Used 2011 Mazda 3 Sedan

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2011 Mazda 3

Pros

  • Benchmark handling
  • energetic 2.5-liter engine
  • stylish, well-equipped interior
  • impressive list of luxury options
  • five-door model affords hatchback utility.

Cons

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

Used 2011 Mazda 3 Sedan for Sale

Mazda 3 2011 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
116,976 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Touring
Anmo Cars
5.4 mi away
List$5,997
Est.Loan: $112/mo
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AC,Auxiliary Pwr Outlet,Child Safety Locks,Cruise,Power Locks,Power Mirrors,Power Steering,Power Windows,Tilt,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,Gasoline Fuel,Anti-Lock Brakes,Drivers Front Airbag,Dual Front Airbags,Keyless Entry,Rear Defroster,Rear Head Air Bag,Side Airbags,Side Head Air Bag,Tire Pressure Monitoring,Traction Control,Variable Wipers
Mazda 3 2011 s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
83,436 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
s Sport
List$7,988
Est.Loan: $149/mo
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Mazda 3 2011 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
50,976 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$8,990
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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Mazda 3 2011 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
98,991 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Sport
Beyond Motors
19 mi away
List$6,495
Est.Loan: $122/mo
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$179 Below Market
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Excellent
Mazda 3 2011 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
148,000 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
s Grand Touring
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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Mazda 3 2011 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
97,127 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
s Grand Touring
AutoPlaza
19.8 mi away
List$7,777
Est.Loan: $145/mo
Great Deal!Great Deal!
$214 Below Market
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<span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***COMPLIMENTARY 3 MONTHS/3,000 MILES ENGINE, TRANSMISSION, DIFFERENTIALS WARRANTY INCLUDED*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';"> <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* GUARANTEED FINANCING * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* VA INSPECTION * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* CLEAN IN AND OUT * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* 4-Cyl, 2.5 Liter * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* WELL MAINTAINED * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* GREAT CONDITION* <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* BLUETOOTH COMPATIBILITY * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* ICE COLD A/C * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* AM/FM RADIO * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* LEATHER INTERRIOR * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* CRUISE CONTROL * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* HEATED SEATS * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* FOG LIGHTS * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* SUNROOF/MOONROOF * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* POWER WINDOWS * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* POWER DOOR LOCK * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Autoplaza offers car buyers competitively priced vehicles and service with a smile. Our friendly and experienced staff will help you find a vehicle that fits your budget and lifestyle. <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Call us today to schedule a test drive! We look forward to serving you and the community for many, many years! <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">We pride ourselves with being the best local used car dealership that offers not only quality used cars, but also best prices in the area. The combination of quality and value in our cars guarantee that you are getting the best deal on a used car in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. Hurry up to call us and schedule your test-drive today! <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***COMPLIMENTARY 3 MONTHS/3,000 MILES ENGINE, TRANSMISSION, DIFFERENTIALS WARRANTY INCLUDED*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***RUNS AND DRIVES PERFECTLY*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***CLEAN IN AND OUT*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***AUTOMATIC 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***HEATED/POWER/LEATHER INTERRIOR*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***POWER WINDOWS/DOOR LOCKS*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***NEW VA SAFETY INSPECTION*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">CALL US FOR ANY QUESTION OR TO SCHEDULE A TEST DRIVE. FOR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE CALL (703) 310-6900 <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">EASY AND GUARANTEED FINANCING PROGRAMS.We offer guaranteed financing no matter how bad your credit is (or no credit at all). We can and will get you approved. If you have questions about submitting online loan application please contact us at (703) 310-6900! <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">About the Company: <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Autoplaza LLC is one of the top pre-owned vehicle dealers in Northern Virginia. We provide quality vehicles of various makes and models with the most competitive prices in the region. Autoplaza LLC is dedicated to make your vehicle shopping experience hassle free and straight forward. With that in mind we fully inspect, service and detail all cars in our lot. We hand pick each and every car from all the sources possible around the area and provide it to you <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Disclaimer: <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Listed price for any car, truck, minivan or SUV does not include Virginia or any other state title, tax, registration fees or $499 processing fee. <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Autoplaza LLC will never sell, share, or spam your mobile number. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
