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2009 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback - Overview

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$18,625 – $21,845 MSRP

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • Mazda 3i Sport model receives standard anti-lock brakes, side curtain air bags, and front side-impact air bags as standard equipment
  • Remote trunk release function added to key fob of 4-door models equipped with keyless entry
Overview
The Mazda 3 is a sporty compact car that comes in 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback body styles. It was introduced for the 2004 model year, replacing the Protg, and will undergo its first major redesign for 2010. All Mazda 3 models have 4-cylinder engines, front-wheel drive, and seating for 5 occupants. The Mazda 3 shares its architecture with the Volvo S40, V50 and C30, as well as the European version of the Ford Focus (but not the American version of the Focus). The high-performance Mazdaspeed 3 was added for the 2007 model year. It is offered as a 5-door hatchback and comes with a turbocharged engine, 6-speed manual transmission, 18-inch wheels and a sport suspension. Mazda 3 sedans have 11.5 cubic feet of cargo room, while hatchbacks offer 43.8 cubic feet of cargo room with their rear seats folded down.

Model Lineup
For 2009, the Mazda 3i is available in Sport and Touring Value trim, and the more performance-oriented Mazda 3s comes in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim. Standard equipment on the 3i Sport includes a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls; cloth upholstery; split-folding rear seat; AM/FM/CD stereo; auxiliary input jack; outside-temperature indicator; theft-deterrent system; and P195/65R15 tires on steel wheels. The 3i Touring Value adds air conditioning; cruise control; interior air filter; driver's seat height and lumbar adjustment; power windows, mirrors and door locks; remote keyless entry; and P205/50R17 tires on aluminum wheels. In addition to a more powerful 2.3-liter engine, the 3s Sport has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights and 16-inch alloy wheels. The 3s Sport hatchback adds a rear cargo cover, rear spoiler and 17-inch wheels and tires. The 3s Touring gets traction and stability control systems while the 3s Grand Touring trim loads up with leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, trip computer, rain-sensing wipers and Xenon automatic headlights.

The Mazdaspeed 3 is offered in Sport and Grand Touring trim. The Sport includes all standard features of the 3s Touring plus unique front seats, a limited-slip front differential, upgraded brakes, sport suspension and P215/45R18 tires. To this the Mazdaspeed 3 Grand Touring adds automatic climate control, leather upholstery, Bose audio with a 6-disc CD changer, trip computer, rain-sensing wipers, and Xenon automatic headlights. Available options include a sunroof, DVD-based navigation system, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, and remote engine starting.

Powertrain
The Mazda 3i sedans are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that pumps out 148 hp at 6500 rpm and 135 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. Mazda 3s sedans and hatchbacks get a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 156 hp at 6500 rpm and 150 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 4-speed automatic transmission available for the 2.0-liter engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift feature available for the 2.3-liter motor. The Mazdaspeed 3 comes with a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine that produces 263 hp at 5500 rpm and 280 lb.-ft. of torque at 3000 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and helps the car sprint to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2009 Mazda 3 are 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway with the 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission; 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway with the 2.0-liter engine and the automatic transmission; 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway with the naturally aspirated 2.3-liter engine and either transmission; and 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the Mazdaspeed 3.

Safety
Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Mazda 3 includes dual front air bags, torso-protecting front side-impact air bags, head-protecting side curtain air bags, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. The 3s Touring and Grand Touring models have standard traction and stability control.

In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), both body styles of the Mazda 3 received 4-star ratings for the driver and front passenger in frontal impacts, 3-star ratings for front- and rear-seat occupants in side impacts, and a 4-star rating for rollover resistance. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Mazda 3 received a "Good" rating for frontal offset crashes, a "Poor" rating for side impacts, and a "Marginal" rating for rear crash protection.

Technology
Mazda designed the Mazdaspeed 3 to limit torque steer, both geometrically and electronically. Geometrically speaking, the stiffness of the left and right drive shafts is balanced and the car has a limited-slip front differential. Electronically, Mazda limits torque characteristics from first through third gears and suppresses torque peaks via intake volume and boost pressure-control. Torque control is also linked to steering angle, which means that more torque is available if the steering wheel is straight than if it is turned a few degrees to the left or right, the automaker explains.

Available Trims for the 2009 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
s Sport (M5) 5 speed manual $18,625 156-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl 22/29
s Touring (M5) 5 speed manual $19,125 156-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl 22/29
s Grand Touring (M5) 5 speed manual $20,895 156-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl 22/29

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