2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3

Base FWD 5-Dr Hatchback I4 man trans

Base FWD 5-Dr Hatchback I4 man trans

2011 mazda mazdaspeed3 Reviews and News

2011 Mazdaspeed3 Front View
It's clear why we selected the Mazdaspeed 3 (along with the base Mazda 3) as an All-Star for 2010: the direct steering and crisp handling alone put it in the very upper echelon of sport compact cars, alongside the Volkswagen GTI and the Mini Cooper S. Still, I could never bring myself to buy a Mazdaspeed3 for two primary reasons: ridiculous torque steer (yes, I know it's slightly less severe than the previous-gen car) and an incredibly stiff and overly notchy gearbox. I thought that maybe this test car's gearbox hadn't yet been broken in, but the car has about 2500 miles on the odometer.
2011 Mazdaspeed3 Front View
I agree with Rusty. Although I applaud Mazda for offering this hard-core compact, the Mazdaspeed3's violent torque steer and notchy shifter tend to overshadow all the things that put the standard 3 at the top of its class-precise steering, excellent ride and handling balance, great packaging. If you don't mind an arm-wrestling match every time you get behind the wheel, though, the Speed3's 263-hp, turbo four is an absolute blast.
- Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
2011 Mazdaspeed3 Rear Static
It's a shame Mazda didn't decide to offer all-wheel-drive on the Mazdaspeed3. Not only would this allow the hot hatch to put down all of its power all of the time, it would also potentially pull in buyers from snowbelt states who worry about big power and front-wheel-drive in the snow. The Volkswagen GTI doesn't have the torque steer that seems to define the Mazdaspeed3, but it also doesn't have nearly as much power when you jump on the gas at highway speeds. As it stands, I might be inclined to take a Mazdaspeed3 over a GTI just to have something a little different. I see a lot of GTIs running around and hardly ever a Mazdaspeed3.
- Phil Floraday, Senior Web Editor
2011 Mazdaspeed3 Front Static
Power isn't everything. Although the turbocharged, intercooled 2.3-liter four nestled under the Mazdaspeed3's hood cranks out a whopping 261 horsepower, it doesn't exactly make this vehicle an absolute blast. Instead, it tends to spoil a near-perfect, front-wheel-drive platform with gobs of torque steer. All-wheel-drive, as Phil Floraday suggests, could provide a solution, but the two-piece Revoknuckle front struts in the 3's distant cousin, the Ford Focus RS, could possibly be a quick and less expensive solution.
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Certified Pre-Owned 2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Pricing

Certified Pre Owned Price
$17,950

Used 2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Values / Pricing

Suggested Retail Price
$23,700

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Base FWD 5-Dr Hatchback I4
18 MPG City | 25 MPG Hwy
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2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
Base FWD 5-Dr Hatchback I4
263hp

2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.3L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
Horsepower:
263 hp @ 5500rpm
Torque:
280 ft lb of torque @ 3000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
2
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3

Depreciation
21.3%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$8,232
21.3%
Insurance
$7,585
19.6%
Fuel Cost
$13,197
34.2%
Financing
$2,022
5.2%
Maintenance
$4,427
11.5%
Repair Costs
$2,802
7.3%
State Fees
$357
0.9%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $38,622 What's This?
Value Rating: Poor