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2010 Mazda Mazda3 Consumer Reviews

4.7
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Very fun

by 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 ...
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 it came with almost everything the GT has with a much cheaper price tag. The stock tires on the S version are garbage. Once I replaced them with some Yokohamas the ride was even more amazing than the initial test drives. I only gave a 3 for reliability as I have only owned the car for 2 months now so I can't really vouch for it. It has really grown on me. It has the guts to get you in and out of the passing lane with the speed and control you need and the smooth drive of when you are just driving your normal routes. I got the Graphite Mica and it is a beautiful car, even when getting it detailed the detailer had nothing but compliments on it. This car makes it actually fun to drive to work now :)
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Outstanding value & performance

by from New Jersey on September 19, 2010

Excellent all-round performance & handling - superior responses compared to GTI. Delighted with purchase - only possible criticizm is yokohama all-weather tires feel harsh on certain surfaces. Would s...
Excellent all-round performance & handling - superior responses compared to GTI. Delighted with purchase - only possible criticizm is yokohama all-weather tires feel harsh on certain surfaces. Would suggest Michelin pilots as replacement for smoother ride. Build quality, fit & finish, fuel economy all excellent. This car is a jewel!
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Good style and value for the money

by from Dallas, TX on September 5, 2010

The car looks nice in white with all the black trim and it looks even better since I've added aftermarket 18" rims which really give it a more sleek and racy look. The soft touch finishes inside give ...
The car looks nice in white with all the black trim and it looks even better since I've added aftermarket 18" rims which really give it a more sleek and racy look. The soft touch finishes inside give it a more upscale look and feel but the latch on the console has broken off after about a month and the fake silver aluminum look trim on the dashboard/console scratch very easilly. I take very good car of my vehicles and the scratches on this trim are already bothering me. I'd prefer more if it were hard black plastic. I just got back from a 1,000 mile roadtrip and it was very comfortable. I use this car for commuting so I needed an inexpensive vehicle that I wouldn't be to upside down in after three years when I typically trade, plus it gets pretty good gas mileage and uses regular unleaded instead of premium unleaded. Mazda did a good job offering style and value for the money.
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'10 Mazda3 is the Bee's Knees

by from Chicago on April 8, 2010

Since I could not get the wife to learn to drive our 08 Miata stick-shift, we traded it in for the Mazda3 HB in mid-January, 2010. We were really surprised how smooth the ride was during the test driv...
Since I could not get the wife to learn to drive our 08 Miata stick-shift, we traded it in for the Mazda3 HB in mid-January, 2010. We were really surprised how smooth the ride was during the test drive and have not been disappointed yet. The GT had all of the bells and whistles we wanted. We looked at the Honda Fit momentarily until we realized there was no OEM heated seat option. I drove it from Chicago through a 10" snow storm in knoxville to Florida and back. It performed flawlessly and the Bluetooth speakerphone option was a joy on the road. It did seem a little noisy, so we took it to Ziebart and got the sound proofing package. It now is so quiet on the road you think you are in a $45k+ luxury auto. I can't get the wife out of the 3 and because I was missing my Zoom-Zoom fix, we went back and bought another Miata GT PHRT and now have no place to park all 3 cars!! We are getting about 26.5 mpg commuting 60 miles round trip per day with the Mazda3 here in the Chicago burbs. In retrospect, we are glad we did not go full out on mileage features and that we did not buy the Prius we were looking at. Peace all .. Pdude
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I Love to Drive Now!

by from New Orleans on August 21, 2010

I used to have a small SUV, and driving around was boring. I never looked forward to it. Now, I just love driving my 6-speed manual Mazda3 Hatchback, even to and from work, and especially on curvy, hi...
I used to have a small SUV, and driving around was boring. I never looked forward to it. Now, I just love driving my 6-speed manual Mazda3 Hatchback, even to and from work, and especially on curvy, hilly roads! I think it handles even better than my husband's BMW. I drive about 50% city and 50% highway. My overall gas mileage is about 25 mpg. Some other models in this class get way better mileage, but they don't have the performance you get with 167 HP! To ease my guilty green conscious, I have been more diligent about recycling.... I have the Grand Touring trim level, and I wish the leather seats were better quality. The leather feels hard, not supple. I also wish the sound system had a mute button. Otherwise, the interior layout is well-designed and ergonomic. I debated between the Sport model and the Grand Touring model, and I am so glad I choose the Grand Touring. The automatic windshield wiper and the seat memory features are incredibly convenient, and the Xenon headlights really make a difference on very dark or curvy roads; the lights turn in the direction that you are turning, offering more illumination in the direction you are going. I worried about downsizing from an SUV to a hatchback, but because the seats fold down very easily, I've found it to be amazingly versatile at carrying around large loads. Overall, I just LOVE this car and am so happy I bought it!
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Lots of flash for not so much cash.

