2009 Mazda Mazda3

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16 reviews
Available Price Range $4,111-$10,771 Trims8 Combined MPG 25-28 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2009 Mazda Mazda3

Our Take

Built on the same platform as the Volvo S40, the compact, front-wheel-drive Mazda3 is a premium compact sports car. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine goes into the Mazda3 i sedan, while the Mazda3 s... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 2.0- or 2.3-liter four-cylinder
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Sporty Mazda styling, personality
  • Standard auxiliary audio input


Our Expert Reviews

The first-generation Mazda3's viability shows automakers that this is how you do it: Come out with a car that's so competitive when it's new that it's still a good choice years down the line. It also shows car shoppers that they don't necessarily have to wait for the redesigned 2010 Mazda3, due in the first quarter of 2009. Mazda ceased production of 2009 models at the ... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.0 out of 5

Based on 16 reviews

Fun to drive - great features-great value

by Texas' driver from Dallas,TX on February 15, 2009

After driving a Toyota for 12 years, and after test driving the 09 Corolla, 09 Civic and the 09 Mazda 3, no doubt the Mazda 3 has the best features, more power and nice gas economy. The engine (manual... Read Full Review

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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