The 2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring adds a few more safety features, creature comforts, and options to what you get with the Sport Trim. This front-wheel drive compact hatchback pa...
The 2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring adds a few more safety features, creature comforts, and options to what you get with the Sport Trim. This front-wheel drive compact hatchback packs a punch in its turbocharged 2.3-liter, DOHC inline four with variable valve timing, delivering 263 hp and 280 ft-lbs of torque. It is matched to a 6-speed manual only. Foglights, a rear spoiler, side skirts, and alloy wheels add to the sporty appearance.
Equipped with a standard limited slip differential, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, traction and stability control, and dual front-side and side curtain airbags, the 2008 MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring earns three and four stars in crash tests. The Grand Touring brings automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and xenon headlights to the mix. Other safety features include head restraints, a tire monitor, and a security system. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is optional.
The hatchback seats four, though the 36 inches of rear legroom can feel cramped. The cargo area starts at 16 cubic feet and expands to 44 with the rear seats down. It comes with a cargo area cover, and a net can be added. A fold-down armrest in the backseat adds comfort, along with front and rear cupholders. The 2008 MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring upgrades with a trip computer, leather bolsters, and a Bose sound system with 6-CD changer and seven speakers. Other features include a full power setup, remote entry, intermittent front and rear wipers, leather trim, a tachometer and temperature display, and wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls. A navigation system is offered exclusively on the 2008 MAZDASPEED 3 Grand Touring, joining satellite radio, a compass, and a remote garage opener as options.