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2010 Mazda Mazda3 Grand Touring

2010 Mazda Mazda3 Grand Touring

Lou Ann Hammond, Tue, 29 Jun 2010 02:23:46 PDT

There's no more fun in the automotive world then when you get a car that drives well. This is the case of the Mazda Mazda3 4-door grand touring . Mazda has a great engine, and they combine it with low-reving fun to drive catch me if you can transmission.

There are three models the Mazda 3i, 3s,MAZDASPEED3. There are four trim levels, SV,Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Two engines are available.

SV 4DR - 5 speed Manual transmission only (starting at $15,345)

Sport 4DR - 5 speed Manual transmission & 5 speed Automatic (starting at $16,255)

Touring 4DR - 5 speed Manual transmission & 5 speed Automatic (starting at $17,925)

Add a $750 delivery charge to any of the cars

The i model fuel economy is 25 city /33 highway for the manual transmission, and 24 city/33 highway for the automatic.

Sport 4DR - 6 speed Manual transmission & 5-speed Automatic (starting at $19,185)

Grand Touring 4DR - 6 speed Manual transmission and 5-speed Automatic (starting at $21,645)

Sport 5DR - 6 speed Manual transmission and 5-speed Automatic (starting at $19,685)

Grand Touring 5DR - 6 speed Manual transmission and 5-speed Automatic (starting at $22,145)

Add a $750 delivery charge to any of the cars

The s model fuel economy is 21 city /29 highway for the manual transmission, and 22 city /29 highway for the automatic.

Sport 5DR Hatchback- 6 speed Manual transmission (starting at $23,340)

Add a $750 delivery charge to any of the cars

The Mazdaspeed3 is only offered in 6-speed manual and the fuel economy is 18 city /25 highway miles per gallon.

2.0-liter DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT, gives you 148 @ 6500 rpm horsepower. If you order the cleaner emission PZEV engine you will get 144 @ 6500 rpm horsepower. The torque is 135 @ 4500 rpm, and 132 @ 4500 rpm on the PZEV model. The transmissions available are a 5-Speed Manual, or a 5-speed electronically-controlled Sport Automatic.

2.5-liter DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT, gives you 167 @ 6000 rpm horsepower. If you order the cleaner emission PZEV engine you will get 165 @ 6000 rpm horsepower. The torque is 168 @ 4000 rpm, and 167 @ 4000 rpm on the PZEV model. The available transmissions are a 6-speed manual, or a 5-speed electronically-controlled Sport Automatic.

2.3-liter Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) Turbocharged 16-valve 4-cylinder will give you 263 @ 5,500 rpm horsepower and 280 lb.-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. The only available transmission is the 6-speed manual.

Competitors are Audi A3, Dodge Caliber, Kia Forte, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mini Cooper and even the Suzuki Kizashi.

Talking about competitors for the Mazda3 is usually comparing price or horsepower, what you can't compare on a spreadsheet is drivability. The drivability, the power/torque you get between 20-40mph is great for a non-turbo engine. The top gear (6th) is tall enough to still get good mileage.

But the best part of the Mazda Mazda3 is the smiley face grille. The grille is refreshingly upbeat compared to the meaner is better grille of the competitors.

They're small but annoying. When I turn off the car I have to press a button to get the key out of the steering column. I'm sure it is some safety feature, but I don't like it.

The other annoying little item is there is no way to open the trunk from the trunk. You either have to have the key in your hand and press the trunk opener, or go around to the front door and push the trunk opener.

There is no center console iPod control. All you can do is plug in your iPod and press the AUX button and it will play your iPod through the speaker system. You have to manually control the iPod yourself.

There are plenty of cars in this segment to choose from, but the Mazda3 still has the zoom-zoom.

 


2010 Mazda Mazda3


Mazda3 is ready for a driver


rear interior shot


still have room to bring along the fun things

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