Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,043 - $24,155
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
148-263
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,043 - $24,155
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
148-263
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Mazda Mazda3 If...

If you're shopping for an economical small car that can be nicely equipped for around $18,000, check out the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3. Sharp styling and road-hugging handling are standard, as i...

2008 Mazda Mazda3 Owner Reviews

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Copper red mica 2008 Mazda 3 s 2. 3 l 5 speed manual.

My Mazda 3 is a 2. 3l 5 speed manual car with about 150, 000 miles on it. I replaced the clutch last year and it is going strong. It runs and drives everyday and has never let me down. Basic equipment includes power windows and locks, a sunroof and 17" alloy wheels. Overall the performance of the car is excellent especially for what is considered an economy car. It handles very well and has enough power to really get up and go. I have enjoy this car thoroughly for the last couple years I have owned it and would definitely recommend it to somebody looking for an inexpensive, reliable car that is fun to drive.

- Andrew F

Mazda 2008 really goes Zoom! Zoom!

I really like this cat because of the good gas mileage & minimal maintenance needed. It has really good acceleration for merging onto the highway & roadways. One of things I am experiencing is the drivers window doesn't always roll up. I've spoken to other Mazda drivers and they have experienced the same problem. The braking system is really good also. I live the factory stereo too! In the counsel compartment you can store many things and it also has access to charge your phone and plug your phone into the aux for the stereo. And you can easily store phone and aux cords out of site.

- Tammy T

2008 Mazda 3 review: a good first car.

I got my car used with about 100,000 miles on it. I have had very few issues with the vehicle, and none of them have been serious. . The door handle on the driver's side had the interior mechanism break, and I couldn't use it until I got it replaced. But in fairness the cable snapped inside the door in extreme cold (-40 degree winter storm), so that is understandable. Sometimes the lock on the passenger side door does not unlock automatically. My front speakers didn't work when I got the car. I have had no actual issues with the vehicle (breakdowns or anything like that).

- Allen J

Ranked #7 Compact Cars by Owners

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,043 - $6,388
$14,795

Horsepower

Horsepower
148 hp
148 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC MPFI 16
2.0L DOHC MPFI 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.1 in.
41.1 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.1 - 39.1 in.
38.1 - 39.1 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.3 in.
36.3 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37 - 37.4 in.
37 - 37.4 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
11.5 cu. ft.
11.5 cu. ft.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.9 in.
103.9 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.1 ft.
34.1 ft.

Length

Length
177.4 in.
177.4 in.

Width

Width
69.1 in.
69.1 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2780 - 2795 .lbs
2811 - 2828 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
144 - 148 hp
144 - 148 hp

Torque

Torque
132 - 135 ft. lbs.
132 - 135 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
12 - 16 mpg
12 - 16 mpg

City

City
24 mpg
23 mpg

Highway

Highway
32 mpg
31 mpg

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
Not Tested

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety