For the 2007 model year, the Mazda3 gets an exterior freshening, new interior trim and fabric, a new rear center armrest with cupholders, an additional 12-volt power outlet, a standard tire-pressure-monitoring system, available dynamic stability and traction control, and new exterior colors. Mazda also adds a new and high-performance Mazdaspeed3 version with a more powerful engine, standard 6-speed manual transmission, and a more responsive suspension.
The Mazda3 is a sporty and compact sedan that comes in 4- and 5-door (hatchback) body styles. Base 4-door "i" models are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that pumps out 148 hp. Four- and 5-door "s" versions get a 156-hp, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 4-speed automatic available for the 2.0-liter engine and a 5-speed automatic for the 2.3-liter motor. The 2.0-liter engine provides up to 35 mpg in highway driving.
Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels are available on the Mazda3. The 2.0 versions get new white gauges and zebra-striped wood dash trim. The 2.3-liter "s" models offer the option of leather seating. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard and dynamic stability control is available, as are side and side curtain air bags. Options include a moonroof, a 6-disc CD changer, leather seats, and even a navigation system.
The new Mazdaspeed3 version of the 5-door hatchback comes with a 263-hp, 2.3-liter turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual transmission and rides on 18-inch wheels and a suspension calibrated to respond to more aggressive driving inputs. The Mazdaspeed3 can sprint to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. The Mazdaspeed3 is available in Sport and Grand Touring trim.
The Mazda3 competes in the Compact Conventional segment, which consists of 20 models. Buyers in this segment look for fuel economy, reliability, and safety, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Corolla (328,699 units sold), Honda Civic (316,638), and Chevrolet Cobalt (211,449). The Mazda3 sold 94,437 units in 2006, a decrease of 3 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact Conventional segment include the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Jetta, and Saturn Ion. Joining the segment in 2007 are the Pontiac G5, Suzuki SX4, and Volkswagen Rabbit.
|s Sport (M5)||5 speed manual||$17,680||156-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||26/33|
|s Touring (M5)||5 speed manual||$18,425||156-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||26/33|
|s Grand Touring (M5)||5 speed manual||$19,895||156-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||26/33|