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Mazda MAZDA3, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#2715 of 2744 Future Mazda 3: Please keep the weight down [autonomous]
Mar 19, 2008 (8:21 am)
"The Mazda2 is also a marvel of lightweight technology, weighing only 2,103 lbs. Mazda told us that its engineers managed to shave about 220 pounds off the former Mazda2, yet the body is stiffer, NVH is down, and safety is improved."
By the way, the Mazda2 is receiving rave reviews from Autoworld, the British weekly. In part it is due to its low weight, handling and fuel efficiency. The Mazda3, on the other hand, is not positively reviewed.
#2716 of 2744 Mazda3 : Next generation coming spring 2009
Mar 27, 2008 (8:35 am)
"In the spring of 2009, the next-generation Mazda3 will debut as a 2010 model. Mazda will re-engineer the car's existing C1 platform underpinnings. The engine family will remain the same, but upgrades in power and fuel economy are planned. Most of the changes address consumer concerns over noise, vibration and harshness without removing the dynamic driving experience. The design will feel more integrated, especially with optional sport appearance packages". From Mazda expects to tinker with a steady lineup by Mark Rechtin, Automotive News.
The new look of Mazda3 is from Laurens van den Acker, Mazda's new design chief.
#2717 of 2744 Hatchback Cargo Space
Mar 27, 2008 (1:24 pm)
Hate to change the subject, but I wanted to find out if a 56 cm road bike at least with the front tire off will fit into my 5 door hatch with seats down. Anyone have first hand experience?
#2718 of 2744 Re: Mazda3 : Next generation coming spring 2009 [autonomous]
Mar 30, 2008 (9:09 am)
I really hope that when Mazda does update the Mazda3, they will not only offer models with more fuel-efficient engines and possibly offering a 50-state legal Duratoq turbodiesel in the 1.8-1.9 liter size with a 5AT or 6AT transmission for the USA market. The current Mazda3 is a very nice driver's car but it's let down by the rather thirsty 2.3-liter I-4 engine on the top-end models.
#2719 of 2744 Re: Mazda3 : Next generation coming spring 2009 [raychuang00]
Mar 30, 2008 (12:10 pm)
If they can find another 50 or so BHP in the MZR turbo and keep the average fuel economy above 22 mpg or so I'm in.
#2720 of 2744 Re: Mazda3 : Next generation coming spring 2009 [raychuang00]
Mar 31, 2008 (8:07 am)
offering a 50-state legal Duratoq turbodiesel in the 1.8-1.9 liter size with a 5AT or 6AT transmission for the USA market
Agreed, turbodiesels should be part of Mazda's North American strategy. The risk in this strategy seems to be the novelty of diesels in the NA car market.
A five speed automatic transmission sounds like it's becoming the bar separating the higher end compacts from the lower end ones. A model with a six speed automatic would leap to the top of the pack.
#2721 of 2744 Re: Hatchback Cargo Space [ecofun]
Apr 01, 2008 (10:59 am)
We just got our Mazda3 last weekend and are hoping that we can get our comfort bikes (one at a time of course) into the back. I am also pretty sure that my road bike (56cm) will fit in there, but there's no doubt that the front wheel has to come off.
Unfortunately, the weather has been so lousy that my bike is still on the work stand in the basement and I'll be gone for the next couple of weeks. But I'll try to remember to post back here when I have the results.
#2722 of 2744 Impressed with new GT
Apr 01, 2008 (11:10 am)
We picked up our 2008.5 GT last weekend, in the dazzling Copper Red color (a 2008.5 change, along with a power seat and a few other goodies). This is mainly my wife's car, but I have to admit that I am very impressed with all of the features that they have packed into this vehicle. It seems to have most of what my BMW 325i has, at less than 2/3 the cost! Granted, it's no BMW, but then what else is?
I haven't had much chance to drive it myself since I'm still trying to pry it away from my wife, but it certainly looks like we made a good choice!
#2723 of 2744 Re: Hatchback Cargo Space [gordonwd]
Apr 25, 2008 (6:21 pm)
I always put my road bike with back seats down without taking off the front
Here are 2 differences:
1. My bike is 49 cm -- Lemond Reno 2005
2. My car is Mazda Protege 5 Wagon. but I suspect, Mazda 3 is a little bit longer.
#2724 of 2744 Re: sport or touring [rgerstl]
Apr 26, 2008 (6:21 am)
Driving in a city full of potholes, I regret having my low profile touring tires. This might not be an issue for others, though.