The new 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 coasts on last year's major updates to deliver a fun-to-drive and affordable compact car. The sporty MAZDA3 also delivers above-average quality and a long list of optional upgrades. Keep reading to learn what's new on the 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 and review specs, mpgs and features.
What's New - 2011 Mazda MAZDA3
Mazda keeps the MAZDA3 pretty much intact from the 2010 model year. However, stability control is now standard on all trims. The Grand Touring trim also now comes standard with a sunroof and Bose 10-speaker stereo system. However, adaptive xenon headlights are no longer standard for the trim. Given the very minor changes over last year, shoppers on a budget may want to consider looking into a lightly used 2010 Mazda MAZDA3.
New 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Styling
As a whole, the MAZDA3 is foten considered an attractive and sporty vehicle. However, a fair amount of controversy has been built up around the vehicle's "smiling" front grille. For some, this large-grille design takes a bit away from the Mazda MAZDA3's otherwise tough exterior. Others, however, no doubt will spark up a smile themselves upon seeing the unique front-end styling.
The MAZDA3 is available as either a sedan or hatchback. Inside, the vehicle exudes a slightly upscale appeal - both materials quality and available features are exceptional. Front passengers will be pleased by the amount of comfort afforded by the MAZDA3. Rear seat passengers, on the other hand, may yearn for a vehicle that offers additional legroom. Trunk space for the sedan comes in at 11.8 cubic feet (average for the class).
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New 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Performance
Performance is where the 2011 MAZDA3 really stands out from the crowd. Mazda engineers have done a great job of tuning suspension, braking and other features to deliver a wonderfully fun-to-drive vehicle. Base engine for the MAZDA3 is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that serves up a total of 148 horsepower and 135 lb-ft. of torque. For a few dollars more, the vehicle can also be had with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that bumps performance up to 167 horsepower and 168 lb-ft. of torque.
Fuel economy for the MAZDA3 starts at 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Though many competitors are more efficient, these are good figures considering the vehicle's superior engine performance.
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New 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Safety
The MAZDA3 comes standard with a solid mix of safety features that includes six airbags, antilock disc brakes, brake assist, stability control, traction control and active front head restraints. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2011 MAZDA3 earned an overall top rating of "Good."
New 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Prices
The new 2011 MAZDA3 starts at $15,450. Though competitors such as the 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Nissan Versa undercut this base MSRP, the MAZDA3 comes with a much more satisfying list of standard features. The base MAZDA3 is equipped with full power accessories, height-adjustable driver's seat, split-folding rear seat, steering-wheel audio controls and auxiliary audio jack. Available optional equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth, heated front seats and leather upholstery. Add on all the bells and whistles, and drivers can expect to pay more than $23,000.
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