2008 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Handles great, but not perfect

2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Handles great, but not perfect
By kyjd75 on


2008 Mazda 3 New s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)


This car handles fabulously! I've owned great handling cars for years (BMW 528, Nissan Zs, Mustang GTs, etc.). This car can hold its own with any of them--that makes it worth it for me. However, it is not perfect. I've had some problems, such as air bag system failure, peculiar engine noises at idle, and paint chipping. It also has lots of road noise as well. Also, gas mileage is good but not great (24 mpg overall). I bought this car for my wife as a supplemental car to her Mustang GT convertible (didn't want to drive it in bad weather). It serves well in that role. Overall, I would recommend this car, but you need to understand what you are getting.

Best Features

Great, great handling. Very comfortable and grippy seats. Very easy to drive and maneuver in city.

Worst Features

lots of road noise. Build quality suspect. Overly complicated audio system.
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