The result came as no surprise, as the Mazdaspeed 3 is one of our absolute favorites, and a multiple winner. The Speed3 does not have this problem. And before my son gets his car he will have to pry my fingers off of the steering wheel. Show full review Vehicle Overview The Mazdaspeed3 is Mazda's pocket rocket. Red stitching and highlights are perfectly presented. Exterior The Mazdaspeed3 has widened front fenders, a large supplemental grille in the front bumper, rectangular fog lamps and ground effects.
Absolutely no doubt that the Speed3 had performance, comfort, design features and space advantages over the other three. All of the instrumentation is simple, convenient and easy to reach while driving - except the radio. It's a very under rated car and so I'm so glad to have the opportunity to own one. It handles like a charm, and the engine purrs like music. Fun to drive, good exaust note, and very sleeper design. The interior is top notch.
Verdict The Mazda 3 is a refined small car with a rich interior that behaves like a well-tuned sports sedan. The five-door hatchback is available only with the larger engine. Launched in 2004 and available as a sedan or a five-door hatchback, the Mazda 3 is built on the second-generation European Ford Focus platform; the U. Performance driving is more enjoyable with the larger 2. The s four-door sedan and five-door hatchback include a 2. For those seeking an excellent balance of fuel economy and speed, the sportier s versions will fit the bill. Getting in and out of the car is easy even for me.
Your only regret will be if your radar detector doesn't warn you soon enough. Ended up being a mis-fire in cylinder 4. The only constructive feedback I can give is to put synthetic oil because the turbo burns oil fast and it would nice if it was all wheel drive, but for the price point I'm not complaining at all. The second generation will MazdaSpeed3 use the same 2. Backed exclusively by a six-speed manual transmission, power flows through a limited-slip differential to the front wheels. Thanks goes to Mazda for making the Speed 3 practical too. The only thing I think the car lacks is a sunroof, but it didn't effect my decision to buy it after the first test drive.
I have owned everything from diesel trucks to zo6 corvettes. Moving up to the sportier s model yields a larger 2. I like the solid feel of all the controls too. Exterior The Mazdaspeed3 has widened front fenders, a large supplemental grille in the front bumper, rectangular fog lamps and ground effects. The engine and mechanicals are the same on both trims.
At the very top of the lineup is the Mazdaspeed 3 that boasts a turbocharged direct-injection 2. The direct-injected four spins out 263 hp and an amazing 280 lb-ft of torque. The clutch engages just off of the floor so you can shift heel-toe. Touring and Sport come well equipped with power windows and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It's easy to stay in second or third gear in rush hour traffic. The back seat can be a little cramped for tall passengers.
We did criticize it for excessive torque steer, a product of sending 263 horsepower through the front wheels. We particularly like the styling and practicality of the five-door version, which only comes as an s model. Introduction The smallest car that Mazda sells in the U. The new Mazda3 series takes a significant step ahead in both the realms of driving performance and environmental technology to lead the way toward a new generation of motoring. The liftgate incorporates a high-mounted spoiler with an integrated brake light.
Highlights and Recommendations For most buyers, the 2. For all-out performance with a dose of wagon-like practicality, we say opt for the Mazdaspeed 3. Some of the sportier versions, like the s and the Mazdaspeed 3, may prove to be too extreme for some, but for enthusiasts they will prove satisfying. The hatch is great and lifts out of the way and the rear seats fold down for plenty of cargo space if you need it. Aside from the larger engine, the s models get more standard equipment. Touring gets standard stability control and traction control.
The only draw back is the torque steer when you really want to get on the gas. Because it's a hatch, the car is a tad shorter than its sedan-based competition. The performance in the Speed3 costs thousands more in other cars. In a of six compact cars, the Mazda 3 s Touring finished well, coming in second place behind the Volkswagen Rabbit and ahead of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, and the Nissan Sentra. The five-door model allows you to lug around bulky items that would not easily fit in the sedan's trunk. The steering wheel and shifter boot have red stitching, and aluminum pedals are standard.