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2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

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$4,837 — $16,173 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3
  • 263-hp turbocharged engine
  • Stiffened suspension
  • Six-speed manual

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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
  • Stand...
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

What drivers are saying

4.7
14 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(4.0)

Great Drivers Car

by Jbsmith1510 from Richmond, Va on October 28, 2018

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 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car ive owned

by Ballislife from Cottage Grove, MN on August 2, 2018

This car has met the requirements of how i expected it to be. Everything through out was just the best for me. Runs like a dream, smooth and sporty just the way i like it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

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

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MazdaSpeed3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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