Mazda 3 2011 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
62,853 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
s Sport
List$9,851
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Mazda 3 2011 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
72,359 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
s Grand Touring
List$8,643
Est.Loan: $162/mo
Great Deal!Great Deal!
$238 Below Market
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CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. Silver 2011 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring FWD 5-Speed Automatic 2.5L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V VVT 72359 is 12887 miles below market average! 20/28 City/Highway MPG Ourisman Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge of Alexandria ... We make it easy! We start with a GREAT SELECTION of PREMIUM INVENTORY all listed at BELOW MARKET PRICING and continue on to provide a GREAT SERVICE EXPERIENCE throughout the buying process! All of our prices are BASED ON THE RESEARCH of competitive vehicles in our local marketplace -They are ACCURATE and IN-LINE with what you will find through your own research- This helps to avoid a lengthy back-and-forth negotiation process! WE INVITE YOU TO BUY WITH CONFIDENCE!! Home of The Ourisman Buyers Edge $1500 in unexpected extras. A Free Lifetime engine Guarantee, Loaner Cars with major maintenance and a Car Wash with every service!! Price does not include tax, tag, title, processing fee, or dealer istalled accessories. Call us at 703-329-1600 and remember our Ourisman Lifetime Edge.
Mazda 3 2011 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
96,688 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$7,895
Est.Loan: $148/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 2011 s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
92,119 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
s Sport
(1)
Passport Mazda
33.5 mi away
List$7,800
Est.Loan: $146/mo
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Mazda 3 2011 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
77,680 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$7,988
Est.Loan: $149/mo
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With the largest inventory in the area and GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL, visiting Sullivan Auto Trading just makes sense. We have a professional sales team and ASE certified technicians with many years of experience ready to serve your automotive needs We understand shopping online to find the vehicle that fits your needs is a small part of your goal. We know your #1 priority is to be confident and comfortable with accurate representation in your transaction. Our goal is not to sell you a vehicle, its our vision to earn a long standing relationship with our customers. We believe being a blessing to others is a seed sown to be blessed. We know we are #1 in pricing and vehicle condition in the market. This vehicle has been Virginia State Inspected, fully detailed and evaluated by our ASE Certified Technicians. Free Carfax reports are available for your convenience. We have an outstanding relationship with our Lending Institutions and are extremely competitive with interest rates.Please Call (540-371-9877) all Questions will be answered. Sullivan Auto Trading Inc. is excited to offer this 2011 Mazda Mazda3. Drive home in your new pre-owned vehicle with the knowledge you're fully backed by the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee. The best part about this well-maintained vehicle is that it is a CARFAX one-owner vehicle. The less money you spend at the pump, the more money you'll have to spend on you. So why not consider this wonderfully styled, fuel-efficient Mazda Mazda3. This low mileage Mazda Mazda3 has barely been touched. It's the next best thing to buying new. This pre-owned Mazda Mazda3 looks like new with a clean interior that's been well-kept. Speed is a game changer and this awesome machine is so fast it didn't just change the game, it rewrote all of the rules. This extraordinary find is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone who understands automotive magic. More information about the 2011 Mazda Mazda3: The Mazda3's interior is reason alone to consider it. The Mazda3's appointments are like no other car in its class and feature Mazda's flair for details and materials that are fashionably different. The Mazda3 can be equipped either as a basic, economical sedan in 3i form, or as a sporty-feeling sedan or hatch in 3s trim. Base Mazda3 i models are a great value considering their low starting price, while top-of-the-line 3s Grand Touring models rival entry models from luxury brands and offer some exclusive tech features. Mazda says that the 3 is the first car in its class to offer Adaptive Front Lighting and self-leveling bi-xenon headlamps. Strengths of this model include great steering and handling, 3i model's good fuel economy, Sporty, attractive appearance, and the stylish interior of a more expensive car
Mazda 3 2011 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
106,297 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$7,588
Est.Loan: $142/mo
