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2009 Mazda MAZDA3 Review

Zippy and smooth, with lots of available trim levels.

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Typically, Mazda is keen on producing vehicles that deliver on both quality and economy, and the 2009 Mazda MAZDA3 does not disappoint in either of the two areas. If you’re looking for a small economy vehicle that has great fuel efficiency as well as a friendly purchasing price, then this is one vehicle you may to look at.

The Range

Body Styles: Sedan, Hatchback
Engine: 2.0-liter, 2.3-liter
Transmission: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: MAZDA3 i Sport, MAZDA3 i Touring, MAZDA3 s Touring, MAZDA3 s Grand Touring, MAZDA3 s Touring, MAZDA3 s Sport, MAZDA3 s Grand Touring.

What's New

The 2009 Mazda MAZDA3 has not changed much across the model years, and the main features added on this year’s model are: a remote trunk release on the keyless entry fob of the four-door sedan models and new safety features, including an anti-lock braking system (ABS), front-seat side airbags, and side-curtain airbags as standard features.


The 2009 Mazda MAZDA3 is an attractive vehicle and sits well in its economy class. It is available as a four-door sedan or as a hatchback. The sedan has five trims and the hatchback comes in three.

The i Sport trim comes standard with 15-inch wheels, the s Sport sedan has 16-inch alloys (the hatchback version has 17-inch alloys), and all Touring trim levels have 17-inch alloy wheels.

The hatchback has 4.8 inches of ground clearance, a width of 69.1 inches, a height of 57.7 inches, and a length of 176.8 inches, all seated on a wheelbase of 103.9 inches.

For the sedan version, all measurements are the same except for the length, which is 177.4 inches. The cargo room is also different with11.5 cubic feet.


The interior of the 2009 Mazda MAZDA3 is refreshing with cloth and leather as possible upholstery materials. It comes with comfort and convenience features, such as power door locks, power mirrors, power windows, illuminating vanity mirrors, cruise control on the steering wheel, and air-conditioning.

For its range of economy vehicles, the 2009 Mazda MAZDA3 has decent room in the front at 39.1 inches headroom, 53.8 inches shoulder room, 54.9 inches hip room and 41.1 inches legroom. It has slightly cramped room in the rear, but then that is to be expected for a vehicle of its size with 38.4 inches of rear headroom and 36.3 inches of rear legroom. When the seats are all in place, the MAZDA3 has a cargo room of 17.1 cubic feet; when the rear seats are folded down, it has a maximum cargo capacity of 43.8 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Mazda MAZDA3 comes with a base engine of 2.3-liters, except for the i Sport and i Touring trims, which are two-liter engines, emitting 156 hp and 150 ft-lb of torque, and fitted with double overhead cam (DOHC), four inline cylinders, and 16 valves. It has quick and responsive steering, no discernible body roll, and handles turns well. The suspension is a bit more firm than other cars in its class, however.


The 2009 Mazda MAZDA3’s driver and passenger seats in the front have head restraint systems to protect from whiplash and to protect the neck in case of an impact. Other safety features focus on the maneuverability and stopping capability of the vehicle, such as the electronic emergency braking assist, the engine immobilizer when the vehicle senses the driver is no longer in control, supported by the ventilated front disc and the solid rear disc brakes.

Your children’s safety is also taken care of with the child lock safety put on the rear doors and anchors for a child seat. The front seat airbag is fitted with the occupant sensing deactivation system, which senses when the seat occupant is a child or a small-bodied adult or teenager to protect them from airbag injuries.

The vehicle comes fitted with airbags in the front seats and in the passenger rear seats as well as side airbags to protect occupants in the event of a side impact.

EPA Fuel Economy

MAZDA3 i Sport and i Touring: 24/32 mpg city/highway
All other MAZDA3 versions: 22/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • An easy and stable drive
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Optimum cargo space
  • Quick acceleration for its engine size

You Won't Like

  • Overall interior design of the vehicle
  • Interior space is somewhat cramped
  • Firm suspension

Sum Up

Zippy and smooth, with lots of available trim levels.

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