2007 Mazda 3 GT w/ Luxury Package 2.3 from North America


GREAT looking! FUN to drive!!


Nothing so far.

General Comments:

- This car is very nicely styled, especially in the GT trim, with the luxury package conveying the look of a much more expensive sedan both on the inside and outside

- Handling and acceleration are excellent while the same can be said for the braking

- The quality of the materials is very good, but, the headliner material and the carpeting could have been of a better quality

- The lack of a "dead pedal" driver's footrest is either a glaring oversight or cost cutting to keep the price down

- Overall build quality is very good and more than acceptable considering that this is after all a compact economy car

- Sound quality of the 6 CD changer stereo is excellent and the built in jack for MP3 players to connect into is a very useful

- Xenon headlights look great and further enhance the upscale look and feel of this car

- Auto headlight and Rain Sensing Wipers work very well although the sensitivity of the rain sensors sometimes seems to vary

- Fuel economy has been very good and comparable to my previous car (2003 Civic LX-Auto) despite this car having a bigger engine.

I would strongly recommend this car to anyone looking for a compact car with lots of upscale features and solid build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2007

2007 Mazda 3 Speed3 2.3 Direct Ignition turbo from North America


Best bang for the buck, but not so much bang in the city.


Engine light started to come on and off during the start of our Canadian winter. I brought it in when the light was on and was told it was to do with the drive-by-wire throttle position sensor. My guess is that when the throttle plate is cold and stiff, there must be a micro-second lapse from the gas pedal hitting the floor board, and the throttle plate snapping open. I'm almost 90% guaranteed to activate the 'engine light' when I floor the gas pedal on a cold day. A couple of hours or days of easy driving, and the light turns off. Not a big deal for me now, but my Speed3 will receive every imaginable software update once spring rolls around, free of charge from the dealership obviously.

General Comments:

I read the horsepower and torque figures in my Toronto newspaper, and made a dash to the Mazda dealership to grab one of the 200 Speed3's destined for Canada in 2006. I thought I would be getting V8 Mustang performance with I4 fuel economy and station wagon practicality. Only one of three is correct.

Firstly, everyone speaks of the power limiting computer gimmickry that makes the car manageable with it's shortened 1st and 2nd gear ratios, but I'm surprised nobody speaks of it's drawbacks. I hate the disconnected feel of my foot slamming down on the gas, and the engine bogging down. What makes it worse is that you can't turn these limitations off! I pray there is an after-market outfit that can disable the ECU power reductions. When 280 lbs/feet of of rubber shredding torque starts to wear thin on my nerves, let ME be the one to pull the plug on the fun!

I was following my buddy's Chevy minivan in dense traffic, when suddenly a lane opens up. He floors it and takes off, so I nail the gas too... but I've got three problems; turbo lag, power reduction in 2nd gear, and further power reduction 'cause the wheels are turned. By the time I complete the lane change and straighten the wheels, my friend is now 15 car lengths ahead! I almost paid a big price during a left turn at busy intersection. You think with 280 lbs/feet of torque you could just turn left through an intersection in a blink of an eye. I floor it and turn the wheel... but there's no boost, just meddling nanny controls that ensured I cleared the intersection as slow as possible. NOT COOL! Now I second guess myself in my 'so-called' road rocket!

As an urban hooligan ride, this car falls flat on it's face, but on the highway this car is AMAZING. Even in 6th gear, the 280 lbs/feet of unrestricted torque will shoot this car from 120km to 200km with ZERO effort. Even to this day I find myself reaching for the shifter, wrongfully thinking that I'm still in 5th!

To my chagrin, this car guzzles a surprising amount of premium fuel. What makes things worse is that it's nearly impossible not to blow past these punks in their loud civics and neons.

Surprisingly, people don't pay any attention to me. This car is really low-key, even the majority of other Mazda 3 owners don't know I've got 100 more horses under my bulging hood. Even with the bright red paint job, this car as been unmolested in public parking spots for days at a time. My paranoia of thieves bending over backwards to steal my very limited edition Speed3 hasn't materialized just yet... KNOCK ON WOOD! Oh... and my insurance quote for the 3 and Speed3 were the same! Hopefully they won't catch on.

You've gotta love the praticality of this car. Humans, as well as big furniture items from Ikea get in and out of this car with ease. The WRX wagon is the next car that can match the Speed3 for practicality and performance, but with a $5000 price difference, and a lot less styling and finesse, this Speed3 can't be beat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2007

17th Feb 2007, 20:35

I too have a 3 MPS, however I don't seem to have the problem that you do WRT the "electronic nanny". I can also turn the nanny off by pressing the DSC button. Do that and you have to be carefull with the right foot otherwise you will end up in a wall of tyre smoke!! With the nanny on I notice the power reduction in 1st and 2nd with the wheel turned, however when straight it doesn't seem to retard it too much. It is no where near dangerous or dissapointing as you describe. The turbo lag you mentioned seems to be lacking in mine as well. True it doesn't start to really boogie until 2500-3000 rpm, but I wouldn't call it laggy compared too many other turbo cars I have driven/owned. I also find the fuel economy to be fantastic for the type of car it is. I have not yet had the economy go above 10L/100km for a tank yet, which included some spirited driving. I can easily get mid to low 7L/100km on the highway which is not much different to our Auto Mazda 6 2.3 (both cars are about the same weight). The open road performance of this car is awesome and if you drive it correctly, there wouldn't be many cars around that could beat it on a nice mountain road without paying big $$$$$$

2007 Mazda 3 s Touring 2.3L from North America


The Mazda3 is a great car for the money! I love it!


Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

I love my Mazda3. It is so different from my last car. I had a 2000 Daewoo Lanos that I intended to keep for many more years. Unfortunately, I was in an accident in September and my car was 'totalled' (not that it took much since they are almost worthless now). I had to find a new car very quickly.

After the accident, I had to get a rental until I bought a new car. The rental happened to be a Mazda3 (one of the lower trim packages). Until then I had never even heard of a Mazda3.

I was impressed by the car and decided to include it in my comparisons. All of the research I did picked the 3 as a best in class or equivalent. I test drove one the next day and loved it. I got a slightly upgraded one (s Touring) to get the larger engine, 6 disk changer and sunroof.

The hardest part of the purchase was finding a Mazda3 with the features I wanted around town to buy. There are several dealers, but they do not keep a large stock. Either that or they were just out because of the high demand. I ended up going with a 2007 instead of a 2006. I wanted the 2006 because the warranty is a year longer than the 2007.

I have had it now for about 5 months (about 8,000 miles). I have had no problems with it. I did opt for the extended warranty because I intend to keep this car for a long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2007