Throughout the Mazda3’s short history, it has been called ""peppy"" and ""zippy"" and other things that denote a certain amount of quickness and sharp handling. Since its introduction, the Mazda3 has carved out a niche in the hatchback market as a reliable and fun car with respectable practicality and not as much performance sacrifice as can be associated with the hatchback class.
It has always competed with compacts such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, and Kia Forte by sticking to the Mazda design and performance philosophy of ""Zoom-Zoom."" That has allowed the Mazda3 to survive in a crowded economy car class by giving buyers on a budget a bit more driving fun than their dollars can acquire elsewhere.
First generation Mazda3’s were made from 2004 through 2009. These examples look and handle better than the Mazda Protégé, which the Mazda3 replaced. Following the lineage of this part of the Mazda fleet, the Mazda3 improves on the Protégé, which replaced the 323 and the GLC. Sales for the Mazda3 have always been good, and the first generation did well enough to establish this vehicle as part of the Mazda line during a time when some attempted models came and went rather quickly.
The second generation started in 2010. A redesign of the exterior creates a sleeker and sportier appearance. It also withstands complaints about the front-end appearance that makes the vehicle look like it wears a smile. While such complaints might seem trite, Mazda felt compelled to address the issue and did a minor front-end redesign. Now the Mazda3 no longer smirks its way through the world. 2010 also saw minor changes in the two engine choices.About the Mazda3
Performance and basic practicality at a reasonable price are hallmarks of the Mazda3 that spur such good sales. Over time, this car has become more efficient (i.e. more practical) and has seen an increase in performance. This Mazda enjoys a reputation as a great buy and thus stands out in a crowded vehicle class. Most automakers want a participant in the entry-level class, as car buyer’s start to develop brand loyalty early in their lives, i.e. when they still buy within the entry-level market. The Mazda3 has gained a lot of fans for Mazda.
The Mazda3 continues to perform well on the road and the sales charts because of its fun to drive, reliable, and useful vehicle perception. For newer drivers excited about being on the road and taking the curves with performance, the Mazda3 offers an affordable car, and it serves the overriding practical needs.Mazda3 Features
The 2012 Mazda3 comes in two basic models: a sedan and a four-door hatchback. The sedan offers five trim levels. The three ""i"" trims include the i SV, i Sport, and i Touring. Then two upscale ""s"" trims carry the names s Sport and s Grand Touring. The hatchback only features the s trims.
All Mazda3 cars have an impressive list of safety and convenience features; even base models offer stability control. By the time a buyer moves up to the s Grand touring package, this entry-level car starts to resemble a rather respectable luxury sport sedan.
The ""i"" models use a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 135 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard. However, a five-speed automatic is optional on the i Sport and i Touring. The more performance-oriented ""s"" models opt for a 2.5-liter, inline-four engine that produces 167 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual comes standard with a five-speed automatic being optional.
The interior offers a surprising amount of features and options while using materials that cause it to look more expensive than it is.Mazda3 Evolution
Since the second generation Mazda3 released in 2010, no notable changes have been made. The first generation models produced from 2004 to 2009 use the same underlying basic construction as the second generation. These models have a different style appearance and only offer three trim levels. But the driving dynamics remain the same, making the only differences between the two generations a matter of looks, options and interior features, and some variation in the quality of materials employed.