2010 Mazda MAZDA3 User Reviews
i Touring 4-Door shown
- $7,741 - $11,321
- No trim specified for this review
- Solid feel, Steering/Handling, Ride, Power, Styling
- Small rear view mirror, radio if no BOSE package, bluetooth
Purchased As New
Just traded in my 2007 Mazda3s Grand Touring 4 door for the 2011 Hatchback sport model. Wanted something a little different. Was looking at Mini Coopers, but just too small. Very happy i made the right choice with another trouble free Mazda product. 95% built in Japan. ZERO issues with last one...just reg oil changes with Mobil 1. The new car i have to say is almost night and day from the last, and i truley LOVED that car. It has such a solid feel to it and rides great. I know they come with different brand tires and ive tried several on past cars and that is what gives you the type of ride and feel for a car. These have sporty Yokohoma tires, which im sure would be terrible in the winter. However, i used Blizzaks on my last one and it was like AWD in the winter.. change to winter tires people!
As for QUALITY/RELIABILITY.. Import product with very good reviews. This is my 5th car in 8 yrs. Ive owned a VW GTI, HONDA CIVICS, SCION TC, and TOYOTA CELICA and the previous Mazda3. I would never go back to Honda based on style, drive feel, after owning Mazda products. Only for quality and resale are they great in. The VW was the worst btw, but fun to drive. Most trouble free car was the previous Mazda3.
So far, since going from a loaded car ( leather/Bose/Sunroof) to one with not as many extras, ive noticed that it would have been worth getting the upgrade to the radio for sound quality. The base radio isnt the best. Im thinking strongly on putting in better speakers. Also the bluetooth can be a slight pain. Other than those two issues im perfectly happy with it. Gas mileage is expected to not be the best in class, but not awful either.
Pros are the paint quality is excellent, always get comments on the MICA/PEARL coat finishes they use. Driving position/ feel is like driving a sports car, when i can be hauling four people and luggage to boot. Versatility with folding seats and hatchback. HANDLING is superb, and i do like the auto sport shift, going from a manual. VALUE..i got such a great car for the money. Nothing out there interested me currently except maybe the new 2012 Ford Focus, which isnt really out yet.
Will update more later.. NOW GO DRIVE ONE!
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