by from Newton, MA on August 12, 2010

I've owned 3 Hondas, a Subaru, and a Volvo, and none of them really can compare to the Mazda3 wagon that I just purchased. I've had it for almost 3 weeks now, and you can't beat the peppiness of the e...
I've owned 3 Hondas, a Subaru, and a Volvo, and none of them really can compare to the Mazda3 wagon that I just purchased. I've had it for almost 3 weeks now, and you can't beat the peppiness of the engine combined with the fuel economy and the overall sporty feel of the vehicle at this price point, and all this with an automatic transmission. Having had a larger wagon and a small SUV, I did have to compromise on cargo space, but for what I spent at the Sport trim level, I got a vehicle with an interior that resembles a VW and an exterior that resembles a Lexus. Bluetooth integration of my phone with the car was effortless, and the trip computer is easy to understand (although the vehicle does come with a very extensive manual). The Bose stereo package is also definitely worth getting, as it's bundled with a moonroof and 6-CD changer. I would definitely recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a small wagon with a tight suspension that's not too stiff to be comfortable on the highway. Definitely check out the Mazda3 if you think the Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta are too small. The only drawback I'd say is that the red colors are difficult to keep clean, but you'll have that happen on any car with that color.
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F U N !

by from Fort Atkinson, WI on April 28, 2011

This car is called the UNcorolla for good reason. It's a blast to drive. The combination of a tight suspension and very responsive steering, when paired with a peppy little 4 cylinder (and I only got ...
This car is called the UNcorolla for good reason. It's a blast to drive. The combination of a tight suspension and very responsive steering, when paired with a peppy little 4 cylinder (and I only got the base engine) ensures a great time on the road if you have a heavy foot. Styling is distinctive and sporty, matching the performance. Downsides are lack of rear legroom and... well that's about it. To me, however, the rear seating is an afterthought. This car isn't about family hauling, it's about fun.
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Looks great, great handling.

by from Chantilly, VA on April 16, 2012

I am enjoying this car; after driving an SUV for 8 years, it's a welcome change. It has a lot of pick up, and runs so smoothly. There is some road noise on rough roads, but it's bearable. No complaint...
I am enjoying this car; after driving an SUV for 8 years, it's a welcome change. It has a lot of pick up, and runs so smoothly. There is some road noise on rough roads, but it's bearable. No complaints about this great looking, gas efficient car.
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Excellent Car

by from Cincinnati, OH on October 21, 2009

I owned a '98 Mazda 626 and finally broke down and got a '10 Mazda3 GT Hatch. With the Tech and Bose package, this is probably the most feature filled small car out there. The Bi-Xenon headlights are ...
I owned a '98 Mazda 626 and finally broke down and got a '10 Mazda3 GT Hatch. With the Tech and Bose package, this is probably the most feature filled small car out there. The Bi-Xenon headlights are the coolest things out there (expensive to replace-$1000each). Pros- -A Mazda3 for everyone. From a 2.0L sedan to the top of the line 2.5L GT. -Features. If you have $25G you can't beat the features. Check out the website for all of them. Quite the list. -Handling. You feel like you could go around any corner at any speed. It instills a sense of confidence I've never felt. -Looks. Polarizing but grows on you. The more I see it the more I love it -Interior. If you're looking at 2009s definitely look at the 2010 before you buy. The '10 looks like a quality car and more mature Cons- -Only FWD. I would have loved to see a AWD option. That is the only thing that I would have liked. -Power Gap. I like the power of the 2.5L, don't get me wrong. But a little more would be nice-maybe around the 220hp range? The SPEED was too much with too high of insurance rates. -Smaller back seats. I'm 20 and have no kids, friends deal with it in the back seat. However it may not be suitable for people over 30 for any length of time. Overall I absolutely love the 2010 Mazda3. The Matrix, Impreza, and Golf/GTI have nowhere near the same features. Plenty of power and looks great. -Don't pay over invoice. I got mine under invoice and with $300 worth accessories included. Right now you can name whatever price you want almost.
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Mazda owner for life

by from Columbus, GA on January 20, 2012

My first car was a Mazda protege and I ran that car almost 400,000 miles before getting a new car my second car was a ford focus and I hated it. After my deployment I decided to get A brand new car an...
My first car was a Mazda protege and I ran that car almost 400,000 miles before getting a new car my second car was a ford focus and I hated it. After my deployment I decided to get A brand new car and decided to get another Mazda. I've only have my car for just over two years but I love it and it suns great. I have the Bose package and it sounds amazing. Bluetooth makes listening to whatever I want easier. I got the upgrade package on almost everything and it makes the car much more enjoyable. Thank you mazda for the great Car
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