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You'll love the look and feel of this 2011 Mazda Mazda3 4DR SDN AUTO I SPORT, which features a braking assist, anti-lock brakes, dual airbags, side air bag system, and airbag deactivation. It comes with a 2 liter 4 Cylinder engine. We're offering a great deal on this one at $7,588. With a 4-star crash test rating, this is one of the safest vehicles you can buy. It has the best mileage with 24 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The exterior is a charming silver. View this beauty and our entire inventory today! Call for more details. Contact Information: Buchanan Automotive, 1035 E Main St, Waynesboro, PA, 17268, Phone: (717) 762-3141, E-mail: chevy@buchananisbetter.com. Our Guaranteed Credit approval is backed by a check for $100.00 if you don't ride home in your next vehicle or take your written approval with payments and terms home to review we will cut you a check! Many Certified Pre Owned, commission free
Mazda 3 2011 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
85,960 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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BLACK; CLOTH SEAT TRIM,GUNMETAL BLUE MICA This vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. This outstanding example of a 2011 Mazda Mazda3 i Sport is offered by Autonation Subaru Hunt Valley. CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee is reassurance that any major issues with this vehicle will show on CARFAX report. The impressive Mazda fuel-efficiency will make you quickly realize what you've been missing out on in life. It's noteworthy fuel economy and minimal emissions make this vehicle's value a cut above the rest. The incredibly low mileage and painstaking upkeep on this Mazda Mazda3 makes it a once-in-a-lifetime deal that won't last long! Call us today to reserve your test drive! More information about the 2011 Mazda Mazda3: The Mazda3's interior is reason alone to consider it. The Mazda3's appointments are like no other car in its class and feature Mazda's flair for details and materials that are fashionably different. The Mazda3 can be equipped either as a basic, economical sedan in 3i form, or as a sporty-feeling sedan or hatch in 3s trim. Base Mazda3 i models are a great value considering their low starting price, while top-of-the-line 3s Grand Touring models rival entry models from luxury brands and offer some exclusive tech features. Mazda says that the 3 is the first car in its class to offer Adaptive Front Lighting and self-leveling bi-xenon headlamps. This model sets itself apart with great steering and handling, 3i model's good fuel economy, Sporty, attractive appearance, and the stylish interior of a more expensive car *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.
Mazda 3 2011 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
67,093 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$9,488
Est.Loan: $177/mo
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Mazda3 i Touring, 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V VVT, 5-Speed Automatic, FWD. 2011 Mazda Mazda3 i Touring Red FWD 5-Speed Automatic 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V VVTReviews: * Benchmark handling; energetic 2.5-liter engine; stylish, well-equipped interior; impressive list of luxury options; five-door model affords hatchback utility. Source: EdmundsOdometer is 25767 miles below market average! 33/24 Highway/City MPGBill Kidd's in Automotive in Cockeysville, MD treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern.Perhaps a pre-owned, certified pre-owned vehicle or one of the many other used cars in our Cockeysville lot is the best fit for you. Each is thoroughly inspected by a trained technician and must meet the high expectations of all Bill Kidd's vehicles. Even if we don't carry the precise make and model you really want, we can help you find it. CALL US AT 1-855-422-8115 OR VISIT US 24/7 ON THE WEB AT www.billkidds.com.
Mazda 3 2011 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
115,007 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
s Sport
List$8,183
Est.Loan: $153/mo
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Here`s a fun to drive little car with a lot of character! It has a 2.5L 4 cylinder with a manual transmission! It has BOSE audio system
Mazda 3 2011 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
111,662 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$6,495
Est.Loan: $122/mo
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Mazda 3 2011 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
47,554 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Sport
List$8,788
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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Mazda 3 2011 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A)
67,001 miles
Used 2011
Mazda 3
i Touring
List$9,000
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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SUNROOF !!! Mazda3 i Touring trim, LIQUID SILVER METALLIC exterior and BLACK interior. Bluetooth, CD Player, Alloy Wheels, iPodMP3 Input. SEE MORE!KEY FEATURES INCLUDEiPodMP3 Input, Bluetooth, CD Player, Aluminum Wheels. MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Remote Trunk Release, Child Safety Locks, Steering Wheel Controls. Mazda Mazda3 i Touring with LIQUID SILVER METALLIC exterior and BLACK interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 148 HP at 6500 RPM*.EXPERTS ARE SAYINGApprox. Original Base Sticker Price: $19,000*.OUR OFFERINGSWe are located at 6631 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Faulkner Volkswagen of Mechanicsburg is your Mechanicsburg Volkswagen dealership serving Harrisburg. We are your Harrisburg area VW dealership for new, used and certified pre-owned Volkswagen cars, as well as Volkswagen financing.Pricing analysis performed on 10162018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2011 Mazda 3 provides more driving enjoyment and greater refinement than its affordable 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

