Used 2010 Mazda 3

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2010 Mazda 3
List price range
$6,950 - $10,499

Pros

  • Athletic handling and performance, high-end interior, unparalleled available luxury features, available hatchback utility.

Cons

  • Ride may be too firm for some, interior and trunk not as large as those of competitors.

Used 2010 Mazda 3 for Sale

Mazda 3 2010 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
86,710 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$7,475
Est.Loan: $153/mo
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TOURING - MANUAL - 16' ALLOY WHEELS/BLUETOOTH/POWER (LOCKS, WINDOWS, AND MIRRORS)/CRUISE CONTROL/KEYLESS ENTRY/UPGRADED SOUND SYSTEM/AND ALOT MORE- 3 MONTH / 3,000 MILE WARRANTY - NO HIDDEN RECON FEES - ONE OWNER - CLEAN CARFAX - NEW BELTS - NEW SHOCKS - WELL MAINTAINED CAR - **Touring upgrades over Sport include : 16' alloy wheels, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls, Power door locks with 2-stage unlocking, Speed and transmission-sensing auto door locks, Remote keyless entry with answer-back feature, Bluetooth audio and hands-free phone capability, 6-speaker audio system** **This Mazda3's safety features includes: Advanced front air bag with seat belt-use and passenger-weight sensors Front side-impact air bags, side-impact air curtains, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, and Alot more. Top Safety Pick by IIHS for 2010 safety ratings.** **At Chantilly Mazda we promise you'll have a great experience. All you add is your state's tax, tags, and processing fee. No other fees and we mean it!! (no reconditioning fees, no dealer prep, no CPO fees, no testing fees). For more information or to schedule a test drive, call (855)423-9049. Buy Happy!**
Mazda 3 2010 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
62,630 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$7,811
Est.Loan: $160/mo
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2010 MAZDA 3 I TOURING<br><br>LOCAL TRADE<br><br>ALLOY WHEELS<br><br>AM/FM/CD<br><br>HANDSFREE BLUETOOTH<br><br>FULL POWER ACCESSORIES<br><br>CRUISE CONTROL
Mazda 3 2010 s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
129,642 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
s Sport
Damas Auto
10 mi away
List$6,399
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Mazda 3 2010 s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
105,420 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
s Sport
List$6,481
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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Mazda 3 2010 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
101,866 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
s Sport
(2)
Fairfax Motors
16.9 mi away
List$6,950
Est.Loan: $142/mo
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Good Deal!
$191 Below Market
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* SUPER CLEAN * CARFAX CERTIFIED * CLEAN CARFAX * ONE OWNER * LOCALLY OWNED * RUNS LIKE NEW * Why pay higher prices when you can buy directly from us with our no HASSLE and HAGGLE free pricing?? Our prices are competitive in the market and compete or beat other dealerships. The buying experience with Fairfax Motors is the best! Fairfax Motors is family owned and operated in Fairfax, Virginia offering cars for sale and buying services to the DMV area for 24 years. Our owner has built successful and long term relationships with our customers with them returning to purchase cars from us time and time again. Our entire staff offers transparency with each customer from our knowledgeable sales staff to our dynamic managers and all the way to our very experienced Finance Director who has been in the business for 40 years! We offer Finance and Extended Warranty options, plus detailing services to keep your car looking beautiful. We need your cars to fill out inventory, so we take all trades and buy cars too! Stop dreading the car buying process and start having fun! Still aren't sure? Our customers love to show us love and share their buying experience with the world. Come see us at Fairfax Motors for your next vehicle purchase.
Mazda 3 2010 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
66,216 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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Fair Deal!
$220 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
