For all 2007 3s, Mazda has also relocated the front tie-rod links and rear toe-control mounts on the knuckles to wake up the steering even more in corners. The i Touring trim adds many convenience features. One is the rather notchy, vague shifter. Even with 45-series tires on 18-inch wheels, hopping is muted over L. Mazda's commitment to preserving ride quality shows.
So it wrote the engine-control software with a nuance that links the engine's output with steering-wheel angle. Apart from that, it's a brilliant little car. The climate control rheostats included with the Luxury Package are big but thin and without rubber surrounds; they are hard to grasp and adjust with gloves on during winter. It's now three years into the compact Mazda3's model run, and Mazda still can't keep up with demand. The i Turing trim is the second tier in the overall Mazda 3 lineup, adding features like full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, a more powerful audio system, air conditioning and 16-inch alloy wheels. It was a wagon, and it looked bad. Otherwise, Mazda's software wrinkle tames the front-end wander and lets you relax and pick your line with certainty.
Do we really need xenon headlights? There are also new colors, such as Phantom Purple and Phantom Blue the color of this test car. The midget Mazda 3 wagon — 26,896 sold in 2005, or 28 percent of total Mazda 3 volume, which includes the brisker-selling sedan — gets walloped with the turbocharged to 15. Performance driving requires the larger 2. . Without having the thing snatch the steering wheel out of your hands every time you tramp on the gas? New features include a rear-seat center armrest with built-in cup holders, an audio auxiliary input jack and an additional 12-volt power outlet.
The five-door model allows you to lug around bulky items that would not easily fit in the sedan's trunk. Along with the larger engine, all s Mazda 3s also get a unique interior finish, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering wheel audio controls. The public appears to agree, as Mazda has incentives on the car as of this writing. It sounds good there, better than the less-interesting, more-frazzled zoom-zooming closer to redline. As we joyfully wound our way over a serpentine road, we were instantly reminded of other great compacts that evoked the same emotional response. Just leave it there for an entire mountain road, and let the turbo chew on the heavy gas flow. Demand for the Mazda3 remains high, so you'll need to be on your toes when negotiating the best price.
Let's just say that with the new Civic, the company didn't really have a choice. Mazda's engineers twisted the suspension strings tighter with the goal of reducing wallow in corners and during fast transitions without ruining the base 3's relatively supple ride. The Mazdaspeed 3 will eventually understeer, like all cars with 63. That's a difference worth knowing. The secret ingredient for a faster, more thrilling Mazda3 is the 2. Boot it with the front wheels centered, and you get the whole can of Spam.
Departing the track, we drove the Mazdaspeed 3 over 600 miles through California hill country and down lumpy expressways. As a result, the cockpit gets noisy. Working the shifter feverishly — the low ratios in first and second mean two shifts happen before 60 mph — we finally scorched a 5. My, has time changed, yet our needs for transportation didn't really change all that much. The front seats are comfortable and offer good lateral support for those spirited driving moments. It was all black, sucking air into a huge hood scoop and blatting it out the back through an oversize stinger. Mazda figures its wagon buyers are younger, more often male, more impetuous therefore, and more likely to have use for a 3180-pound car bristling with 263 horsepower and returning just 18 mpg when flogged.
On our scale, this one rates maximum fun. Changes for 2007 To stay competitive from a safety standpoint, Mazda added side airbags and side curtains to the 3, which is good news. The optional automatic transmission features a quick shift from first to second gear for a faster response, making even steep hills no threat to rapid acceleration. So the front and rear anti-roll bars are thicker by 0. The Mazdaspeed 3 charges hard in third, the go-to gear for any street race. The Touring style is differentiated from the the lower s trim by the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels and side sills. As in all Mazda 3s, however, the electric motor simply makes the hydraulic pressure instead of providing steering assist.
Getting the Mazdaspeed 3 to speed requires frequent visits to the shifter. A new five-speed automatic with manual shift control is available only with the 2. The wheel's desire to stay at center is distinct. Low-carb curb weights, spry handling, and approachable sticker prices are the norm under its tent. As for the trunk, its opening is ridiculously narrow, and there is no handle to open it; you'll get your hands dirty.