Road and wind noise are minimal; that lawnmower exhaust intrudes instead. It reminds me more than anything of a small hunting dog. Verdict The Mazda 3 and the Mazdaspeed 3 are firm favorites with Car and Driver editors. It hustles on the highway as well. My only complaints are that the shifter is rubbery. A cargo cover is included and a net is optional. The 2013 model year was the final year of production for this generation of Mazdaspeed3 vehicles.
It turns this little number into a miniature roller coaster ride all unto itself, with the lag hitting you in the same part of the gut as that first drop on the coaster. Fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and side and curtain airbags are among the upgrades over the i Touring. Lots of room for 4 adults. The 6-speed manual is a little vague, but some aftermarket shifter-bushings can fix that up easily. Cargo Strip away the thrilling turbo engine, and the Mazdaspeed3 is still a four-door hatchback. Very unhappy with how shady the dealership was.
This car shines in the ergonomics department as well. Additionally, the steering wants to stay on center too much. Pressing down through this hesitation allows the brakes to catch fully. Fuel economy has been just okay for me over the lifetime of the car. Its so minimal in first and second, I wish they did not tame it so much aftermarket calling.
Mazda did well not to change too much here. I have had my car since it was new in 2008. It's proven to be equal parts dependable and raucous. This speed is supposed to be cheap, after all. No other sport compact on the market has this kind of usability, and that may sway drivers looking for responsible fun. Send David an Hide full review. The Grand Touring version adds rain-sensing wipers, high-intensity-discharge headlamps, and an uplevel Bose stereo.
This is a fun, little car that you can still drive daily. Introduction The Mazda 3 has been a solid success for the Japanese company since it went on sale in the U. The five-door model allows you to lug around bulky items that would not easily fit in the sedan's trunk. The dealer knew which car we specifically wanted to drive and had it ready. The Mazdaspeed3 is a performance-enhanced version of the 5-door. This is routed through the front wheels rather than the complex system found on the Mazdaspeed Atenza. I drove 2 hours for the truck.
With the rear seats up, there was plenty of room to stow luggage on a weekend trip. The optional automatic transmission features a quick shift from first to second gear for a faster response, making even steep hills no threat to rapid acceleration. So, what are you waiting for? A bit too much plastic on the dash, but I can live with it. This makes small changes in steering angle difficult to make. While practical doesn't get the headlines, being able to be practical and infuse a high element of fun into the drive does. The s four-door sedan and five-door hatchback include a 2.
The interior is very nice and well equipped. Tons of trunk space for a compact hatch. To see what details are different this year, check out a of the two model years. Handles great even for a front wheel drive car, and torque steer shows up in 1st and 2nd even though they are limited but if you hold the car steady its fine. It was a complete waste of time. Other safety features include head restraints, a tire monitor, and a security system.
We were so impressed the car still look as new. These are optional on the i Sport and i Touring models, bundled with the anti-lock brakes that are standard on the s and Mazdaspeed models, albeit for a fairly reasonable price. Notre vérification du kilométrage du véhicule permet d'assurer aux acheteurs qu'aucune reprogrammation du compteur kilométrique n'a eu lieu. Once Cobb comes out with their Accessport, it will be a whole new ballgame! There's added grip for better turn-in, tighter chassis control, lots more power-and, yes, unwelcome torque steer. Call it silly, but one of the tipping points for me is that the Speed3 is a good looking, but subtly styled car. The 2008 Mazdaspeed3 brings competitive driving performance with a sharp exterior design and practical affordability. Two features missing from an otherwise well-planned interior are a rear hatch release switch and a retained power feature, the latter necessary to operate the power windows after the key is removed from the ignition.
It is great for scooting around town and pulling on highways and steep grades. This front-wheel drive compact hatchback packs a punch in its turbocharged 2. One of the cars was being sold as we arrived - luck of the draw! I use this vehicle on a daily basis with a 120 mile round trip commute. This is a no-frills machine, and the regular Mazda3 already sports an attractive interior for a compact car. The vehicle is and powered by a 2. One distracted move while trying to find your destination could land you in neutral or the wrong gear. And the price is still very reasonable.