***LOW MILEAGE, POWER SUNROOF...........................2011 MAZDA3 I TOURING SEDAN, GRAY WITH A CHARCOAL INTERIOR, TIPTRONIC AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, BOSE SOUND SYSTEM, POWER SUNROOF, CRUISE CONTROL, KEYLESS ENTRY, REAR SPOILER, SIDE AIRBAGS, ANTI-LOCK BRAKES, ALLOY WHEELS, CLEAN CARFAX, ONLY 66K MILES, ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Mazda 3 2010 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
127,819 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
s Sport
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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Mazda 3 2010 s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
124,202 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
s Sport
List$5,990
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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17%2522 x 7.0JAL Alloy Wheels,Reclining Sport Front Bucket Seats,Cloth Seat Trim,AM/FM/CD/MP3 Compatible Audio System,Moonroof, 6-CD & Bose Audio System,In-Dash 6-Disc CD Changer - MP3 Compatible,BOSE Audio System,Power Sliding-Glass Moonroof w/Interior Sunshade,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,6 Speakers,Air Conditioning,Electronic Stability Control,Front Bucket Seats,Front Center Armrest,Leather Shift Knob,Spoiler,Tachometer,ABS brakes,Anti-whiplash front head restraints,Brake assist,Bumpers%3A body-color,CD player,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Dual front impact airbags,Dual front side impact airbags,Four wheel independent suspension,Front anti-roll bar,Front fog lights,Front reading lights,Illuminated entry,Leather steering wheel,Low tire pressure warning,MP3 decoder,Occupant sensing airbag,Outside temperature display,Overhead airbag,Panic alarm,Passenger door bin,Passenger vanity mirror,Power door mirrors,Power steering,Power windows,Rear anti-roll bar,Rear seat center armrest,Rear window defroster,Remote keyless entry,Speed control,Speed-sensing steering,Split folding rear seat,Steering wheel mounted audio controls,Telescoping steering wheel,Tilt steering wheel,Traction control,Trip computer,Turn signal indicator mirrors,Variably intermittent wipers,Wireless phone connectivity%3A Bluetooth,AM/FM radio%3A SIRIUS-ready
Mazda 3 2010 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
77,744 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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This 2010 Mazda3 i Touring Sedan was recently traded and is currently going through our Brown's inspection. Please call for additional information.
Mazda 3 2010 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
49,710 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
i Sport
(3)
Sheehy Honda
28.9 mi away
List$7,910
Est.Loan: $162/mo
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Mazda 3 2010 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
118,247 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$7,395
Est.Loan: $151/mo
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Dealer Notes
VEHICLE HAS PASSED SAFETY AND EMISSION INSPECTIONS, VEHICLE CHECKED AND SERVICED BY OUR ON SITE MECHANIC WITH A FRESH OIL CHANGE, EXTENDED WARRANTY AND EASY FINANCING AVAILABLE, CAR FAX REPORT AVAILABLE ON ALL VEHICLES! COME AND TAKE IT FOR A TEST DRIVE TODAY!!*****INTERNET PRICE IS BASED ON ONE TIME PAYMENT OF CASH CREDIT UNION AND OR BANKS CERTIFIED LOAN CHECKS AND EFT's. PRICES EXCLUDES TAXES TITLE LICENSE AND DEALER PROCESSING FEE. WOODBRIDGE AUTO SALES IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS MISPRINTS ON EQUIPMENT.*****
Mazda 3 2010 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
100,605 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$6,791
Est.Loan: $139/mo
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$187 Below Market
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Mazda 3 2010 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
93,731 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
i Sport
(3)
Ourisman Mazda
35.9 mi away
List$6,585
Est.Loan: $135/mo
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Mazda 3 2010 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
53,368 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
s Grand Touring
(1)
CarMax
36.1 mi away
List$10,998
Est.Loan: $225/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Mazda 3 2010 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
66,607 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
s Grand Touring
List$10,499
Est.Loan: $215/mo
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Dealer Notes
