2010 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Mazda 3 - Road Test Specs

2010 Mazda 3 Hatchback

(2.5L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2010
ModelMazda 3
Styles Grand Touring 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$22,145
Options on test vehicleMoonroof/6-CD/Bose Package ($1,395 -- includes sunroof, in-dash six-CD changer, 10-speaker Bose surround sound system); Technology Package ($1,195 -- includes navigation system, color display screen, keyless ignition/entry, satellite radio, perimeter alarm).
As-tested MSRP$24,760


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,489cc (152 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.7
Redline (rpm)6,250
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)167 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)168 @ 4,000
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3.454; II=2.059; III=1.392; IV=1.030; V=0.837; VI=0.717; R=3.198; Final=4.105


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.2:1
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelAvid S34
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP205/50R17
Tire size, rearP205/50R17
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.1
0-60 mph (sec.)8.1
0-75 mph (sec.)11.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.0 @ 86.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)119
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)SC OFF = 66.8; SC ON = 64.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)SC OFF = 0.86; SC ON = 0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.6
@ Full throttle (dB)75.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe trick here is to produce enough wheelspin to keep the engine from bogging down, but not too much to spin the tires needlessly. Shifter is smooth and accurate, but the throws are a little long. Some cam phasing apparent at about 4,200 rpm. Also, there's some sort of clutch damper (?) that smoothes/slows each upshift.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsAmazingly consistent and fade-free brakes. Pedal effort is spot-on -- straight and steady stops. Some nosedive, but not too much.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsExcellent balance on the skid pad with only throttle input needed to change direction and maintain arc. Steering could offer more feel and load-up. With ESP on, the brake application and throttle closing produced an identical 0.86 orbit. In the slalom, there's a useful amount of understeer built into this chassis, but it's a pretty fine line between chucking past cones and catching it with a "dab of oppo" and sliding right past the next cone. Excellent control and reflexes right at the limit. ESP on is a marvelous option to have.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)56.44
Wind (mph, direction)3.75 crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 city/29 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.02
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,005
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,048
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.4/39.6
Length (in.)177.4
Width (in.)69.1
Height (in.)57.9
Wheelbase (in.)103.9
Track, front (in.)60.2
Track, rear (in.)59.6
Turning circle (ft.)34.2
Legroom, front (in.)42.0
Legroom, rear (in.)36.2
Headroom, front (in.)38.1
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.0
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)17.0


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 airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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