2007 Mazda Mazda3

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$13,895

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2007 Mazda Mazda3

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Stylish appearance (especially the hatchback)
  • Steering and handling
  • Driving ease
  • Front occupant space

The bad:

  • Instrument readability
  • Backseat space
  • Engine noise on hard acceleration
  • Seat comfort

7 trims

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Notable features

  • 2.0- or 2.3-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Sporty Mazda styling and personality
  • Standard auxiliary audio input
  • Standard 12-volt power outlets

2007 Mazda Mazda3 review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:


Not long ago, I wrote about the Mazdaspeed3, Mazda’s 263-horsepower hot-rod version of its entry-level car. A reader e-mailed, wondering if it was really worth the price premium over a regular Mazda3 S model: The Mazda- speed3 I tested listed for almost $25,000, and they’ve been so scarce this year that some dealers have added their own markups to the car.

I told the reader that for me, a regular midlevel version of the Mazda3 was so entertaining that I’d be hard-pressed to justify the extra money, especially since the best you could likely hope for with the Mazdaspeed3 is to pay list price, while you can expect a healthy discount on the regular version.

After a week with a Mazda3 S Touring, I’m pretty comfortable with that answer. While this car isn’t the athlete the Mazdaspeed3 is, or even the Honda Civic Si, it’s a blast to drive for what it costs. I’m not sure there’s a better sub-$20,000 value for those who insist on having fun behind the wheel.

The test car was a sedan version, as opposed to Mazda’s wagon like hatchback, which I like just as well. The engine is a willing, eager 2.3-literfour-cylinder with 156 horsepower, and the transmission is an exceptionally smooth five-speed manual. You can get an automatic transmission, but the manual is so good that I’d stick with it and save $950.

As it is, the test car started at $18,425, and that gets you a lot of equipment, including stability control, traction control, anti-lock disc brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, fog lights, power windows and locks and a good six-speaker stereo. Options on the test car were a package that adds a power sunroof and a six-disc CD changer ($890), and Sirius satellite radio ($430). With shipping, list price was $20,340.

If you are slightly less interested in performance, the Mazda3 I starts at less than $15,000, and has a 2.0-liter, 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine. It isn’t as sporty as the S — different suspension, 15-inch tires and wheels, instead of the 17-inchers on the test car — but for the money, it’s a lot of car, though beware that air conditioning is an option.

On the road, the test car is taut and nimble — it’s really surprising that this car has been around in the same basic form since 2004 but still feels fresh. Handling is quite European — this platform was, after all, developed there — with a nice mixture of comfort and road feel. Inside, the sound system — typical for Mazda — is not particularly intuitive, but other instruments and controls are fine. The cloth-covered bucket seats are supportive and firm. Rear-seat room is acceptable for a car this size, as is trunk space.

There are newer models on the market, and even at list price, the Mazda3 S Touring is exceptionally appealing. But figuring in a nice discount given the age of the model, it goes from being a good buy to one of the best bargains out there.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Almost at 200k miles.

My 2007 mazda 3 2.3 automatic is about to hit 200k miles. I bought it used when it had 30k miles. I have done all maintenance myself. The only thing major that has went wrong was transmission control module. I ordered off amazon and replaced myself for fraction of cost. Currently my sunroof is broken but i do not care as long as its closed. My only complaint would be car is not insulated well from outside noise.

3.3

Used to love this car.

I have own this car for 11 years now and only put 124,000 miles on it. It has been a local driver and I maintained or serviced it when it was due. My only issue is the transmission is going out. It will jerk or buck when switching between 3rd to 4th gear. I found out this is a common problem with this vehicle to the point where Mazda has replaced the transmission for free if it is still under warranty. My car unfortunately is 13 years old and over the 100,000 miles warranty so I do not qualify. Just makes me sad that I took very good care of this car and I loved driving it but I will probably be looking for another vehicle soon. I did get my money worth for having it as long as I did so that is great I suppose.

4.4

Great Lightweight Car

This car is absolutely amazing, it gets me where I need to go, handles well and has been very reliable. Lightweight but I don't feel unsafe in it at all. Great bose sound system. love the red backlighting, it was probably my favorite part because I dislike blue lighting in a vehicle- it's distracting.

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