This Mazda MAZDA3 is ready and waiting for you to take it home today. Buyer confidence is more important than ever these days which is why we at 610 Ultimate Autos have the title records to prove this car is a one-owner vehicle. You can breathe easy knowing that the %26amp;%252339;new car%26amp;%252339; smell is genuine because thankfully the former owner was not a smoker. The vehicle history report shows no history of ever having been wrecked and our careful inspection of the body confirms this. We know the importance of a powerful engine for those tough jobs. This Mazda MAZDA3 is equipped with a 2.5L L4 DOHC 16V engine to help you complete all of the tough jobs. With the 2.5L L4 DOHC 16V engine you will get excellent fuel economy and have plenty of power for tough traffic. The sport wheels and road hugging suspension make handling those curves a breeze. Feel like royalty in the luxury of this car. This Mazda MAZDA3 comes fully equipped at a great price. Come by and test drive it today. The drive train and other major mechanical systems are all confirmed to be in good shape and ready to hit the road. The previous owner kept this exterior in good condition and kept it from rusting and getting dings and dents. Given that this is a used car, the interior is really in very good shape with no rips, tears or stains to be had anywhere in it. Ask about getting a free CARFAX report on this or any other vehicle that we have for sale. By becoming a CARFAX CERTIFIED dealership we have thrown out the gimmicks and provided you with facts. We want you to buy with confidence. Check out the included CARFAX report which shows this car to be a one-owner vehicle. If you%26amp;%252339;re interested in our extended warranty options please don%26amp;%252339;t hesitate to call or stop in to speak with a sales associate. With amazing deals at 610 Ultimate Autos, you will be sure to drive away smiling. We are conveniently located near Sterling.
Mazda 3 2010 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
49,622 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
i Touring
CarMax
41.2 mi away
List$10,998
Est.Loan: $225/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Mazda 3 2010 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
110,578 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
s Grand Touring
Fox Motors
48 mi away
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $143/mo
Great Deal!
Great Deal!
$192 Below Market
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Come TODAY to take a test drive in this EXCELLENT vehicle! WITH 110,578 MILES ON IT .. THIS CAR WONT LAST LONG ON OUR LOT! DON'T MISS OUT!!! FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PICTURES OF THIS CAR AND OTHERS PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT FOXMOTORSVA.NET OR GIVE US A CALL AT (540-899-3322) WE ARE OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY FROM 10AM-7PM AND SUNDAYS FROM 11AM-5PM. PRICES BASED ON PAYMENT OF CERTIFIED FUNDS. FINANCING OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT FOXMOTORSVA.NET. ADDITIONAL FEES SUCH AS PROCESSING ($499), TAXES AND TAGS, ETC NOT INCLUDED. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS, MISPRINTS ON PRICES OR EQUIPMENT.TOTAL PRICES ON VEHICLES FINANCED MAY VARY. We work EXTREMELY hard to offer our customers the best in pre-owned vehicles. FOX MOTORS also arranges financing, warranties and service contracts. You can trust FOX MOTORS to take care of YOU!
Mazda 3 2010 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
122,298 miles
Used 2010
Mazda 3
s Sport
List$6,990
Est.Loan: $143/mo
Fair Deal!
Fair Deal!
$192 Below Market
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After business hours please contact Tamim at (540) 287-5112Just added to our inventory, we have a BEAUTIFUL 2010 Mazda 3! This 3 is red, sitting on alloy wheels with GREAT tread, matched inside with a CLEAN tan cloth interior! Powered by a fuel efficient 2.5L 4 cylinder motor, paired with a SMOOTH automatic transmission, and is capable of seeing upwards of 29 MPG! LOADED with tons of features, like the power windows, power mirrors, ICE cold A/C, HOT heat, and that's just for starters! Premium surround sound speaker system, with AM/FM radio, CD player, CD changer, MP3 playback capable, and even has a built in auxiliary cord hook up! With so many features, and so much left to still see, you DO NOT want to miss out on a deal this great! So hurry and call, or stop by TODAY to schedule your test drive before you miss your chance to own this EFFICIENT, 2010 Mazda 3!

