Used 2009 Mazda 3 Consumer Reviews - 86 Car Reviews | Edmunds

Consumer Reviews

2009 Mazda 3

View reviews for a specific 3 model:

sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
Love my M3
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Ed
on

Vehicle

2009 Mazda 3 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

My Mazda M3 is more than I could ask for in value. As a previous Protege Owner the M3 is great. I am having problems with the clutch pedal position and think other comments about finding the gears is from the pedal being too far forward and you have to lift your from the left side foot rest. I am looking for an alternate pedal or will actually modify it myself. The pedal needs to be further back behind the foot rest so you can pivot with your heal, and not have to lift your foot forward and bring your knee up. That is why people are having a hard time finding the gear because they are clutching the way they should but the throw is off on the pedal/


Best Features

Suspension and acceleration with a standard and small litre motor. The design is great, and dashboard instruments awesome.


Worst Features

Clutch pedal needs to be modified for correct throw. Pedal is too far forward.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Love my Mazda
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By buckeye 4ever
on

Vehicle

2009 Mazda 3 i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Decided to buy my first Mazda after studying Consumer Reports - so far not disappointed. Like others, the road noise is very noticeable but the car is alot of fun to drive. Only have had 2 issues with car so far (very minor). Was told that the brakes accumulate rust every morning with the humidity but after applying the brakes a few times, is gone (was told this was normal with Mazda's)and also thought had problem with braking system (icon was lite) but turned out to be low tire pressure. Icons almost identical (not good) and was told at dealership they get someone everyday with the same issue. Otherwise, this will be a great car for my daughter when she starts driving. (ugh the thought)


Best Features

Physical appearance - sporty drive - mp3 capability - huge glove box


Worst Features

doors automatically locking after putting in gear, longer arm rest


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

typical mazda, great for the $$
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By mike w
on

Vehicle

2009 Mazda 3 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Have owned a number of Mazdas over the yrs, all good except the American built 1999 626 - it was junk. Mazda 3 is recommended by me and i do lots of driving. problems ... rear view mirror set too low from dealership, almost wrote off car on third day due to blind spot ... hesitates on a damp mornings going up hills. dealership said knew nothing about it, until i gave them a list of 4 other mazda owners with same problem, and they admitted they all do it. I can live with it, but am careful to put in decent brand name gas, that helps. .... seats are a bit worn after 18 months and underside of glove box all scratched otherwise, its fantastic, too bad they changed the body style this yr


Best Features

fav features, decent stereo system, good gas mileage, people always comment that it looks great. fits the family, and i look good driving by myself. no blind spots and fun to drive. looks like its worth more than it it. really good car.


Worst Features

fix the hesitation on the cold mornings going up inclines, you know they all do it, so fix it.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

a detailed look
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Jimmy P
on

Vehicle

2009 Mazda 3 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I got the '09 M3i, 2.0 manual. I deliver pizza and do a lot of driving. I've driven nice cars; a porche, some bmw's and a few other nice cars so I'm trying to be completely objective with my review and will break down my scoring on the scale above. Performance: zippy, but not real fast, can't hang with the big boys but the handling is superb, which brought the score up to a 7/10. Comfort: I drive for HOURS! I'm never uncomfortable. 7/10. Fuel economy: I avg 27 mpg...depending on the use of AC and if i'm driving like a maniac which i sometimes do. 350-290 miles per tank.(usually around 320). 7/10. Fun to drive: that the handling is so surprisingly responsive combined


Best Features

with decent acceleration and power the whole seems greater than the sum of it's parts and is a joy to drive. 8/10. Interior design: handsome, well put together and steering wheel cd/radio controls make it feel better than what you payed for it. needs more though. 7/10. Exterior design


Worst Features

that's subjective as everyone has their own tastes, but I find the front beautiful...the back is ok, kinda stubby but overall an attractive vehicle. 7/10. Build quality And Reliability: 9/10. I put 10,000 miles on it, drive it every day and drive it hard and have not had one single problem.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Awesome car.
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Devin
on

Vehicle

2009 Mazda 3 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

This is my first car, and as such I am simply glad to have one, but I have fallen in love with pretty much every aspect of the car. It has very good handling and a fairly peppy engine, although it is not a Corvette by any means. The aesthetics are very high quality and good looking both inside and out. Mine came with a 4 speaker audio system, but for a 4 speaker, the sound output is very high quality with rumbling bass and clear trebles. The only gripe I have is that power windows/door locks are only available in higher trim levels costing almost $3000 more. I have also had to replace the gas cap, but apparently this has been redesigned and will not get stuck as my old one did.


Best Features

AUX audio input, steering wheel audio controls, gear speed indicator in speedometer


Worst Features

Offer a "power package" for less than the price of a new trim level.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT