2008 Mazda 3 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Mazda 3 - Road Test Specs

2008 Mazda 3 Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2008
Stylei Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$17,495
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$18,130


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,999cc (122cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum alloy
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)148 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)135 @ 4,500
Transmission type4-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 2.816; II: 1.497; III: 1.000; IV: 0.725


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typePower steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.6:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle RS-A
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP205/50 R17
Tire size, rearP205/50 R17
Wheel size17 front - 17 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated Disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.0
0-60 mph (sec.)9.8
0-75 mph (sec.)14.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.1 @ 82.2
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)119
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.1
@ Full throttle (dB)75.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDiscovered an extra 500 rpm above indicated redline by manually shifting. Resulted in a half-second improvement.
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsFirm, intuitive pedal and good initial bite. Zero fade, minor ABS noise.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsVery sporty steering feel and effort build-up. Easy to place and maintain arc. Highly responsive and agile feeling is matched by performance head and shoulders above norm for this class. Good grip and balance make it fun to run through the cones.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)70
Wind (mph, direction)1.1 @ 243.6

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)23 city/31 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)23.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,811
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,860
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61/39
Length (in.)177.4
Width (in.)69.1
Height (in.)57.7
Wheelbase (in.)103.9
Track, front (in.)60.2
Track, rear (in.)59.6
Legroom, front (in.)41.1
Legroom, rear (in.)36.3
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.0
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.5


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional dual front
Head airbagsOptional
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlNot Available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front3 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear3 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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