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Much has changed, but the 2010 Mazda 3 remains more entertaining and sophisticated than its price tag would suggest. If you're shopping for a small, inexpensive sedan or hatchback, it should be at the top of your list.

vehicle overview

"Whatever you do, don't screw it up." Such is the prevailing sentiment whenever one ventures to follow up a successful first try, yet the second go-round often turns out to be a disappointment. The original Mazda 3 was a huge success in terms of sales and critical praise, and it only grew stronger as time wore on. As such, the redesigned 2010 Mazda 3 seemed like a prime candidate for sequel failure. Happily, though, the new 3 is a delight, more "Empire Strikes Back" than "Caddyshack 2."

The biggest fear for many was that the new model wouldn't be as fun to drive as its predecessor. Thankfully, that attribute is still firmly intact. The underlying platform is mostly unchanged, save for the added use of high-strength steel and a retuned version of the suspension, which combine to give the new 3 better body control without any additional ride harshness. The steering remains communicative and confidence-inspiring, while the amount of vibration transmitted to the driver's hands has been reduced. The result is a more polished version of what was already a highly refined and fun car.

The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder remains unchanged in terms of power, but fuel economy has improved thanks to a new five-speed automatic transmission. While not quite at the gas-sipping level of the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the new 3 can no longer be slagged for relatively gluttonous fuel consumption. The bigger four-cylinder gets pumped up to 2.5 liters and a healthy 167 horsepower, and its fuel economy improves by 1 mpg on the highway. These are two of the peppiest power plants found in the economy sedan class.

The biggest changes are on the styling front, with an all-new exterior and interior covering the 3's virtually unchanged dimensions. The smiley front end has garnered mixed reactions, but at least there's a rational explanation for it -- Mazda designed it to maximize aerodynamics for increased gas mileage and decreased wind noise. The flared wheel arches are an obvious Mazda family cue, while the tail ends of both sedan and hatchback body styles are curvier evolutions of their predecessors. The interior is less controversial, with a more modern, eye-catching design and improved materials. Uninitiated passengers might even mistake the cabin of the Mazda 3 in fully loaded Grand Touring guise for that of an entry-level luxury sedan.

For those who find the 3's ride too firm or its interior controls too complicated, the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic are good alternatives. The Volkswagen Rabbit and Jetta could also be considered against the 3's trim levels. Nonetheless, the 2010 Mazda 3 remains our top choice in the economy sedan category thanks to its pleasing driving demeanor, strong powertrains, ample equipment, excellent quality and versatile body styles. Far from screwing it up, Mazda has made the new 3 a thoroughly satisfying sequel.

trim levels & features

The 2010 Mazda 3 is available in four-door compact sedan and hatchback body styles.

The 3i model (sedan only) is offered in SV, Sport and Touring trim levels. Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, a 60/40 fold-down rear seatback, height-adjustable driver seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering column, power windows and mirrors, and a four-speaker stereo with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and steering-wheel controls. The 3i Sport adds air-conditioning, a temperature display and the option of an automatic transmission. The 3i Touring adds 16-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, power door locks, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connection, and a six-speaker stereo.

The 3s Sport (available as sedan and hatchback) adds to the 3i Touring a bigger engine, different front and rear fascias, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, dual exhausts, rear lip spoiler, more aggressively bolstered front seats, upgraded upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, trip computer and electroluminescent gauges. The 3s Grand Touring adds automatic bi-xenon headlights with auto-leveling and corner swivel illumination, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery and an eight-way power driver seat with driver memory functions.

Optional on the 3i Touring and all 3s trims is the Moonroof & Bose package that adds a sunroof and a 10-speaker surround-sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer. The Tech package available on the 3s includes keyless ignition/entry, satellite radio and a navigation system with steering wheel controls and a small, high-mounted display screen. Satellite radio is also a dealer-installed option on any Mazda 3, as is an iPod interface.

performance & mpg

The 2010 Mazda 3i comes with a 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 148 hp and 135 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is standard, while a five-speed automatic is optional on all but the 3i SV. Estimated fuel economy is 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with the automatic -- the manual improves by 1 mpg city. This is a few miles per gallon less on the highway than class leaders.

