Introduced this year, the 2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 marks the performance-tuned hatchback version of the MAZDA3. It comes in two trim levels: the Sport and the Grand Touring.
Mazda has a reputation for producing sportier vehicles, and the MAZDASPEED3 goes above and beyond Mazda’s existing line of vehicles, not to mention exceeding the performance and acceleration of the other vehicles in its class.
Body Styles: four-door hatchback
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport, Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Touring
The Mazda MAZDASPEED3 starts new in the 2007 model year. It serves as a front-drive, performance-based version of the MAZDA3, equipped with a turbocharged, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission.
The exterior of the 2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 features unique look in the front and rear, fog lights, and ground effect lights. It uses 18-inch alloy wheels and low-profile performance tires. The hatchback also features a rear liftgate with a spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip. Additional standard equipment for the Sport model includes variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, an intermittent rear wiper, and power mirrors.
Standard equipment that remains exclusive to the Grand Touring trim level includes variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers and dusk-sensing xenon HID headlights.
The interior of the MAZDASPEED3 features front sport seats with enhanced bolstering. The cabin looks well-built with the same easy-to-read gauges found in the MAZDA3. The MAZDASPEED3 sports aluminum pedals and a red/black color scheme. It seats up to five; the rear seat easily accommodates adults under six-feet in height. The split-folding rear seatback folds down to increase cargo space to 31 cubic feet; with the seats in place, the cargo capacity totals 17 cubic feet behind the rear seat.
Base model interior features include a driver’s seat with lumbar support and height adjustment, premium cloth upholstery, sport front seats, a split-folding rear seatback, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, a front console with storage, electric speed-proportional power steering, a 12V power outlet, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, interior air filtration, climate control, leather trim, a tachometer, external temperature display, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers.
Grand Touring models feature leather and cloth upholstery, a trip computer, and a Bose premium audio system with an AM/FM stereo, a six-disc CD changer, MP3 compatibility, seven speakers, and a subwoofer. A navigation system with voice activation and a LCD display screen marks the only optional equipment, available only on the Grand Touring model.
Performance & Handling
The front-drive MAZDASPEED3 is a pleasure to drive. Designed to appeal to driving enthusiasts, it offers the acceleration and superb handling of a sport sedan that costs three times as much.
The 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder pairs with a six-speed manual transmission and generates 263 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Zero-to-60-mph sprint times clock in at 5.9 seconds. The performance-tuned suspension enhances the driving experience. The speed-proportional power steering feels responsive, and braking ability is excellent.
Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel ABS, stability control, traction control, front-seat side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags. In government crash testing the 2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 receives four stars (out of five) in frontal-impact testing. The Insurance Institute Highway Safety rates the vehicle as ?good? in frontal-impact crashes.
Safety features for all models include front limited-slip differential, MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear independent suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, emergency braking assist, electronic brake force distribution, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, and tire pressure monitoring. Grand Touring models include a remote anti-theft alarm system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Overall performance
- Bolstering in seats
- Quality interior
You Won't Like
- No all-wheel drive option
A performance sedan that offers superior acceleration and handling at a fraction of the price of similar models.
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