Skyactiv models receive a blue ring around the projectors in the headlamps. The front dampers of the have been re-tuned to quicken steering response and reduce understeer. In 2014, the Mazda3 made it to the finals of the competition. It was in excellent condition inside and out having been maintained regularly per the Mazda recommendations. Changes include a new dashboard layout, new front and rear exterior styling the latter, only in the hatchback , new first-of-its-kind G-Vectoring Control and diesel option was dropped. The was unveiled a few weeks after the at the. Transmission options consist of the 6-speed manual and the automatic.
Two SkyActiv engines are offered in North American markets, the 2. Several new exterior colors were added, phantom blue, a copper red metallic April, 2008 , Aurora Blue and dark cherry. The Titanium Gray color was replaced with a darker Galaxy Gray color. The interior also received leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob from the s model. Mazda engineers and designers addressed concerns regarding cabin noise level by redesigning or changing multiple systems and adding sound-deadening material to the roof lining and hood panel.
Since then Mazda has introduced additional models under the Touring and Grand Touring labels. On dark, desolate roads, the numbers are too intense, and in all conditions, the uneven backlighting is annoying. All three models use the , with various types, displacements and outputs including the , depending on model and market. It was introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, replacing the in the C-segment. Reinforcements to the body shell improve overall chassis rigidity. Less than 2500 km after I bought it it suddenly dropped 3L of oil in about 1500km. Archived from on 11 July 2011.
I had to spend 7K on a new engine having. Suspension is on the stiff side but this helps the car stick to the road. Car and Driver documented the acceleration of a 2007 Mazda3 four-door sedan. The Mazda3 was used as a regular by the alongside the and the in , China. The model has been generally well received by the automotive press for its performance, handling, styling and interior, with some describing it as feeling like a more expensive despite its value-oriented price.
It now sits atop the new Skyactiv chassis, no longer sharing the Ford C1 platform. Anti-lock brakes and side-impact airbags, previously optional, were now standard. Archived from on 8 December 2010. As of 22 January 2014, cumulative production of the Mazda3 production reached four million units since June, 2003. Within months of release, the 3 was the 15th best-selling car in Thailand.
Combined with the SkyActiv technology, this produces a rating from the U. In 2006 the Mazda3 was the second best-selling car in Canada and the best selling car in Israel during 2005—2007. Sedan pre-facelift The front suspension comprises , with and an. The automatic transmission used in the S trim Mazda3 with the 2. The 2009 model year was only a few months long as production ceased in November 2008. Archived from on 29 December 2010. The colour palette was also simplified in 2006, with the deletion of Canary Yellow and Lava Orange Mica.
A 2010 Mazda3 with a 2. Midway through 2010, features including side mirrors with integrated turn signals, footwell lighting, and power seat memory functions were removed. Updates included refreshed front and rear light fixtures, as well updated alloy wheels and a new fog light configuration. Previously, both airbag types were not available. It drives and handles excellent on dry and wet roads I have yet to test winter driving though. Initially the 6-speed manual gearbox was only for the 2. The rear fascia was slightly changed adding a notch on the bumper cover of the sedan.
He went on to say that the short shifter action allows the driver to extract every horsepower from the 2. Archived from on 17 May 2013. The hydraulic dampers of the multi-link rear suspension were also re-tuned to match the front suspension changes. The European model includes a with the 2. The Mazda 3 became Mazda's fastest-selling vehicle in January 2019, with cumulative sales of over 6-million units.