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2010 Mazda Mazda3
2010 Mazda Mazda3
Available Price Range $4,790-$11,854 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 25-29 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2010 Mazda Mazda3

Our Take

The Mazda3 has been a sporty alternative for compact-car buyers since it debuted for the 2004 model year. It undergoes its first redesign for the 2010 model year and is still offered in sedan and four-door hatchback forms. The 2010 Mazda3 has all-new exterior and interior styling and is now avail... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Fuel economy compared to other small cars
  • Clown-faced front-end styling
  • Faux-metal interior trim
  • Too much lumbar support for some
  • Navigation system too small
  • Somewhat firm ride

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2010
  • New 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Optional navigation system


Our Expert Reviews

The redesigned Mazda3 will impress driving enthusiasts, and it improves upon its predecessors in a number of other areas. If I were in the market, it would be high on my list. But these days, my backbone does as much as my right foot to sway my opinion — and I have to concede that Mazda doesn't have the most comfortable small car out there.I drove a Mazda3 sedan with an automatic tr... Read full review for the 2010 Mazda Mazda 3

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Consumer Reviews


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Very fun

by Wrathwitch from British Columbia, Canada on June 13, 2010

This was my first Mazda. I was going to buy a Honda Fit for the hatchback room, but as soon as I test drove the Mazda there was no going back. I went with the Sport (just down from the GT) version as ... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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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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