Best Bet
(4.7) 68 reviews
MSRP: $4,598$11,806
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 25-29
Engine: 144-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2010 Mazda Mazda3

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

7 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.