The 2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 offers a strong, supercharged driving experience that will satisfy those who love the feeling of a powerful car. It only comes as a hatchback, so drivers will also have plenty of storage space.
Body style: hatchback
Engine: 2.3-liter, four-cylinder
The 2011 MAZDASPEED3 remains mostly unchanged from previous models, except for a few additions to the Technology package.
Having only one option to show off, Mazda packs this sporty hatchback with plenty of features, including 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, high-performance summer tires, a digital turbo-boost gauge, fog lights, and full power accessories.
Mazda offers several packages, so buyers can customize their vehicles. The Mazdaspeed3 Technology package is one of the most popular options. In the 2011, it includes rain-sensing front wipers, auto on/off headlights, Bi-Xenon headlights with auto leveling, Adaptive Front-lighting system (AFS), and LED rear combination taillights.
The MAZDASPEED3 also has plenty of comfort-oriented features, including front sport seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, and leather upholstery. The car's six-speaker stereo has steering wheel controls and comes with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Technology Package adds keyless entry and ignition, a ten-speaker Bose system with surround sound and a six-CD changer, a navigation system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED taillights, and automatic bi-xenon headlights. Stand-alone options include an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and satellite radio.
Performance & Handling
While the MAZDASPEED3 offers numerous features to impress buyers, its real attraction remains the 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 263 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. That produces a lot of power for a lightweight car. In fact, some drivers have complained that the 2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 is too powerful for front drive. Stomp on the gas from a full stop, and you can get a serious amount of torque steer.
The MAZDASPEED3 has a firm suspension to allow for a comfortable ride without sacrificing comfort. Electro-hydraulic power assisted steering (EHPAS) further improves handling by giving the driver a boost controlling this beast on the road. The top speed is 155-mph, so Mazda included Brake Assist to shorten stopping distance and ensure that drivers maintain control without sacrificing safety.
The MAZDASPEED3 comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, side curtain airbags, and front side airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Sport: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- Very powerful engine
- Excellent handling
- Sporty styling
- Ample cargo space
You Won't Like
- Lack of an automatic transmission option
A high-performance car for a low price
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