• Oct 10, 2008
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Mazda has already given us a sneak-peak at its long-awaited 2010 Mazda3, and while we like what we've seen so far, we want more. We know that team Zoom Zoom is adding a new 2.5L engine to replace the outgoing 2.3L engine, and that the full Monte will be shown at the LA Auto Show next month, but anything more would be great. We came across a short video clip of the Mazda3 in action, but it's 12 seconds long and shows the same three photos we've already seen with moving wheel animations. Needless to say, it's a little disappointing. Now is as good of a time as any to look at the high-resolution pics we do have in the gallery below, and if you need help imagining what Mazda's top-selling sedan looks like in motion, hit the jump.


[Source: eGMCarTech]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet, bigger, heavier, with a larger (thirstier?) engine just in time for people looking to downsize. Tested this in '04 and almost bought it, but if they're "Americanizing" it, I'll scratch it off my list of cars to even bother testing next time around...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a former 3 owner, and the big reason I got rid of the car was the same reason I don't like most Japanese compacts: despite having a wonderfully maneuverable chassis, it was just too light and flimsy for my taste. Nothing like German cars, though that is essentially Mazda's target. I was really looking forward to trying out the 2010, but was unable to wait that long before obtaining a new car, unfortunately. An article in AutoCar recently said that the ride quality and interior refinement of the prototype that they drove is very commendable, on par with the GTI, which is ironic because that's exactly what I bought in the 3's place. I don't regret the decision at all; the ride quality of the GTI is so much more substantial than the 3, and it's exactly this "substantive" shortcoming of the 3 which made me go German, so it's excellent to know that Mazda is taking that level of refinement to heart. Even though I won't be buying a new 3, it will definitely be on my radar and I look forward to testing one out to experience the chassis improvements.
        • 6 Years Ago
        to add to all those bitching about VW reliability:

        My co-worker desperately wants to convince his wife "to ditch their VW for anything else". He's told me it's just been in the shop too much. "It's a nice car...it's just raping us in the wallet with repair costs."

        I don't own a vw or a m3/ms3 so I can't say anything to either's reliability.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know I'm not the first to say this, but the Golf/Jetta was in my sights when I bought my 3, but I learned the lessons of several of my peers and opted for the 3 instead. My Mazda3 has been utterly reliable and trouble free save for 1 CEL. Meanwhile, non of my friends that owned VWs own them anymore due to problems, except for one guy who comes from money, has multiple vehicles, and isn't a normal working stiff who needs a reliable ride to get to work everyday. A few VW fans will always scream that theirs is 100% perfect, or one model is better than the others, but sorry I just don't see it. EVERYONE I have ever known to own a VW in the modern era has had problems, and it didn't matter if the car was a Golf, Jetta, Passat, made in Mexico or made in Germany. "German engineering" is a crock, and I'll take US or Japanese anyday thanks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So you're saying that you got rid off a light and nimble car.... Mind, GTI is a top Golf model, not a standard junk you get from VW. And there's quality... Current Mazda3 is the most reliable car ever sold in Europe, that's according to the German industrial quality audit body TUV.

        http://www.themotorreport.com.au/3562/mazda2-and-mazda3-dominate-german-reliability-survey/
        http://www.tuvam.com/tuvnews/hotnews/pressdetail.cfm?id=1391
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh, you know that the VW counterpart to the 3 is the rabbit, right? And Mazda's GTI eater is the MazdaSpeed 3? I chose one over the GTI for the savings, increased driving fun and excitement, and the motor in the MS3 is second to none in it's class, any many that are not in the class.

        Also, how exactly is ride "substantial?" Don't you need to discuss ride in terms of firm, soft, etc? I have no idea what you are talking about when you say the ride is substantial.
          • 6 Years Ago
          I appreciate the lesson in automotive counterparts. I had no idea what cars the Rabbit was up against. If you're done with the condescension and want to better ascertain what was meant by "substantial", then go read a review or drive it yourself. I'm not going to describe it in adjectives and hyperbole. It doesn't drive like a Japanese car, period. Yes, I have driven the Speed3. Yes, it has power, and it's affordable power, but affordable power has NEVER accused of being refined regardless of what class of car it's in. Engines can be tuned and upgraded (the GTI's 2.0T can get well past 300hp) so the issue of power is a moot point because it's easy to make more. What the Speed3 doesn't have (and something which is much harder to match) is the level of chassis refinement found in the GTI. The Speed3 is rough around the edges and at the limit whereas the VW is smooth, composed, and quiet. I have taken both to the limit and that kind of chassis, to me, is worth the extra money.

          What was meant by my original post is that I am glad to hear that the refinements to the new model's chassis are already being compared to those of the GTI by the automotive press. It is a great compliment, and not a shot across the nose at Mazda, so don't get your dander all up. I would take a Mazda over any other Japanese brand without hesitation, but I would also take any German car over a Japanese car as well. That doesn't mean I like Mazda any less.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That was useful... The video of the car looks exactly like the still pictures except now the wheels appear to be spinning.

      Come on Mazda, this isn't the successor to the 911. Put out a little more detail and pictures before people lose interest. This is an economy sedan that most enthusiasts don't care about.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm saying, this is just another econobox reveal. It is bigger news when Porsche does a "redesign" on the 911 since that is an iconic car with legendary status. The 911 warrants a long drawn out tease process when revealing it. The Mazda 3 ... not so much. Just show us the damn car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Weird post...given the fact that no one ever claimed it to be the successor to the 911. Esp. Mazda. But you know what though? This is the car which ACTUALLY does get the attention of most enthusiasts because unlike the O.C-dwelling cell-phone totting poseurs who drive the most 911s, this vehicle can easily be purchased by anyone who loves cars because it allows you to experience the thrill of a good driving machine outside of staring at that 911 wallpaper on the computer.

        So in a way...this car has more impact on the mass market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it! Looks very futuristic, like a car you would see in a cyberpunk novel or a film, and the RX-8 cues in the front are cool!

      First the new 6, then the restyled Miata, and now this. Mazda is on fire!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like it. I think it has a unique look, and is aggressive but not obnoxious.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love this car more everytimei see it!

      Would've been nice if the video was longer, I'll take what i can get though...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah I agree with fleecy.

      I want those 12 seconds of my life back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this vehicle is going to turn out like a movie. Many are going to have their opinions about it, but I'll have to see for myself...and from what I see in the previews, it looks good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nothing really new. The design is growing on me, but I want to see shots of it that aren't angled and a unobstructed front shot to see how that new fascia looks. Its hard to tell if I like it when the picture is at an angle and there is a license plate blocking it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look very nice!
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