The 2010 Mazda 3 DESIGN concept

    The 2010 Mazda 3 DESIGN concept
    The 2010 Mazda 3 DESIGN concept
    The 2010 Mazda 3 DESIGN concept
    The 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 ranks 4 out of 37 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 19 published reviews and test drives of the Mazda MAZDA3, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
    The redesigned Mazda3's aggressively sporty performance is notable among affordable small cars, but its once-sleek exterior is now described as goofy-looking by some auto writers.
    When it came time to redesign the popular Mazda3, most reviewers had the same opinion. In terms of the car's energetic engine power, solid handling and abundant sportiness -- don't mess too much with a good thing. According to our analysis, Mazda's engineers listened and delivered a 2010 model that enhances the best-loved attributes of the outgoing 3.
    Still, not all of the 2010 Mazda3's new features are viewed favorably. The 3's now elongated exterior makes the sedan more aerodynamic, but most call the front grille's smiling appearance goofy-looking. In addition, the Mazda3 has more upscale amenities, including Bluetooth connectivity and heated front seats, but its optional new navigation system has a display screen that reviewers find too small to read easily.
    Few affordable small cars or hatchbacks have the Mazda3's level of sportiness or fun driving experience, but reviewers say the Honda Civic compares well. Like the 3, the Civic is praised for its outstanding quality and perky performance. The Civic also has an optional navigation option -- in fact, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System is one of the most accurate and intuitive in-dash devices in the segment.
    The 2010 Mazda3 is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback.

    Mazda3 Performance - 9.0 (Excellent)
    Reviewers find the new Mazda3 still has a strong powertrain following its redesign, and the minor enhancements made to the new model work well with the sedan's existing mechanics. AutoWeek says, "All the parts come together to make the Mazda3 better than its already good predecessor, with a direct and linear steering feel, rigid chassis and well-sorted suspension, and sufficient engine power for the car's size and weight."

    Mazda3 Exterior - 5.6 (Mediocre)
    While some critics are pleased with the 2010 Mazda3's smiling front fascia, most say the aerodynamically enhanced front end looks more like a smirk. According to Automobile Magazine, "From dead-on, the new 3 looks a bit silly -- like an anime gremlin wearing an I've-been-naughty grin."

    Mazda3 Interior - 8.4 (Very Good)
    For the interior, Mazda chose to concentrate its redesign efforts on supportive front-row seating and upscale materials and features. As a whole, reviewers say the manufacturer succeeded. The Austin American-Stateman says "the interior materials and attention to detail are a cut above, especially the padded, pebbled surface covering the dash." says, "The new cabin is fantastic -- beautifully designed and built with nicer materials than the old car -- but it's the creature comforts that set the Mazda3 apart."

    Mazda3 Safety - NA
    The 2010 Mazda3 does well in federal government crash tests.

    Mazda3 Reliability - NA
    The Mazda3 has a three-year or 36,000 mile basic warranty, and transferable powertrain coverage for the first five years or 60,000 miles.

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