2010 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Great drive on a budget

2010 Mazda 3 Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Great drive on a budget
By Jesse on


2010 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A)


I was looking for a less expensive car to replace my C-class and came down to the Mazda3 or the Acura TSX. Ultimately the Mazda was more fun to drive, but with a less refined interior, for a much lower lease payment. The 5 speed transmission is every bit as brilliant as the MB 7- speed, and shifts a lot quicker in manual mode. The engine is a bit coarse, but low end torque is impressive. Most importantly, the car wants to be tossed through corners. The interior is a bit busy, especially the redundant stereo controls and the outer vents that could have been integrated much more seamlessly into the dash. I like the black exterior (hides the grin a bit) with tan leather.

Best Features

swiveling xenon lamps, Bose stereo, easy folding rear seats, nice wheels, intelligent Bluetooth operation

Worst Features

3-blink turn signals should be programmed on from factory, adj. lumbar support, accessory power after key is removed, remote window opening, one-touch windows all around, better headliner material, better MPG, standard Homelink, match color of two dash screens, better iPod integration
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