2010 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring Sedan SEMA First Drive Specs | Edmunds

2010 Mazda 3 - Road Test Specs

2010 Mazda 3 Sedan

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


Model year2010
ModelMazda 3
Styles Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$22,250
Options on test vehicleMoonroof, Six-CD and Bose Audio Package ($1,395 ); Sirius Satellite Radio ($430 ); Mazda RX-8 R3 Forged Aluminum Wheels ($4,944); Yokohama Advan Sport Tires 225/40AR19 ($1,172); KW Suspension Variant 3 Coil-Over Kit ($2,145); Prototype Garrett GT2871R Ball-Bearing Turbo With 10 psi of Boost ($1,200+); Mazdaspeed 3 Front Calipers, Mazda 5 Rear Calipers (both with Powerslot rotors $400+); Tri-Point Adjustable Rear Antiroll Bar ($200)
As-tested MSRP$34,136+ (est. excludes custom paint, and installation/tuning labor)


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged Inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,489cc (152 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.7
Redline (rpm)6,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)167 @ 6,000 stock (300 @ 6,000 est.)
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)168 @ 4,000 (300 @ 2,000 est.)
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 3.454; 2nd = 2.059; 3rd = 1.392; 4th = 1.030; 5th = 0.837, 6th = 0.717, FD = 4.105; R = 3.198


Suspension, frontIndependent, KW double-adjustable coil-over MacPherson struts, performance-tuned springs and factory stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink with KW double-adjustable shock absorbers, height-adjustable performance-tuned coil springs and Tri-Point adjustable stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional electric-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.2
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelAdvan Sport
Tire typeHigh-performance summer
Tire size, front225/40ZR19 93Y
Tire size, rear225/40ZR19 93Y
Wheel size19-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialForged aluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.6-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear10.43-inch ventilated disc

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWhile it's not what I'd call torque steer per se, this car has enough power to produce pronounced nibble, wheelspin and general "squirreliness" with anything more than 3/4 throttle. That said, the traction control system can be caught completely on its heels and can only chop the throttle in reaction to the explosive boost only to release its grip right as the turbo is making crazy boost again, at which point it chops throttle, and so on.
Braking commentsPerhaps the most "OEM-feeling" part of the SEMA concept car. There's little idle stroke and intuitive progression that tends to feel more like a pressure- (rather than travel) regulated setup. I like it.
Handling commentsJarring, too stiff, needs attention in a big way. Sure the car looks right sitting lower than stock, but the springs feel too stiff, and the rebound too harsh. It needs to breathe better before it can handle better. I suspect it'd make decent numbers at our test facility with the one exception of the dip/hop at cone No. 3 on our slalom course. Also, detected some tire rub from the front.

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Not available
Edmunds observed (mpg)Not available
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,963
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)Not available
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)Not available
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
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)11.8


Bumper-to-bumperNot available
PowertrainNot available
CorrosionNot available
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear4 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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