Mazda Mazda3 5-Door Models and Mazda3 5-Door History
For 2004, Mazda infused a charming sense of excitement into their compact lineup. Previously known as the 323 hatchback, the 2004 Mazda3 5-Door demonstrated a high level of practicality embedded into a pleasing sporty shape. Originally offered only with a single trim level powered by a 160-horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder powerplant, the Mazda3 5-Door gained the Grand Touring (GT) model for 2006. Leather seating and HID headlights were included on the 2006 Mazda3 5-Door that served as the top-tiered model until the following year. For 2007, the MazdaSpeed3 high-performance compact added a sport-tuned suspension, large brakes and was prominently propelled by a 263-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter engine. Produced from 2007 to 2013, the MazdaSpeed3 was exclusively available with the five-door hatchback model. Alongside a four-door sedan, the Mazda3 5-Door lineup was modernized in 2010 equipped with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant and wearing a front end featuring Mazda's smiley face grille. Gaining influence from Mazda's new SkyActiv technology in 2012 resulting in potent direct injection engines, the Mazda3 5-Door was completely refreshed in 2014 utilizing the characteristics of the brand's KODO design language. Receiving a minor exterior refresh highlighted by a new front end and rear bumper, the 2017 Mazda3 5-Door hatchback now employs the auto brand's G-Vectoring Control technology as standard on all trim levels.