When the appearance of the popular Mazda 3 was refreshed last year, its new smiling face didn't immediately win over some people, including us. Of course, the 2011 Mazda 3 looks the same, but now that folks have had a chance to warm up to the perpetually grinning car, it seems that the Mazda 3 is having the last laugh.

The main reason is that the Mazda 3's fun-to-drive personality has been not only preserved but also enhanced as part of last year's makeover. This means the steering is still communicative, the chassis even more athletic and the ride somewhat smoother, with less vibration coming into the cabin. Furthermore, the new-generation car with the base 2.0-liter four is better on gas compared to the older Mazda 3 base model, which was rather thirsty compared to fuel-sippers such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Though the base engine's performance is merely adequate, the available 2.5-liter mill is one of the most responsive and energetic in the segment.

While the exterior of the Mazda 3 might be controversial, the interior is hard to criticize. The 3 has long been known as having one of the nicest cabins in the economy car segment. One might even mistake the interior of a fully optioned Grand Touring version with its interesting design architecture and leather upholstery for that of an entry-level luxury car.

The Mazda 3 is also notable for the number of upmarket features that are available, including bi-xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry and dual-zone automatic climate control. For 2011, the 3's appeal is further increased thanks to the addition of more standard features. All models now have stability control, while the Grand Touring trims receive the formerly optional Bose audio system and sunroof.

That said, the 2011 Mazda 3 might not please everybody, as some drivers could find the 3's ride too firm and the controls too complicated. For them, the 2011 Honda Civic and 2011 Hyundai Elantra are good alternatives. The 2011 Volkswagen Golf and Jetta could also be considered against the Mazda 3's higher trim levels, as the VWs also provide upscale cabins. Nonetheless, the 2011 Mazda 3 remains one of our top picks in the economy sedan class thanks to its pleasing driving demeanor, ample equipment, excellent quality and choice of body styles.

Trim levels & features

The 2011 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 on the SV includes 16-inch steel wheels, a 60/40-split-folding seat, height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, full power accessories 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, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connections, and a six-speaker stereo.

The 3s Sport (available as sedan and hatchback) adds the more powerful 2.5-liter engine, different front and rear fascias, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, dual exhaust tips, rear spoiler, aggressively bolstered front seats, upgraded upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a trip computer and electroluminescent gauges. The 3s Grand Touring adds a sunroof, heated outside mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Bose audio system (with an in-dash, six-disc CD changer), heated front seats, leather upholstery and an eight-way power driver seat.

Some of the Grand Touring features (such as the Bose audio system and sunroof) are available on the lower trims as options. The Technology package (available for the 3s Sport and 3s Grand Touring) includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, keyless ignition/entry, satellite radio and a navigation system (with steering-wheel controls and a small, high-mounted display screen). An iPod interface is available as a dealer-installed accessory.

