2009 Mazda Mazda3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Sunlight Silver Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,643 - $10,238
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
22 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
148-263
Seats
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How 2009 Mazda Mazda3 Ranks In Its Class

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#10
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#11
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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2009 Mazda Mazda3 If...

If you're in the market for a compact pocket rocket that can also serve as a daily driver, the MAZDASPEED3 should be at the top of your list. With a sub six-second zero to 60-mph time and a top speed of 155 miles per hour, there's nothing in this price range that can match the 2009 MAZDASPEED3's performance.

Mazda Mazda3 Models & Trims

chevronDown icon i Sport $5,643 - $7,122
Horsepower: 148 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0 (in.) - Steel
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chevronDown icon i Touring Value $5,812 - $7,305
Horsepower: 148 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon s Sport $6,603 - $8,320
Horsepower: 156 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon s Touring $6,558 - $8,257
Horsepower: 156 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon s Grand Touring $6,280 - $8,023
Horsepower: 156 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon Mazdaspeed3 Sport $8,177 - $10,238
Horsepower: 263 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon Mazdaspeed3 GT $7,889 - $10,000
Horsepower: 263 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
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Owner Reviews

4.35
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Reliable vehicle for road trips.

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I originally bought my car because I was expecting a child and I wanted a reliable form of transportation. This car has been great. In the six years I have had my car there has not been any major issues. Just your normal wear and tear. I have drove back and forth from NC to TX multiple times. I have never worried about the car breaking down. I could not have asked for a better investment.

Tiffany S
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Mazda. . . A clean, smooth car for sophisticated drivers.

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The car is a very smooth ride and does not have the jerkiness that I have experienced in many other vehicles. The interior is beautiful, clean, and simple to navigate! It is a supremely comfortable car that is reliable and great on gas mileage. The only issue I have with the car is that the back seat is not very spacious, which makes it difficult to load up with family members.

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Overall I recommend this car for a younger driver.

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If I were to buy a new car (that is not a hybrid), I would get a newer model with less miles. This is my first car, but I have experience driving other cars. I like that this car does not have a completely smooth drive (unlike newer cars I have driven). For example, it feels like a race car when driving on the highway. I would also like to add that it gets good mileage.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,643 - $7,122
$5,812 - $7,305

Horsepower

Horsepower
148 (hp)
148 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC MPFI 16
2.0L DOHC MPFI 16
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Alarm

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Not Available
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Not Available
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Not Available
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Not Available
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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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
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Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Optional
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Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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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
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Optional
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/65HR15
P205/50VR17

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.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2780 - 2828 (.lbs)
2780 - 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
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- TBD - (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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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
27 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

City

City
23 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
31 (mpg)
31 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Traction Control

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

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Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brake system w/electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) & brake assist
  • 5-mph bumpers
  • Front/rear side-impact door beams
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags (SRS) -inc: crash zone, drivers seat position, passenger weight sensors
  • Front seat mounted side-impact air bags
  • Front/rear side curtain air bags
  • 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)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Crushable brake pedal
  • Trunk entrapment release system
  • Single-type horn
  • 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.

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Safety Recalls (3)

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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.
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Visibility > Windshield Wiper/washer > Motor Jun 15, 2011
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 15, 2011
NHTSA Campaign:
11V329000
Summary:
MAZDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 MAZDA3 AND MAZDASPEED3 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 7, 2008, THROUGH NOVEMBER 28, 2008. THE GROUND TERMINAL OF THE WINDSHIELD WIPER MOTOR MAY HAVE BEEN INADVERTENTLY BENT DURING ASSEMBLY. IF THIS CONDITION EXISTS THEN OVER TIME THE ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE OF THE MOTOR CIRCUIT MAY INCREASE UP TO A POINT THAT THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS WOULD NOT WORK.
Consequence:
THE LOSS OF WIPER FUNCTION IN ADVERSE WEATHER COULD POTENTIALLY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL AN ADDITIONAL GROUND HARNESS ON THE WIPER MOTOR FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JULY 15, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-222-5500.
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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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