• Jan 23, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of the Mazda3 five-door hatchback from Detroit

In a bit of good news for those currently in the market for a new compact car, Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda's North American Operations, says that the redesigned 2010 Mazda3 is just now starting to show up in U.S. ports and is on schedule for a March sale date. That's also great news for Mazda, as the 3 is its best selling model in North America and is expected to help prop up lagging sales. As before, the new Mazda3 will be available in both sedan and hatchback form, with the choice of a 2.0L four-cylinder that offers 148 hp and 135 lb-ft of torque and a larger 2.5L four with 167 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. In other news, O'Sullivan says that Mazda will not offer Ford's latest hybrid system in the firm's midsize 6 due to high cost considerations.


[Source: Wards]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 35 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      i will need some time to soak in the smilely face on the new 3. i like they interior, but exterior-wise, it's a missed opportunity.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why does the 2.5 Liter make more horsepower and get better fuel efficiency in the Ford Fusion? I thought Mazda was the performance brand?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny, I always thought the 5 door looked better than the sedan on the current models. However, I don't like the look of the new Matrix-looking 5 door at all. Minus the hideous front end, the sedan is less ugly than the 5 door on the new models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      every time i see the front it reminds me of that movie "cars". Sure the Mazda 3 is probably still the best looking car in its class, but they shouldn't get so comfortable that they allow Pixar to update their vehicles
        • 5 Years Ago
        Someone needs to market add-on teeth you can add to complete the "Cars" look...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw it in San Francisco already during a commercial shoot...why does it need all that grillage? It looks like someone got crazy with the smudge tool in photoshop.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In pictures this vehicle is probably the biggest styling disappointment of the past year. The 2008 mazda 3 was a great driver with great styling at a great price. This is probably priced and drives okay, but that grill would turn my stomach every time I go to the garage. It is horrible.

      I'll reserve final judgement till I see it in person, preferably in black to hide that thing, but somehow I can't imagine it ever looking good. If it has to smile, at least give it an evil menacing grin.
      giggles123
      • 5 Years Ago
      this looks like a car the smurfs would drive
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's the new DYNAMIC STYLING (tm), from Mazda. Are you curious why it's always smiling? Because someone is taking a picture!

      Imagine. You're driving down the street, but you decide you must pass the person in front of you. You downshift, turn, and pass. Meanwhile, the DYNAMIC STYLING (tm) transforms the grin you see here into a menacing scowl.

      Or perhaps you're making an emergency stop. The car notices this, and the DYNAMIC STYLING (tm) feature transforms the front fascia of the car into a very surprised :O-face.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If things go well for Mazda later, they'll be showing you their :-O face.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Darn, I guess they are gonna unleash this smiley thing on the streets. Was kind of waiting for April First for a big announcement regarding the real design.

      Oh well...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I find it amazing a 2010 can be sold March of 2009.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now lets see how it looks with something that mazda didn't even consider while designing the car.

      http://img162.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mazda3th4.png

      Ah yes, now not only is it a wide grin, it's a bucktoothed wide grin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the space ship in that '80's move "Heavy Metal". Any Plutonian nyborg in the trunk?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So whats with the incredibly meager HP bump with the extra 200cc's?

      Thought it'd be a bit more... IDK?
        • 5 Years Ago
        probably got a torque bump and slightly better fuel economy both via a milder cam and because the torque requires less shifting...
    • Load More Comments