The Mazda 3s is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 good for 167 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard here, with a five-speed automatic optional. In performance testing, a manual-equipped 3s went from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. Estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with the automatic (21 mpg city with the manual). Both fuel economy and acceleration are on par with similarly powerful small cars.

safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2010 Mazda 3 includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Stability and traction control are standard on all trims above 3i Touring, and not available on the 3i SV and 3i Sport. In testing, the 3s Grand Touring came to a stop from 60 mph in 127 feet -- a decent performance for this type of car.

driving

The 2010 Mazda 3 has refined road manners that will likely come as a pleasant surprise to most economy car shoppers. Thanks to its performance-oriented chassis tuning, the 3 is blessed with minimal body roll and a healthy amount of grip on twisty blacktop, and the steering is quick and communicative. In the real world, this translates into a greater sense of driver confidence. The 3's highway ride is smooth enough to please most commuters, although drivers who prefer softly sprung compacts like the Toyota Corolla might think the 3 is too firm.

The beefed-up 2.5-liter engine in 3s models is the same one that powers the midsize Mazda 6. It's a wise choice for driving enthusiasts or those downsizing from a bigger, more powerful car. The smaller four-cylinder found in the 3i still isn't quite as fuel-efficient as those found in the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, but it's a bit more powerful.

interior

The 2010 Mazda 3 is a class leader in terms of interior design, quality and feature content. Most Mazda 3 sedans and hatchbacks won't be optioned-out Grand Touring models, but they'll still greet their owners with high-quality materials, comfortable seats, ample space and easy-to-reach controls. However, the stereo controls in particular aren't as simple as those in a Civic or Elantra. The optional navigation system features a relatively small display screen, but it's mounted high and costs much less than rival systems.

The Mazda 3 sedan is less spacious than its competitors, but only slightly so. The front seat offers a wide range of adjustment (especially with the optional power seats), and the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel is a welcome feature. Taller drivers should note that the optional sunroof chews into front headroom considerably. The 3 hatchback would be our body style choice, since it offers all the sedan's high points while adding a greater level of practicality. Trunk space is 17 cubic feet with the hatch, but only 11.8 with the sedan.

