The Speed 3 also handled the cold well, starting without trouble after sitting for a day in subzero temperatures, and it always was quick to provide hot air to the cabin. But on the lower end, Mazda leads the pack -- at the racetrack and in suburbia. But most people will be very pleased with the included audio, as this Bose system faithfully reproduces music. Drive it like you stole it!! Our red Mazdaspeed3 showcased Mazda's , a design language teased in concepts over countless car shows, but finally realized here in the sensuous curves that line fenders and hood to outline the evil grin from the grille. From what you remember, does the 2nd gen car drop off slightly later at all? Second gear and on feel identical to the previous gen with power falling off sharply around 6k but still plenty of power until then.
Executive editor Mark Gillies disagreed with our assessment of the seat, complaining of discomfort after just a couple of hours. Primary Use: Commuting to work For The Money, Its The Best Performance Bargain. Depending on what its being compared to, will determine the rating. As crazy as it sounds, I feel like the regular 3 hatch is more unique than the Speed when each car is taken in its context. My biggest complaint about this car, however, is also in the transmission. One complaint about the Mazdaspeed3 I hear over and over — the torque steer.
Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Probably in the name of more linear power delivery. The Speed 3, of course, also offers a 96-hp advantage, which is desirable but results in fairly extreme torque steer that tugs at the steering wheel. Boost has always been limited, I guess they limited it a little more this time around. The base car is more enjoyable to toss around; its rear end is far more willing to come around the Speed 3 has become an understeer-only proposition , and its limits are lower and more attainable on public roads. With the twisties coming up I figured it would really shine and prove it has the soul of a sports car. This is the perfect car for you guys with car seats like me! The best part is that it's really fun to drive, especially in the automatic with manual sport mode.
Under power, steering still gives unsolicited suggestions to your cornering line, but this time the torque steer is less extroverted. It is the essence of what we do. The power here is prodigious. Plus, its comfortable ride, spacious interior cabin and large cargo hold make it practical for everyday use. The coilovers are ride-height fully adjustable with a ridiculous number of damper settings. This leads to a mundane push forward as the tachometer needle maybe hits 2,500rpm.
The recall began April 2017. Wow — I really like. And that means it remains a hot hatch with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine furiously spinning the front wheels. Little rotator Where the Mazdaspeed3 excels, and the peg on which its fans can hang their online arguments, is its handling. This is a common problem in front-drive cars with lots of power and relatively low curb weight, a problem Mazda attempted to address in its 2010 update of the Mazdaspeed 3 with, among other tweaks, heavier-duty half-shafts. I have never walked out to a parking lot and had trouble finding my car. The turbo delivers more linear power, the suspension is a little more matured, the brakes are superb.
Isn't the 2nd gen just a refinement of the 1st gen? The other way, and the method most people interested in the Mazdaspeed3 will use, involves putting the car in first, giving it throttle until the tachometer is well past 3,000, then dropping the clutch. I remember hearing reports that power dropped off before 6k in the first car. Hustle will cover for quite a few minor sins in our evaluations, and our 40,000-mile experience with this 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 makes an excellent case in point. The upgraded suspension alone is worthy of a 2009 to 2010 upgrade, especially if you take it to the track. It corners nicely with only a hair of body roll, but it was softer. Even though the figures remain unchanged, Mazda was able to get more out of the 2.
This method results in pure madness, as those 280 pound-feet of torque do their best to pull the front rubber loose from asphalt, a generally successful endeavor. I Have Enjoyed The Dependability Of The Mazda 3 — This car is a good transportation vehicle, used for local driving and occasional highway trips. The interior is roomy and the seats are comfortable. Not sure how you came to that conclusion. Mazda is a company that prides themselves on their racing heritages and promises the soul of a sports car in every car and I just didn't expect to get into their racing divisions version of a 3 and feel a Mazda6 like softness still nice but just different. I want to communicate with the road and I want to feel as if I'm needed on deck. However, this car is plenty comfortable for my family.
I love the way it looks inside and out. This is a remarkably low basic-maintenance tally for 40,000 miles. It should be on your shopping list if you're considering something sporty with a bit of practicality. The car is loads of fun to drive, accelerates, handles, and brakes much better than most of the cars on the road. The navigation is a little small, but nothing to complain about. Is the Speed 3 a bad car? Braking and handling are very good. Inspired by every modified car, ever.