Air Conditioning Air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning · Dual front air conditioning zones · Rear heat vents
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Antenna Type: mast, diversity · Auxiliary audio input: MP3, jack, iPod/iPhone integration · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · Satellite Radio: Sirius ready · Speed Sensitive Volume Control · Total Number of Speakers: 6
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 12.6 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Power · Rear brake diameter: 11.0 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features Door sill trim: scuff plate · Door trim: cloth · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Foot pedal trim: aluminum · Parking brake trim: urethane · Rear floor mats · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Ashtray · Assist handle: front, rear · Cargo area light · Cargo cover: hard · Center console: front console with armrest and storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front · Lighter element · Multi-function remote: controls fuel filler, trunk release, keyless entry with panic alarm, keyless/illuminated entry, keyless entry · One-touch windows: 1 · Power outlet(s): two 12V · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, audio · Storage: door pockets, front seatback, accessory hook · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Doors Liftgate window: fixed · Rear door type: liftgate
Drivetrain Axle ratio: 3.53 · Limited slip differential: front
Engine Alternator: 110 amps
Exterior Features Door handle color: body-color · Front bumper color: body-color · Grille color: grey · Mirror color: body-color · Rear bumper color: body-color · Rear spoiler: roofline spoiler · Rear spoiler color: body-color
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation Boost gauge · Electroluminescent instrumentation · External temperature display · Fuel economy display: MPG, range · Multi-function display · Tachometer · Trip computer · Trip odometer: 2 · Warnings and reminders: maintenance reminder, lamp failure, low fuel, engine oil, coolant, tire fill alert
Interior Metallic-tone accents
Lights Door courtesy lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Halogen · Spoiler brake light
Locks Auto-lock
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, manual folding · Inside rearview mirror: manual day/night
Rear Seats Type: 60-40 split bench
Safety Active head restraints: driver · Body side reinforcements: side impact door beams · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors: LATCH system · Energy absorbing steering column · Impact absorbing bumpers · Safety brake pedal system
Seatbelts Front seatbelts: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front · Seatbelt warning sensor: driver and passenger · Second row seatbelts: 3-point
Seats Driver seat manual adjustments: reclining · Front seat type: bucket · Passenger seat manual adjustments: reclining · Rear headrests: adjustable · Upholstery: leather · Upholstery accents: cloth
Security 2-stage unlocking doors · Engine immobilizer
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside · Size: temporary
Spare Wheel Rim Type: steel
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Steering Steering ratio: 16.2 · Turns lock-to-lock: 2.7
Suspension Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear
Telematics Phone wireless data link: Bluetooth
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: summer performance
Tires and Rims Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows: front · Rear defogger · Rear wiper: fixed intermittent, with washer · Side window defogger
Price $23,340 MSRP
Body Style Hatchback
Engine 2.3L 263 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
18MPG city
25MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD




Drivetrain FWD
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
18MPG city
25MPG highway


Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard


Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player


2.3L 263 hp I4
Power 263 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 280 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM


Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume15.9 gal
Front Legroom42 in
Back Legroom36.2 in
Wheelbase103.9 in
Length177.6 in
Width69.7 in
Height57.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume17 cu ft
Last year, the 2009 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 earned third place in Motor Trend’s “Small, Fast, Fun” comparison, and apparently Mazda wasn’t happy with that. For 2010, the MAZDASPEED3 underwent... Read More
Last year, the 2009 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 earned third place in Motor Trend’s “Small, Fast, Fun” comparison, and apparently Mazda wasn’t happy with that. For 2010, the MAZDASPEED3 underwent an extensive redesign and styling upgrade that resulted in improvements to the transmission, suspension, and electronics, as well as fresh and functional aesthetic changes.
Just like the rest of the Mazda line, this front-wheel-drive hatchback gets the Nagare treatment, a Japanese word translating to “flow,” resulting in a new lower air dam and hood scoop bookending the new smiley-face grille. Following along the side, new side skirts lead the eye around the vehicle, showing off the larger-diameter dual exhaust tips, a larger wing, and wheels that have increased in width by half an inch.
The big changes happen under the skin, specifically in the suspension. Stiffer springs and increased damping improve both the MacPherson front strut and multi-link rear suspension, and thicker sheetmetal in high-stress locations results in what Mazda claims is a 2% increase in torsional rigidity.
The six-speed manual transmission has also been reworked with taller gearing for all but first and sixth. This, in conjunction with a larger hood scoop producing increased airflow and a new intake duct, was applied in an effort to increase overall efficiency. Braking and steering have been similarly reworked, ditching the respective mechanical and hydraulic systems for electronic units that provide an unevenly progressive ratio for the steering and an assist system for the braking. Mazda also added a torque-sensing conical limited-slip differential and a re-engineered torque-management system to deal with all the power put out by the direct-injected, 2.3-liter, turbocharged, 263-hp four-cylinder engine.
A unique interior shows off its namesake, with a MAZDASPEED3 emblem and red stitching on the bucket seats, as well as an LED boost gauge in the otherwise standard cluster, a first in the MAZDASPEED3. For those who want a bit of luxury, grab the optional Tech Package to add keyless ignition, a 5-channel Bose 6-CD satellite radio, and a navigation system with alarm.
With all these upgrades, it looks like Mazda is aiming for first place this time around. The 2010 MAZDASPEED3 won’t be released until November, however, so we’ll have to wait to see if they got it right.