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Tired of reviews from people who don't realize the full capability of the Mazda 3 S
mazda2go, 10/10/2011
I had been researching new cars under $25 grand for two close friends for almost the past two years. I had owned four new Mazda products in my life and had enjoyed each and every one of them. I had traded in my last Mazda, a 2000 Protégé ES, for my dream car which was the new 2005 Ford Mustang. Running errands on a day off during the workweek, I ran across a local Mazda dealership rotating their inventory on their lot. Someone was pulling a Crystal White Pearl Mica 3 S hatchback out of the showroom onto the lot. It caught my eye due to already having had the windows tinted. After finishing my errands, I headed back to the dealership and was approached by the sales lady while texting and sending pictures of the vehicle and window sticker to my friends. It was equipped with the Moonroof/Bose package as well as the 5-speed Sport Automatic transmission and had the black cloth interior. She talked me into taking it for a test drive even though I was not purchasing , only looking for my friends. needless to say, the test drive lasted over thirty minutes and consisted of various types of roads as well as taking it up on the interstate. As much as I had coveted my Ford Mustang, I was thoroughly impressed with the 2010 Mazda 3 S hatchback. So much so, that I left the lot in my new Mazda 3 S on September 8th of 2010. I have had my Mazda for over a year and waited until now, October 10, 2011 to write an accurate review. I have read many mixed reviews with, in my honest opinion, inaccurate information that I do want to clear up. First off, this is a COMPACT car. You need to sit in it, front and back to see if it is right size for you. There is no logical reason to try to put 10 pounds of lard in a 5 pound jar or to put a 12 foot tree in a room with an 8 foot high ceiling. Enough said. Second, it's not going to break the speed barrier. It has a 2.5 liter 152 cubic inch front wheel drive motor that only produces 167 horsepower@ 6000rpm and 168 foot pounds of torque @ 4000 rpm. Its a peppy 4-cylinder motor without a turbo. It will do 0-60 mph in approximately 7.5 to 8.5 seconds depending on having the manual or automatic transmission. If you "need" something quicker the MAZDASPEED 3 is the version for what you want with a turbocharged 2.3 liter 263 hp @5500 rpm with a 6-speed manual. Mazda has this covered for you. Do you really need something quicker? My 2005 Mustang with the 4.0 liter V6 with cold air intake got 17 mpg to 25 mpg and it was running around 225 horsepower at a curb weight of 3300 lbs. On the interstate my Mustang could keep up with a new 2010 Shelby Mustang at twice the price to it's owners dislike. This isn't the Autobahn, so once you are at highway speed a quicker 0-60 and higher top end is irrelevant. It has more than enough power to merge with traffic both on and off the interstate. On an emergency trip to our local vet hospital, I was more than impressed with not only it's speed, but also it's stability and handling. Third, gas mileage is rated at 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for the automatic that I have. I only commute approximately 8 miles each way daily to work and the majority of the time I take the twisty back road where the trip is more "enjoyable". I average 25 mpg. I have gotten as high as 32 mpg on a trip with both interstate as well as bumper to bumper traffic to nearby Pigeon Forge in the Great Smoky Mountains. Curb weight for the Mazda 3 S hatchback with automatic is 3105 pounds. I am quite happy with my gas mileage with my Mazda. You can drive it like a miser or drive it like you stole it. Either way, I enjoy the ride. Fourth, complaints over the size of the NAVIGATION screen. Although mine does not have navigation, the Tom Tom as well as the Garmin have the same size screen. Mazda just places it in the dash for less glare. I can't see justifying the cost where it is included in a package. Fifth, speaking of electronic features in my Mazda 3 S and many car magazine editors reviews of those features, I just have to say this, you are totally unaware of just what all this car will do for you and you have too many cars to drive at one time. With the Bluetooth feature, it synced up perfectly and easily with my iPhone 3GS. Controls on the left side of the steering wheel will not only answer and disconnect the call for you, but it can initialize a call by voice commands by speaking the number or by programming in your favorite numbers to call. You can also increase or decrease the volume of calls as well as the audio system here. Criticisms over the USB being an extra cost option, with the iPhone it connects thru the stereo via the Bluetooth feature sounding as if it was hardwired into the stereo. There is also a button on the left side of the steering wheel to scroll thru your favorite channel settings next to the volume button. Sixth, winter traction in snow with the factory tires. I read so many negative reviews, I figured that someone, especially someone that worked for an automotive magazine would know how to effectively drive in the snow. Due to having 17 inch tires, snow tires in that size were not an option so I purchased a set of low profile tire chains for under $100. Needless to say, I did practice installing them so that I would be ready in case I needed them, which I do recommend. I did not have to use them when driving in 4 to 6 inches of snow. If you drive according to the weather and road conditions, you should have no problems getting to your destination in the Mazda 3.
Coming up to 100k
diehard080, 2/16/2015
