2010 Mazda Mazda3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Liquid Silver Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,519 - $12,087
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
25 City / 33 HWY
Horsepower
148-263
Seats
5

How 2010 Mazda Mazda3 Ranks In Its Class

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#10
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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2010 Mazda Mazda3 If...

Fans of the previous MAZDA3, who want something that offers a new level of style and sophistication with better overall performance and handling, plus improved fuel economy, should be well pleased with the 2010 version.

Mazda Mazda3 Models & Trims

chevronDown icon i SV $6,519 - $8,042
Horsepower: 148 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Steel
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Horsepower: 148 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Steel
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chevronDown icon i Touring $7,099 - $8,756
Horsepower: 148 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon s Sport $7,439 - $9,132
Horsepower: 167 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon s Grand Touring $7,490 - $9,373
Horsepower: 167 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Mazdaspeed3 Sport $9,782 - $12,087
Horsepower: 263 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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Mazda3: Affordable, reliable and does far more than get you from A to Z.

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I bought this vehicle used, but almost new. It has been very reliable. I love the trunk space, its maneuverability and the many features it contains. The only real problem I've had with it is the battery in cold weather. After replacing it a couple of times after the car wouldn't start in cold weather I finally bought a very expensive, top of the line battery and haven't had any issues since. I wish there was a little more space in the backseat for car seats, but otherwise I've been very happy with this car.

Nicole B
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Fun to drive! This is a great car that handles well and looks good too.

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I test drove a Mazda3 in Los Angeles - if it can get through that traffic, it can get through just about anything! It handles smoothly, it is really reliable, and fun to drive. I use it to commute and haven't had any major work done to it, just routine maintenance. Only annoyance is the tire pressure sensor is really sensitive, but not a big deal. The seats are comfortable - the backseat could be a bit bigger, but it is not uncomfortable. Trunk size is really good for this size of vehicle.

Meghan S
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Black Mazda3 with Bluetooth and charging ports, really comfortable and reliable!

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My car has been really good. I bought it for pretty cheap because of the mileage being so low. It was almost 60000, and it is a 2010 model. The tires were just replaced, so it runs smoother than before. The seats are comfortable and are not leather which is good for when it gets hot. There is a Bluetooth feature, 2 charging outlets, and a CD player. I use them all most of the time. I also have put on a lot of mileage within the last few years, but they haven't been any major problems.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$6,519 - $8,042
$6,855 - $8,476

Horsepower

Horsepower
148 (hp)
148 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

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

Sun Roof

Alarm

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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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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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42 (in.)
42 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.1 - 38.9 (in.)
38.1 - 38.9 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.2 (in.)
36.2 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.4 - 37.5 (in.)
37.4 - 37.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
11.8 (cu. ft.)
11.8 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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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

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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Steel

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/55HR16
P205/55HR16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.9 (in.)
103.9 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
17.1 (ft.)
17.1 (ft.)

Length

Length
180.7 (in.)
180.7 (in.)

Width

Width
69.1 (in.)
69.1 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2868 - 2870 (.lbs)
2868 - 2932 (.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
29 (mpg)
29 (mpg)

City

City
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
33 (mpg)
33 (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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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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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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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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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
  • Front/rear side-impact door beams
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags (SRS) -inc: crash zone, drivers seat position, passenger weight sensors
  • Front seat mounted driver/front passenger side-impact air bags (SRS)
  • 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)
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Crashable brake pedal
  • Whiplash-reducing active front headrests
  • Trunk entrapment release system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system *
  • 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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Seats Feb 9, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 9, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V082000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2011 Mazda2 and 2010-2011 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the seat height adjustment lifter links may break or detach from the seat frame and the seat angle may incline causing the driver to not be able to maintain an appropriate driving position.
Consequence:
If the driver cannot maintain an appropriate driving position, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat lifter links and install a reinforcement bracket to the lifter links, or replace the entire seat adjuster unit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 31, 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0917B.
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Structure Sep 6, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 6, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V644000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles manufactured November 18, 2008, to June 8, 2013, 2012-2015 Mazda5 vehicles manufactured October 26, 2010, to June 22, 2015, 2016 CX-3 vehicles manufactured June 1, 2015, to December 26, 2015, and 2013-2016 CX-5 vehicles manufactured December 15, 2011, to December 26, 2015. On the affected vehicles, the lift gate support struts may corrode, possibly causing the struts to break and/or the lift gate to drop unexpectedly.
Consequence:
If the lift gate falls unexpectedly, it may hit the user, increasing their risk of injury.
Remedy:
Mazda dealers will replace the both lift gate supports, free of charge, however parts are not currently available. Mazda sent an interim notifications to owners November 2016 and will mail a second notice when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 9916H.
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Electrical System Apr 15, 2009
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 15, 2009
NHTSA Campaign:
09V126000
Summary:
MAZDA IS RECALLING 25,400 MY 2010 MAZDA3 VEHICLES. A CLEARANCE BETWEEN THE ENGINE HARNESS AND THE HOUSING OF STARTER MOTOR MAY BE INSUFFICIENT. DUE TO THIS, THE COVERING OF THE HARNESS MAY BE DAMAGED THROUGH VIBRATION DURING OPERATION POSSIBLY CAUSING A SHORT-CIRCUIT BETWEEN CERTAIN HARNESS WIRES AND THE STARTER HOUSING. A SHORT-CIRCUIT CAN RESULT IN ENGINE CONTROL MALFUNCTION AND/OR POOR SHIFT QUALITY.
Consequence:
THE MAIN FUSE MAY BLOW OUT CAUSING THE ENGINE TO STALL AND INABILITY OF RESTART, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL HAVE THE ENGINE HARNESS INSPECT AND ADD A PROTECTOR CLIP ON THE AFFECTED SECTION OF THE HARNESS. IF NECESSARY, THE HARNESS WILL BE REPAIRED. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON MAY 6, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA AT 1-800-222-5500.

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