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2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Sedan

Price Range: $15,800 - $23,310 | 20 MPG City - 28 MPG Highway

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2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Sedan

The MAZDA3's interior is reason alone to consider it. The MAZDA3's appointments are like no other car in its class and feature Mazda's flair for details and materials that are fashionably different. The MAZDA3 can be equipped either as a basic, economical sedan in 3i form, or as a sporty-feeling sedan or hatch in 3s trim. Base MAZDA3 i models are a great value considering their low starting price, while top-of-the-line 3s Grand Touring models rival entry models from luxury brands and offer some exclusive tech features. Mazda says that the 3 is the first car in its class to offer Adaptive Front Lighting and self-leveling bi-xenon headlamps.

What's new for 2011?

Following a complete remodel for 2010, the MAZDA3 gains some new standard features.

Model Strengths

  • Sporty, attractive appearance
  • the stylish interior of a more expensive car
  • great steering and handling
  • 3i model's good fuel economy

Model Review

The MAZDA3 is powered by a choice of two different 4-cylinder engines. Base MAZDA3 i models feature an economical 2.0-liter engine making 148 horsepower, while sportier MAZDA3s models get a 167-hp, 2.5-liter engine. Both engines make slightly less power in California-emissions states. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on 3i models, but sporty 3s models step up to a 6-speed manual. A 5-speed automatic is available with either engine. The 2.0-liter gets quite good fuel economy figures of 24 mpg city, 33 highway with the manual transmission, while the s model is rated at 21 city and 29 highway.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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4dr Sdn Auto i Sport

Engine

Engine Type 2.0L Gas I4
Horsepower 148 @ 6500 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 135 @ 4500 RPM

Fuel

Fuel Capacity 14.5 gal
Fuel Economy 24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 478.5 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels FWD

Wheels

Rims 16 x 6.5 in.
Tires P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Compact Spare Tire

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 38.9 in. / 42.0 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 37.5 in. / 36.2 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space 11.8 cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 103.9 in.
Curb Weight 2922 lb.
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Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror Optional
Front Floor Mats Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Optional
MP3 Player Optional
Satellite Radio Optional