Equal-length drive shafts and a smart electronic control of turbo boost help avoid the torque steer that sometimes accompanies high-power front-wheel drive cars. Send David an Hide full review. Do you get the same sense of confidence as in one of those all-wheel-drive models? Most reviewers find the suspension fitting for a sport compact -- a bit firm and stiff but well controlled over the tightest of turns and road irregularities. The car rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and also features stability control, a limited-slip differential, a sport-tuned suspension with thick stabilizer bars, sport-tuned exhaust, and unique trim inside. The six-speed transmission also makes highway driving fun. Model overview: The sporty and fuel-efficient 2008 Mazda3 is offered in three trim levels Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring and in two different body styles a sedan and a sleek five-door hatchback.
Coming later in 2008 will be a new trim level--i Touring Value, which replaces the i Touring. Model value: The 2008 Mazda3 is one of the most nimble, best-handling small cars on the market, and the five-door models especially stand out among competing models for their sporty silhouette and hatchback convenience. Seat-mounted side air bags and roof-mounted curtain air bags are now standard on all s trim cars, and optional on i models. Stop dillydallying -- shift gears and go. Whenever your right hand is free from shifting duties, it needs to be on deck to help you hang on for dear life. . Handling is a strong point for all Mazda3 s, with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link rear suspension.
Sport models in s trim get power windows and locks, keyless entry, air conditioning, and cruise control. Handling and Braking Most reviewers agree that the Mazdaspeed3 shines in handling, with sporty confidence and tenacious grip on even the windiest of roads. This speed is supposed to be cheap, after all. Mazdaspeed3 in the Market Mazda has done it. Most importantly, durability and reliability come standard with all Mazda Genuine Body Parts, which are guaranteed by the Mazda warranty. With the rear seats up, there was plenty of room to stow luggage on a weekend trip.
Touring models in i trim feature keyless remote, dual power mirrors, air conditioning, power windows and locks with central locking. This is the best Mazda on the market today to mod for power. In s trim, the Touring offers anti-lock brakes, stability control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, a six-speaker sound system, halogen fog lamps, and side sill extensions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Mazda3 its highest frontal crash rating of Good. California-emissions states get slightly detuned, partial.
Pressing down through this hesitation allows the brakes to catch fully. All five-door models feature a revised rear bumper, and Grand Touring models now have standard power seats. Mazda did well not to change too much here. The turbo engine provides a ton of turbo lag — dirty words in performance circles. Drivers… While it's still pretty frigid out there, it won't be long before those deliciously curvy mountain roads, after a winter of dormancy, will be aching once again for a hot set of squealing tires.
Road and wind noise are minimal; that lawnmower exhaust intrudes instead. There's added grip for better turn-in, tighter chassis control, lots more power-and, yes, unwelcome torque steer. There are at all four wheels, and they provide plenty of stopping power. The Mazdaspeed3 revs with little effort and zips to the redline with relatively little turbo lag. The Mazdaspeed3 allows for some gutsy merges and lane changes in fifth, and even in sixth you can massage the gas pedal just right to get the turbo to kick in and forego shifting. Stability control is optional on s Touring and s Grand Touring models. So, is there still understeer in the Mazdaspeed3? But it is less than expected and can be controlled.
No other sport compact on the market has this kind of usability, and that may sway drivers looking for responsible fun. To see what details are different this year, check out a of the two model years. Its side-impact tests were performed without the side airbags that are standard in the Mazdaspeed3, and without them the Mazda3 received the lowest score, Poor. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all models, while an automatic transmission is optional on both--it's a four-speed on i models and a five-speed on s models. Safety Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, as well as side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers, are standard, as is a tire pressure monitoring system. It is a top of the line Mazda 3 with a much more powerful. Not only is it inconvenient, but with a manual transmission, it seems a bit dangerous, especially because I found the shifter easy to pop in and out of gears.
So, what are you waiting for? This is a no-frills machine, and the regular Mazda3 already sports an attractive interior for a compact car. One distracted move while trying to find your destination could land you in neutral or the wrong gear. To see what details are different this year, check out a of the two model years. On the highway, the effect is more akin to the loud drone of an idling lawnmower. Flip the seats down and the cargo area expands from 16. Radio and environmental controls are easy to reach and intuitive in every respect. For 2008, the popular Mazda3 sees an important safety upgrade: standard on all s trim cars will be front seat side-impact air bags, as well as full-length side curtain air bags.