2011 Highlights

The 2011 Mazda 3 sees some shuffling of its equipment packages. The Grand Touring version loses its formerly standard adaptive xenon headlights but gains the Bose audio system and a sunroof. Also, all trims now have standard stability control.

Performance & mpg

The 2011 Mazda 3i comes with a 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 148 horsepower 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/33 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined with the automatic -- the manual stands at 25/33/28. This is a few mpg 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 8.1 seconds. Estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined with the automatic (20/28/23 with the manual). Both fuel economy and acceleration are on par with similarly powerful small cars.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2011 Mazda 3 includes stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes (with brake assist), active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds testing, the 3s Grand Touring came to a stop from 60 mph in 119 feet -- a solid performance for this type of car.

In government crash tests, the Mazda 3 earned five stars (the highest rating) in frontal impact protection for both driver and passenger. In side impact testing, the 3 scored five stars for the front passengers and four stars for the rear. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the 3 earned the highest rating of "Good" in both frontal-offset and side-impact tests.

Driving

The 2011 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 what's found in the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, but it's a bit more powerful.

Interior

The 2011 Mazda 3 is a class leader in terms of interior design, quality and feature content. Most Mazda 3 hatchbacks and sedans sold won't be the upper Touring and Grand Touring models, but they'll still greet their owners with high-quality materials, comfortable front 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 is a bit tedious to operate and has a small display screen, but we've generally found it to be useful, and it carries a relatively affordable price.

The Mazda 3 sedan is a bit less spacious than its competitors, particularly in back where long-legged people might feel cramped. However, the driver seat offers a wide range of adjustment (especially if equipped with the power adjustments), 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. Cargo capacity (with the rear seats up) is 17 cubic feet with the hatch, but only 11.8 with the sedan.


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Really Quite Impressive
beeminbobby,05/19/2011
I recently decided to impose some voluntary belt tightening in car payments and gas consumption. Over the past 20 years I've driven a number of BMW's, Audi's and Acura's, but "downgrading" to the Mazda 3 really wasn't a big deal. The car is very comfortable and quiet, is relatively fun to drive, and is for sure more reliable than BMW or Audi. No, it doesn't have all the "bells and whistles", performance capabilities, or panache and ego stroke of a BMW, but I also have a car payment that is less than half of what I used to have! Maybe I can retire 5 years sooner now!!
First Mazda and loving it!
ffemt86,06/15/2011
I have always been a Truck and SUV type guy. Well with the cost of fuel and a hour commute every day to work I had to get rid of the jeep and get a car. I looked and found that the Mazda 3 had more for the buck then other cars. After now having it for 3 months I don't think I could of made a better choice. It has plenty of room for the family and I can even keep 2 strollers in the trunk. I average 30 MPG which is nice on the wallet.
To much oil loss
dacrunner,12/19/2011
I purchased a 2011 Mazda3 seven months ago, and have 21,000 miles. My local Mazda dealer has changed the oil every 5,000 miles using 5W20F oil. Every oil change the level has been a quart low. At the 10,000 mile change I ask the service manager to check the level before the oil was drained, he did and confirmed it to be a qt. low. At the 15,000 mile changed they again checked the oil and confirmed it to be a qt. low, and that we had an issue. At 20,000 miles they again said it was low but that was acceptable for my engine. The service manager just called me and said he has it in writing that 1 qt./1500 miles is acceptable for my car and I should be very pleased my car does as well as it is.
Zoom to the Front
NateM,10/10/2010
This is my first brand new car and after a year of researching cars I couldn't help but go with the Mazda. I owned a '90 MX-6 that had 261k on it when I sold it. This car gets compliments at gas stations and in drive-thru's. The gauge cluster invites you into a cockpit that tells you this car wants driven. Handling is world class, power is peppy, and people are amazed when I tell them I have the 6 spd Manual. Love love this car.
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Features & Specs

MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
167 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
25 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
148 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall2 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall2 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger2 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat4 / 5
    Back Seat2 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.9%
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

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