• (4.8) 11 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $6,445–$13,985
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Engine: 263-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Reviews

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.

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)

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

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


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Fun car to drive for the money

by socal5990 from Jurupa Valley, CA on November 27, 2017

Now I'm going to be a Mazda owner for life because this car was so much fun. Over 200lbs of torque and for less than $15k it's a steal than most cars coming off the line now. It's a very under rated c... Read Full Review

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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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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