Mazda 3 Sedan Review

We absolutely adored the new generation Mazda 3 design when it first came along with the hatchback model. The face was just a bot too happy, but it work on the car on the whole.

With the sedan version though, we’re just not sure. First of all, that happy face might seem alright on a sporty hatchback, but on a rather chunky sedan it doesn’t seem right somehow! Worst than that though, is the way the car looks from behind. The taillights are stupid the the trunk lid is very tall, then there’s the bumper, and… in short the rear-end is a mess and you have to see it in person to realize as pictures won’t judge it properly.

The sedan version does not pull it off designwise as well as the hatchback did. And if you want a Mazda sedan, there’s already the Mazda6 which looks less insane and more elegant, plus it’s more elegant.

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The interior too is very busy and rather complicating at first glance, but it is sporty and once you get acclimated with it, it is actually fun to use! The large gauge instrument cluster and centre stack are positioned to tightly link the driver’s limbs and senses to the car’s instruments and controls.

All the information a driver needs is readily available in one concentrated area – thereby minimising distractions from the road ahead. A Multi-Information Display is positioned high on the centre portion of the instrument panel to further reduce distraction. Navigation, audio, and trip computer information is provided in this convenient and easy-to-view location.

The MZR 2.0-litre four-in-line engine delivers 148 horsepower at 6500 rpm (PZEV = 144 @ 6500 rpm) and 135 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm (PZEV = 132 @ 4500 rpm). Aluminium block and head construction saves weight while, in the interests of power and efficiency, four valves per cylinder are operated by dual overhead camshafts.

The new MZR 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine is borrowed from the larger all-new 2009 Mazda 6. It shares the same construction features of the 2.0-litre engine while upping output to 167 horsepower at 6000 rpm (PZEV = 165 @ 6000 rpm) and 168 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm (PZEV = 167 @ 4000 rpm). Both engines employ advanced electronic throttle actuation. Mazda’s exclusive torque base control technology provides a highly linear acceleration response to every change of throttle pedal pressure.

A slick-shifting five-speed or six-speed manual transmission, as well as a five-speed electronically controlled Sport-AT automatic transmission, are available depending on the model. Sport-AT offers enthusiastic drivers the control of manual gear engagement with the convenience and comfort of a conventional automatic.

All Mazda 3 models are constructed with a Triple-H unibody design employing efficient H-shaped steel reinforcements in the floor, side structures, and roof. This approach to energy absorption provides crush zones that better protect occupants from the impact forces sustained during rollover, frontal, side, front-offset, angled, and rear collisions. Six airbags and active head restraints are standard equipment.

Mazda apparently didn’t bother marketing the 3 sedan in Europe, as they knew the hatchback makes more sense there. But Mazda3 sedan is actually a popular sedan in some markets in the middle and far east, as well as Australia.

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