Review: 2010 Mazda 3 GT by Tony Whitney

19 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Review: 2010 Mazda 3 GT by Tony Whitney
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2010 Mazda 3 GT

The original first appeared at the Paris salon as a 2004 model and it a significant advancement for the Hiroshima-based and one that was to have a dramatic on the company in the years that

Previously, Mazda’s entry in the competitive compact class was the unmemorable Protegé, which a reasonably good car, really give the manufacturer of a toehold in its market slot. The Protegé 5 was far more “interesting” its hatchback design and almost lines. This model to be a stopgap product between the sedan and the Mazda3 range, from the start included sedan and hatchback body

The Mazda3 (based on a platform was a joint design effort by Ford and Volvo) was a big success from the word go and brought the back into the forefront of car design. It was much praised by the media for its value, modernistic excellent power and handling and an that didn’t shriek rent” in any way. From time on, it’s always among the top three sellers in its and for one heady period, actually ahead of the all-conquering Honda in the sales charts.

Buyers have always to have the Mazda3’s choice of or hatchback bodystyles – which help when a vehicle for a specific application. Toyota (Corolla), Nissan or Ford (Focus) has a hatchback available to buyers shopping in segment. Incidentally, for anyone who Japan and would like to one of these, don’t ask for a Mazda3.

called Axela over In some markets, the even compact Mazda2 is offered and also a plan for a smaller yet Even so, the Mazda3 remains the model from this offered in North America and are no plans afoot to bring us diminutive vehicles.

Japanese automobiles outside the luxury usually have four-year lives, so with the recent of an all- new 2010 Mazda3, the car has had a run – and justifiably so. Even so, model generation comes to an end at stage and the new car boasts a wide of upgrades and enhancements, both and cosmetic.

My most recent focus was on a GT a version that sits well at the top of the Mazda3’s price Like the first generation it has a tight, sporty look a short, almost stubby When the first generation debuted, some critics the sedan looked better the hatchback but with the new generation, versions are equally attractive placed side by side.

The new car is the same size as the old one with an of similar dimensions to the earlier This is no bad thing, as too many keep edging the size of “compacts” up a notch with new model until they’ve grown into the class One thing that is bigger on the new is the trunk, which should families who use the car for lengthy road

The styling is very easy on the eye and our GT great from the front its big grille and (standard on the GT) bi-xenon Usually, bi-xenon lights are with far more expensive than the Mazda3 GT. Mazda its styling philosophy “Nagare” and this translates into and flow.” The sedan is more or wedge-shaped, so it looks very and even aggressive.

The huge grille, incidentally, is functional according to Mazda

The GT is fitted with a new 2.5-litre 4-cylinder powerplant that 167-horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 168 lb-ft of

My GT featured a 6-speed manual which proved precise and to operate – in fact, the of this transmission coupled the new engine’s snappy performance this car a delight to drive. basic Mazda3s use a 2.0-litre 4- that’s much the same as the one in the generation cars. The automatic for this range is a 5-speed.

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Inside the 2010 car, the of “more opulence than expect” is carried on and the cabin is far pleasing than you’d for at this price point. The panel is home to a pair of hooded dials that you most of what you need to and other information is displayed on a of electronic panels. A full-function computer is included and it works well indeed.

Thankfully, the and air conditioning controls are uncomplicated and to grasp and the nicely-shaped leather-wrapped wheel is used to locate for, among other cruise control and sound functions. Mazda says steering wheel buttons “youth market appeal,” but we imagine anyone, however who wouldn’t prefer to have the control buttons within reach, rather than on located stalks.

Blue/red lighting is used to create of a cozy atmosphere and it’s noting that several are realizing that coloured lighting” in a vehicle cockpit can a relaxed ambiance. A navigation is available as an option. Also on the list is a Bluetooth system links to most mobile for hand-free use – now more than ever thanks to regions of Canada banning phone use in vehicles (BC may be next!).

The front seats are well-formed good side bolstering and the accommodations are fine for a car in this One thing Mazda always to get right is the relationship between seat, pedals and steering Climb into a new Mazda3, the seat and it’s almost that whatever your you’ll feel pretty behind the wheel first out.

There’s no question the cabin of this car is right up the very best in its class.

the new car impresses again, with a that combines just the amount of sportiness with a ride. Wound up a little on a road, the Mazda3 is very and supple on its 17-inch wheels 50 series tires and the electro- steering is a real high – the car goes exactly it’s pointed and it’s forgiving if you make any minor You’d probably have to go to a import sports sedan to get “feel” out of a small sedan and would cost an awful lot than this Mazda.

The GT has all-around disc brakes ABS, plus electronic force distribution and brake If the sensors detect an emergency attempt, the electronics step in to out and the result is a car that will remarkably quickly – the worry would be the vehicle if a “panic stop” is made. If all fails, there’s a full of air bags and active head are also part of the safety

Replacing the first-generation car must caused Mazda’s development more than the odd headache but clear they didn’t to adopt a “reinvent the wheel” The old model was very well but let’s just say that the 2010 version, a very automobile managed to become better.

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