Florida heat. 3. Gasoline Cap is on the wrong side 4. Steering wheel hides the temperature gauge on the dash. 5. No real-time mpg readout on the dash / no bluetooth My 2009 was assembled in Japan and I was sorry to hear the 2015 model is assembled in Mexico. I have quality concerns about this so I plan to drive my Japanese 3i another 3 years before deciding whether to replacing it with another 3i.
Believe the reviews!
EW,01/04/2008
I never thought I'd write an online review, but I simply had to come back and confirm that this car is indeed every bit as good as people say. I needed to get a new car and heavily researched the Mazda3 in addition to the Honda Civic Si, Honda Accord Coupe, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza WRX and BMW 328. As you can tell, price was not so much of a issue for me as getting a car I really liked. I was worried that the Mazda3 was underpowered and too "economy" (i.e. cheap and mundane) for my tastes, but after driving all of the cars mentioned above I was left with little doubts. Without exaggeration, this car drives and handles like a BMW. I could not be happier with the purchase.
So wonderful I bought another one
teamsc10190,03/01/2015
I had a 2006 Mazda 3 SGT that was my favorite car I'd owned since the early '70's. I decided late in 2009 that I needed to have another one but the second generation 3 was already at Mazda dealerships, sporting a vapid grin that I hated. I needed to find another first generation 3. The search for a SGT variant took me four years to find a low mileage pristine example CA car. When a 5-sp manual, White Pearl with navigation surfaced I pounced on it. It was well worth the effort and the wait. This car consistently delivers in smiles per mile. With the third generation 3, Mazda recovered the sexy face in a more capable and complete package that will be on my short list in the future. Four years down the road, I'm still a fan. Mazda produces the best unsung cars in the marketplace.
Traded Fit for m3, I feel young again.
damian35,12/05/2008
Reminds me of my 1982 Rx7 except it's much better. It's all in one, powerful engine response, adequate mpg, sporty handling, nice suspension, loads of features in comparison with honda vehicles in this price range. Tremendous quality build. The trunk space is adequate for a car its size and I'm really happy I bought this car. It's simply the best bang 4 the buck. The stereo and sound system are awesome even when it's not the top one offered in the se version. I love this car because it's the best in it's class. I recommend it to anyone who wants the best car out there, look no more.
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Features & Specs

MPG
23 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
23 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
23 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
156 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Poor
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Marginal
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2008 Mazda 3 Overview

The Used 2008 Mazda 3 is offered in the following submodels: 3 Hatchback, 3 Sedan. Available styles include i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A), i Sport 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.0L 4cyl 4A), i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A), s Sport 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5A), i Touring 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.0L 4cyl 4A), s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A), s Touring 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5A), s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A), i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), s Sport 4dr Hatchback w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5A), s Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A), i Sport 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.0L 4cyl 5M), s Sport 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5M), s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A), s Touring 4dr Hatchback w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5A), s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M), s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A), s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5A), s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5A), s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A), s Sport 4dr Hatchback w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5M), s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M), s Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M), i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), s Touring 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5M), i Touring 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.0L 4cyl 5M), s Touring 4dr Hatchback w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5M), s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5M), s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M), s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M), s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback w/Prod. End 12/07 (2.3L 4cyl 5M), and s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M).

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Price comparisons for Used 2008 Mazda 3 trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 Mazda 3 s Sport is priced between $5,675 and$7,991 with odometer readings between 87081 and111359 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Mazda 3 i Sport is priced between $4,175 and$6,499 with odometer readings between 81984 and147206 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Mazda 3 i Touring is priced between $1,900 and$9,998 with odometer readings between 84237 and258029 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Mazda 3 i Touring Value is priced between $3,995 and$6,254 with odometer readings between 82308 and149523 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Mazda 3 s Touring is priced between $6,195 and$7,369 with odometer readings between 116183 and150838 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring is priced between $5,994 and$5,994 with odometer readings between 102334 and102334 miles.

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