2010 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Mazda 3 - Road Test Specs

2010 Mazda 3 Sedan

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


Model year2010
ModelMazda 3
Style4dr Sedan s Grand Touring (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$21,265 (est)
Options on test vehicleMoonroof & Bose package (includes Centerpoint 10-speaker audio system with Audiopilot, six-CD changer and moonroof with one-touch open), Technology package (full-color multi-information display with compact navigation, Sirius Satellite Radio, advanced keyless entry system, push-button start and perimeter alarm)
As-tested MSRP$21,915 (est)


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,488cc (152 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.7
Redline (rpm)6,200
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, independent
Suspension, rearMultilink, independent
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.2
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelAvid S34
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP205/50R17
Tire size, rearP205/50R17
Wheel size17-by-7.0 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearSolid disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.0
0-60 mph (sec.)7.9
0-75 mph (sec.)11.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.8 @ 88.03
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.82
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.9
@ Full throttle (dB)76.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAwesome throttle response and good power for a compact "economy" car. Shifter is sometimes a bit cumbersome (missed 3rd once). Overall, very good for the segment.
Braking commentsAn unimpressive stopping distance for a 3. Pedal feel and fade resistance are both very good, but this car lacks the grip to stop as short as it should.
Handling commentsVery good balance. Responds to inputs more like a sports car than a compact. Fun. Needs neutral or open throttle to be stable, but that's just a result of being quite nimble. Very good steering feel with perfect weight. Another impressive handling performance.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)52.12

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 city/29 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,025
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,035
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61/39
Length (in.)180.9
Width (in.)69.1
Height (in.)57.9
Wheelbase (in.)103.9
Track, front (in.)60.2
Track, rear (in.)59.6
Legroom, front (in.)42.0
Legroom, rear (in.)36.0
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)11.8


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 systemNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Available
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Available
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Available
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Available

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