2008 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Have fun/save gas

2008 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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i Touring Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Have fun/save gas
By Wallenstein on


2008 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Researched similar vehicles to death, but having owned 2000 and 2002 Proteges with no unscheduled maintenance problems, the 2008 was a no-brainer. It's fast enough, handles as if on rails, driver's seat and position are a great fit. Averaging 34 mpg in mixed Spring driving (I coast a lot downhill). Owner oil and filter changes are not difficult if you have ramps that are not steeply angled. Trade your premium fuel burners. It would be difficult not to like the value in the Mazda3.

Best Features

Handling, fuel economy, ergonomics, slick shifter, sporty looks, no driver-distracting options.

Worst Features

Trunk space is grocery-adequate, but loading angle is a bit awkward. Indentation in center of back bumper for grabbing the trunk lid should be slightly enlarged. Don't need the goofy "HELLO" on the start-up display. At least it doesn't talk.
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