2008 Mazda Mazda3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,879 - $8,976
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
24 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
148-263
Seats
5

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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 is a long list of uncommon options such as DVD navigation and Bose audio.

Mazda Mazda3 Models & Trims

Man i Sport *Ltd Avail* $5,356 - $6,875
Horsepower: 148 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0 (in.) - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Sport *Ltd Avail* $5,356 - $6,875
Horsepower: 148 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0 (in.) - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
i Touring *Ltd Avail $5,305 - $6,772
Horsepower: 148 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
s Sport *Ltd Avail* $5,712 - $7,311
Horsepower: 156 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
s Touring *Ltd Avail* $5,794 - $7,393
Horsepower: 156 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
s GT *Ltd Avail* $5,862 - $7,533
Horsepower: 156 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Mazdaspeed3 Sport*Ltd Avail* $6,965 - $8,976
Horsepower: 263 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Mazdaspeed3 GT *Ltd Avail* $6,658 - $8,621
Horsepower: 263 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
i Sport $5,356 - $6,875
Horsepower: 148 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0 (in.) - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
i Touring Value $4,879 - $6,302
Horsepower: 148 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
s Sport $5,712 - $7,311
Horsepower: 156 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
s Touring $5,794 - $7,393
Horsepower: 156 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
s Grand Touring $5,862 - $7,533
Horsepower: 156 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Mazdaspeed3 Sport $6,965 - $8,976
Horsepower: 263 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Mazdaspeed3 GT $6,658 - $8,621
Horsepower: 263 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.25
1 star
0%

Mazda 3 - sporty and reliable.

My Mazda 3 manual shift sedan has been incredibly reliable. There is not too much room in the back for passengers who may be taller or larger, but plenty of legroom in the front. The trunk is also surprisingly a good size for the size of the vehicle. It shifts smoothly and I have not had any significant problems with it since I bought it 2 years ago. It is also very good on gas and maintenance is reasonable.

Jessica C
Helpful

I love the uniqueness of this car!

This car is the second car I have ever had and I haven't had a single issue! I think the performance is the thing I am impressed by most. No matter where I am going or howling the drive is, it will get me there with no worries! The gas mileage is ok, but could definitely be a little better. Overall, this car has not given me any issues since I bought it and highly recommend it!

Sierra D
Helpful

A sporty economical vehicle.

It is sporty and drives and handles like a sports car. It has a lot of get up and go, even for a small car. I have had this car for 10 years and except for general maintenance have had to do very little repair work. It has been very reliable and never left me on the road. I would definitely buy a Mazda in the future. I am looking at buying the SUV version as my next vehicle.

Sonya M
Helpful

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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,356 - $6,875
$5,356 - $6,875

Horsepower

Horsepower
148 (hp)
148 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

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

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

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.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Steel

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/65HR15
P195/65HR15

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 (hp)
144 (hp)

Torque

Torque
132 (ft. lbs.)
132 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
- TBD - (.lbs)
- TBD - (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

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
28 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

City

City
24 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
32 (mpg)
31 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Not Available
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Traction Control

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brake system w/electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) & brake assist
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags (SRS)-inc: crash zone, drivers seat position, passenger weight sensors
  • Front seat belt pretensioners w/force limiters, height adjustable
  • 3-point seat belts for all positions
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Rear seat child safety seat lower anchors & upper tethers (LATCH)
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Crashable brake pedal
  • Front/rear side-impact door beams
  • Trunk entrapment release system
  • 5-mph bumpers
  • Single-type horn
  • Front seat mounted side-impact air bags
  • Front/rear side curtain air bags
  • Dynamic stability control (DSC) w/traction control system (TCS) *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

‌Overall
Mechanical
Powertrain Quality
Body & Interior Design
‌Features
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best

Safety Recalls (2)

Steering > Electric Power Assist System Aug 12, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 12, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V374000
Summary:
MAZDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 MAZDA3 AND MAZDA5 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 2, 2007 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2008. THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH A SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER STEERING ASSIST COULD OCCUR AT ANY TIME WHILE DRIVING THE VEHICLE.
Consequence:
POWER STEERING ASSIST IS SUDDENLY LOST REDUCING THE DRIVER'S ABILITY TO STEER THE VEHICLE AS TYPICALLY EXPECTED, AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DUE TO SHORT SUPPLY OF PARTS, THE FIRST PHASE OF MAILING OF OWNER NOTIFICATION LETTERS WILL BEGIN ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 AND THE SECOND PHASE MAILING WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER 2010 AND BE COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-222-5500.
Equipment Mar 31, 2009
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 31, 2009
NHTSA Campaign:
09E011000
Summary:
THULE, INC. IS RECALLING 2,323 OWNER-INSTALLED ROOF-MOUNTED FIT KITS, MODELS 3068 AND 3069, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2008 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2009 THAT ARE USED WITH THULE PODIUM FOOT PACKS, MODELS 460 AND 460R. THESE FIT KITS WERE SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE BOLT(S) USED TO SECURE THE FOOT TO THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED TO A HARDNESS THAT MAY CAUSE THE BOLT(S) TO BE BRITTLE AND POTENTIALLY BREAK UNDER STRESS.
Consequence:
THIS MAY RESULT IN THE BOLT(S) SNAPPING OFF DURING USE OR WITHOUT A LOAD. THE UNSECURED RACK AND LOAD CAN THEN COME LOOSE WHILE DRIVING CREATING A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
THULE WILL MAIL A RETRO FIT KIT ALONG WITH REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS TO OWNERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THULE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-238-2388.

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