This Atkinson cycle 2.5 duratec engine was originally only used in the 6 and Mazda filled the gap for 2 years with this engine / transmission ( auto ) until the release of the sky active engines which set every other manufacturer running scared . The volcano top proprietary intake system on the sky active launched Mazda into the stratosphere . That said - this duratec engine was still solid and built to last . Mazda used oem Dino oil in 2010 in this engine but I let it ride and get broken in until 10k then switched to Mobil- 5-20 after I determined the engine was properly seated ( same viscosity ) and have done so every 3-5 k miles - that's about 27 oil changes - then in 2011 same engine same car oem oil was full syn 0-20 !!! engines are simple - it's got a lifetime timing chain and self adjusting dohc so keep an eye on your easily replaceable air filter and the one external drive belt the turns your alt : ac compressor and you are solid . The most misunderstood part of any modern car in the automatic transmission service - most owners manuals say squat about thier maintenance- including this beauty - why ? Ok ... in laymens terms you have heat and pressure actuating the drive transfer ~ the fluid // if you abuse your transmission ,it will suspend particles off of the wearing transmission contact slip points and that " soup " will let the tranny continue to function until one day - kaput - anywhere from 75k -150k -but here's the real solution. - when you ask your service advisor what to do about flushing / replacing you will get the answer usually " well the owners manual doesn't ..." they look forward to replacing it instead - what you do -before you create that soup of particles , drive the car with respect and don't hammer it with full throttle acc , use common sense . Then before it's too late flush even when clean ( your advisor will say oh it's fine ) - not ! Full flush every 30k - about 150$ - just do it - keep it clean - they will try to scare you because they are scared and know if it's too soupy and you flush. ~ guess what - they gotta rebuild it hopefully under warranty - so engine / trans 101 done ~ this car was inherently designed to be low maintenance, but take pride in ownership and this body style ( 2010-2011 in now getting the attention. The pr spinners at Honda / Toyota wanted to snuff out -people sit and stare and my car and many so compelled come up and ask " what year is that and can I still find one ? " yeah good luck ~ they were underrated and an awesome value - you couldn't pry this car from my dead fingers .every car has an Achilles heel - this one is city mileage - good - poor ,,,, freeway great ! So I'm ok with that . But after 8 years what I love even more is not having all that interactive safety stuff that I think causes drivers to be anesthetized . Back up this. Blind spot that .. bs ...pay attention , now you can't find a car without that stuff ( of this caliber )- this is a drivers car ~ I've driven almost everything - Ferraris , bmws , mbz , and if given a choice for real world reliability , fun factor and practacillity ~ the bar was set high my Mazda this year - stunning - people often don't reckognixe greatness in vehicles until they prove themselves years down the road < Bmw 1969 2002 , 1987 Audi 4 Quattro , 89 VW gti to name a few - add this to that list ~ yes they still make Great cars , but they need to be very close to a dealer to keep running right - tsk tsk. ~ if you have one covet it - if you want one better adopt quick and give that love - it's worth it !
Gets better N better
diehard080, 3/28/2012
Yes its been 2 years since my 2010 was purchased as I traded my 2008 . This car has not failed to continue keeping me looking forward to my next drive . Its broken in properly as I polled the white tape off the paint myself with 2 miles on the odometer. I see people that have cars they complain about and usuall with a car this solid built 100% in Japan there 1 of 2 things going on here . #1 they work for Toyota or Honda and hate Mazdas becuase they rock the socks off those granny mobiles or you bought a Mazda with 10-15 demos thats been hammered into hell by the salespeople and non-buyers that just want to floof a new car and ruin the engine by doing so .These are top notch rides
30K mile UPDATE-
diehard080, 10/11/2012
I have revirewed my 2008 versus this 2010 and already have concluded it just that much better. I will focus on the passing of time,servicing and performance continuity. I replaced the Avid-Yoko's which I found on the harsh side like the previous 08-09 suspension set-ups but slightly more ameinable to all-around driving with a bias towards all-out sports car tuned firmness. I installed Bridestones new Pole Position S-04's and even though the overall tire is heavier at 70-90mph this car is silent and super-stable at 85 I'm turning 2900 rpms and its not even breathing hard -this damn 2.5 wants to be ridden to 120+ and sprout wings. Everyting else is tight and right ! Just oil/filter and gas .
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Features & Specs

MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
167 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
21 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
167 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
167 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
21 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
167 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 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
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2010 Mazda 3
Used 2010 Mazda 3 Overview

The Used 2010 Mazda 3 is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A), i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A), s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A), s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A), s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A), s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M), i SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M), s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M), s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A), and s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M).

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