2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

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$22,740

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2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Powerful engine
  • Versatile interior
  • Comfortable bucket seats
  • Many safety features standard

The bad:

  • No all-wheel drive
  • Loud exhaust even when cruising
  • Ancient navigation system

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 263-hp turbocharged engine
  • Stiffened suspension
  • Six-speed manual

2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Mazdaspeed3 is Mazda’s pocket rocket. The Mazdaspeed3 features a high-output turbocharged inline-four, a stiffened suspension setup, and unique exterior and interior styling cues. The Mazdaspeed3 is only available as a five-door hatchback. Its trim levels include Sport and Grand Touring models, and its competitors include the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si and Chevrolet Cobalt SS.

New for 2009
There are no significant changes on the Mazdaspeed3.

Exterior
The Mazdaspeed3 has widened front fenders, a large supplemental grille in the front bumper, rectangular fog lamps and ground effects.

The liftgate incorporates a high-mounted spoiler with an integrated brake light. A single, 3.75-inch exhaust pipe exits beneath the bumper. The Mazdaspeed3 is 176.8 inches long and 69.1 inches wide. Because it’s a hatch, the car is a tad shorter than its sedan-based competition.

  • Standard 18-inch alloy rims with high-performance summer tires
  • Standard sport-tuned exhaust
  • Standard fog lights and power mirrors
  • Automatic xenon headlights and LED taillamps (Grand Touring)

Interior
The Mazdaspeed3 can seat up to five people in two rows. The front bucket seats have more side bolstering than those in the regular Mazda3. The steering wheel and shifter boot have red stitching, and aluminum pedals are standard.

The hatch is accommodating with 95 cubic feet of passenger space and 43.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear bench folded down.

  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard keyless entry
  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob
  • Standard cruise control
  • Optional Bose audio system (standard on Grand Touring)
  • Optional navigation unit (only on Grand Touring)

Under the Hood
The Mazdaspeed3 can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds, and it can reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, according to Mazda.

To control torque steer, which is often associated with high-powered front-wheel-drive cars, Mazda says controls have been added to limit uneven torque delivery, thereby improving drivability. A limited-slip differential is also present. The Mazdaspeed3’s front strut and rear multilink suspension features higher-rate springs and larger stabilizer bars for reduced body roll.

  • 263-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four with 280 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Standard limited-slip differential

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Pedals break away in an impact to prevent leg injuries
  • Electronic stability and traction control
  • Antilock braking system with brake assist

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

It can really boogie!

I love this car. It has plenty of power and tons of control, while still being a comfortable ride. I never once thought to myself that this car would ever let me down, and as a motorcyclist, I never had an issue getting away from sticky situations and bad drivers with this car. leather interior is simple to clean, very fluid manual transmission, sounds great, and stops on a dime.

4.9

Best Car I've Ever Owned

Not only does this car have plenty of power when you want it, but the alcantra seats are extremely comfortable, the bose stereo is awesome, the ride is so much better than many other sports cars i've driven/owned. This car is such an extreme value right now! Practical hatch, tons of space when seats are folded down. Mazda sure did this car right, too bad they have abandoned making "speed" cars, pick one up while you still can!

4.6

Great Drivers Car

I love my Speed3! Almost 10 years old and with a few modifications its got dang near everything a new car has! It's most definitely a hot hatch! Interior has a race feel, with racing seats that will hold you snug while enjoying the killer Turbo 2.3L motor this car is equipped with! I have added an intake and exhaust to mine and its running almost 16 lbs of boost! ONLY issue I've had with the car is I've gone through 2 driver side front axles... I can honestly say thats most definitely the result of a maxed out coil-over suspension set up and very spirited driving! Most definitely a Drivers car, its got all the power you need factory, but 2k in performance and these cars will blow your mind! Very affordable hot hatch, with room for a car seat! Also my 2 1/2 year old daughters favorite of all of our cars if that means anything to ya!

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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