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A compact car produced by Mazda.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Mazda3 page on 15 June 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Mazda3 or Mazda 3 (known as the Mazda Axela in Japan) is a compact car manufactured in Japan by Mazda. It was introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, replacing the Familia/323/Protegé. A performance-oriented version of the Mazda3 is marketed as the Mazdaspeed3 in North America, Mazdaspeed Axela in Japan and the Mazda3 MPS in Europe.

A second generation Mazda3 for the 2010 model year was unveiled in late 2008, with the sedan premièring at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the hatchback at the Bologna Auto Show. For the 2012 model year, Mazda began offering the Mazda3 with their newly developed SkyActiv technology, including a more rigid body, a new direct injection engine, and a new 6-speed transmission.

The current third generation was introduced in mid-2013 as a 2014 model.

First generation (BK; 2003—2008)

The BK series Mazda3 was launched in Japan in October 2003 as the Axela. 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 sport sedan despite its value-oriented price. Some criticisms have included fuel economy and crash test results (only receiving four out of a maximum five stars from the EURO NCAP Safety Testing Programme) the latter of which was rectified by making six airbags standard. In 2006 the Mazda3 was the second best-selling car in Canada and the best selling car in Israel during 2005–2007.

Second generation (BL; 2010-2013)

In development from 2004 and designed under Kunihiko Kurisu from early 2005 to August 2006, in October 2008 Mazda released pictures and video showing the next generation design of the Mazda3. Mazda has restyled the exterior to reflect its then design language and a dual exhaust. Two engines are offered in the US and Canadian markets, the 2.0L petrol engine offered in the previous generation and a new 2.5L inline-4 that is shared with the second-generation Mazda6.

The C1 architecture, a collaboration of Ford, Mazda, and Volvo, from the previous generation is carried over. The new model is marginally wider, longer and lighter than the previous generation Mazda3. The 2.3L engine was replaced with a 2.5L engine that produces 167 bhp (125 kW; 169 PS) and 167 lb·ft (226 N·m) of torque. In other markets, more engines are offered including a new 2.2L turbodiesel engine. A 2010 Mazda3 with a 2.5 liter engine and 6-speed manual transmission accelerates to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and completes the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds at 89 mph.

Mazda unveiled the 2010 Mazda3 sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 19 November 2008. The new Mazda3 is slightly larger than the older Mazda3 and is available in "i" and "s" versions. The "i" is powered by a 148 brake horsepower (110 kW) 2.0L engine while the "s" is powered by a 167 brake horsepower (125 kW) 2.5L engine adapted from the Mazda6. Both engines are also available in PZEV versions, the 2.0L producing 144 bhp (107 kW) and the 2.5L producing 165 bhp (123 kW). The 3s Grand Touring model adds leather seats, power driver's seat, rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, and steerable active bi-xenon headlights as standard equipment. The hatchback was unveiled a few weeks after the sedan at the Bologna Motor Show.

The European model includes the i-stop feature for the 2.0L DISI engine with an estimated increase fuel economy in city cycle by roughly 12%. This feature stops the engine each time the car comes to a complete stop, it quickly starts up again with the clutch pedal depression.

Changes occurred to the features and options of the Mazda3 midway through 2010. Features such as side mirrors with integrated turn signals, footwell lighting, and power seat memory functions were removed.

Third generation (BM; 2013–present)

The third generation 2014 Mazda3 was revealed in Australia on 26 June 2013. It now sits atop the new Skyactiv chassis, no longer sharing the Ford C1 platform. It is the third vehicle to sport the Mazda's 'KODO: Soul of Motion' design language, after the CX-5 and Mazda6.

It has a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.26 for the sedan, slightly higher for the hatchback. Combined with the SkyActiv technology, this produces a rating from the U.S. EPA of 30 mpg-US (36 mpg-imp; 7.8 L/100 km) city and 41 mpg-US (49 mpg-imp; 5.7 L/100 km) highway for the 2 litre sedan, and one less mpg highway for the 5-door hatchback.

Two SkyActiv engines are offered in North American markets, the 2.0l (with 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque) and the 2.5l (with 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque). The 2014 Mazda3 equipped with a 2.5 litre engine and 6-speed automatic transmission accelerates to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and finishes the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds at 95 mph. The 2.0 litre engine reaches 60 mph in 7.8 seconds and finishes the quarter-mile in 16.1 seconds. Initially the 6-speed manual gearbox was only for the 2.0 litre cars, and automatic transmission was standard on the 2.5, or available for the 2.0. In its first-drive review of the 2014 Mazda 3, the auto enthusiast weblog Jalopnik stated that "once the 2.5 comes with a manual transmission, there is really no reason to buy anything else in this class." For 2015 model year, the 2.5 litre cars are also offered with manual gearbox. Model grades for the US market are SV (2.0 Sedan only), Sport (2.0 Sedan & Hatchback), Touring, and Grand Touring (available in all body styles with either engine). The 2014 model ranked number one among Affordable Small Cars in U.S. News & World Report's rankings. In the 2014 Canadian Car of the Year rankings Mazda 3 was chosen as the Best New Small Car. Canadian magazine The Car Guide chose Mazda 3 as the Best Compact Car in its Best Buys car rankings for 2015 and 2016.

In Europe, three Skyactiv-G (petrol) engines are offered, one 1.5l and two 2.0l (at two different power ratings); and a 2.2l Skyactiv-D (Diesel) engine is available. Availability of hatchback and sedan body style and their combinations with engines varies amongst European markets. In 2014, the Mazda3 made it to the finals of the European Car of the Year competition. For the UK market, the Mazda3 Sedan is marketed as Fastback.

Thailand models of Mazda3 went on sale in 2014-03-18.


Photographs

Custom Mazda3 Custom
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
This car is actually a block away from The Crittenden Automotive Library's office and our own silver Pontiac Vibe wagon with green wheels!
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Jelly Belly Sport Beans Cycling Team Mazda3 Jelly Belly Sport Beans Cycling Team
Photo ©2012 Bill CrittendenParked outside of the distribution center and outlet store in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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Jelly Belly Sport Beans Cycling Team Mazda3 Jelly Belly Sport Beans Cycling Team
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Mazda3 MPS 2013 Geneva International Motor Show
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
28 July 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection
2004 Mazda 3 4-door
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Part 1 PDF - 4.9MB - 199 pages
Part 2 PDF - 778KB - 106 pages
14 October 2004Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2004 Mazda 3 4 Door
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 20.1MB - 348 pages
28 February 2005Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2004 Mazda 3
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.2MB - 91 pages
30 October 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Rigid Pole Side Impact Test
2006 Mazda 3 4-Door
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.8MB - 140 pages
22 April 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 301R: Fuel System Integrity - Rear Impact
2009 Mazda 3
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 52.1MB - 59 pages
29 April 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 126: Electronic Stability Control Systems
2009 Mazda3 S Sedan Touring
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 54.5MB - 63 pages
8 June 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 135: Passenger Car Brake Systems
2009 Mazda3 S Touring, 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 57.1MB - 71 pages
20 July 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 114: Theft Protection
2009 Mazda 3, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.4MB - 25 pages
12 August 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214S: Side Impact Protection (Static)
2009 Mazda 3, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.9MB - 56 pages
23 October 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 126: Electronic Stability Control Systems
2010 Mazda3 S 5-Door Sport
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 15.5MB - 64 pages
7 May 2010Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2010 Mazda 3 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.9MB - 166 pages
30 August 2010Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2010 Mazda 3
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.5MB - 102 pages


2007 Specifications

s Touring
Body Type4-door sedan
DrivetrainFF
Engine TypeI4
Engine Displacement138 cu. in./2261cc
Valvetrain16-valve DOHC
Horsepower156 @ 6500 rpm
Torque150 @ 4500 rpm
Maximum Engine RPM6500
Transmission5-speed manual
First Gear Ratio3.31
First Gear MPH per 1000 RPM5.4
Second Gear Ratio1.84
Second Gear MPH per 1000 RPM9.7
Third Gear Ratio1.31
Third Gear MPH per 1000 RPM13.6
Fourth Gear Ratio0.97
Fourth Gear MPH per 1000 RPM18.3
Fifth Gear Ratio0.76
Fifth Gear MPH per 1000 RPM23.4
Final Drive Ratio4.11:1
Front SuspensionStruts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear SuspensionMultilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Stability ControlYes
BrakesABS
Front BrakesVented disc
Rear BrakesDisc
Wheelbase103.9"
Length177.4"
Width69.1"
Height57.7"
Front Track60.2"
Rear Track59.6"
Front Seat Volume52 cu. ft.
Rear Seat Volume42 cu. ft.
Trunk Volume11 cu. ft.
Tire SizeP205/50R-17 88V
Fuel87-octane gasoline
Fuel Capacity14.5 gallons
Fuel Economy26 city/33 highway (EPA)
Maximum Speed118 mph (governor limited)
0-60 MPH (C/D test)7.3 seconds
1/4 Mile (C/D test)15.8 seconds @ 88 mph
Skidpad (300' diameter) (C/D test).85g
Braking (70-0 mph) (C/D test)168'
MSRP (Base)$18,885


Video

Mazda 3 MPS

Film Year:  2007
Producer:  Martin Lukanz, Luxmedia, MotorNewsTV
Duration:  1:46

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 2.0 Österreich (Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Austria) (CC BY-SA 2.0) License.  English:  Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0.

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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
August 1997Veridian On-Site Air Bag Related Child Passenger Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1994 Jaguar XJ6
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 338KB - 16 pages
September 2004On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Investigation
Vehicle - 2004 Mazda 3
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 510KB - 13 pages
December 2004Calspan On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2004 Mazda 3
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 215KB - 15 pages
September 2009On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Investigation
Vehicle - 2009 Mazda 3i
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,165KB - 21 pages
July 2010Remote SCI/NASS Combination Side Air Bag Investigation
2010 Mazda 3
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 946KB - 11 pages


Article Index

IssueArticleAuthor
6 July 2006Mazda3 Included In Kbb.com's Most Researched Vehicles For 2006's First HalfMargaret Adams
28 March 2011Fleet And Personal Car Reviews-An Unbiased Review Of The Mazda 3 1.6D TS2 NavJackie De Burca
25 May 2011Should Yet Get a Spoiler on Your Basic Mazda 3Terry S. Vostor
26 June 2013Mazda3 images leaked. Looks like a BMW Z4 Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
23 July 2013Be one of the first to see the new Mazda3 video Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
2 November 2013Crashed Mazda3 Gets Pulled Upright By A Tow Truck Then Rolls Into A Ditch Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
10 June 2015Four new alternatives to the MazdaSpeed3 John Goreham
7 July 20152016 Mazda3 comes with more standard goodies and a lower price John Goreham




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