Saturday, June 5, 2010

2010 MAZDASpeed3 Sport 5-Door Review

What kind of name is this for a vehicle? Did I miss a space in the title? Nope. This thing is called the Mazdaspeed3. This isn't exactly a new line, but it is an upgraded version that was released earlier in 2009 with the 2010 label on it. Say that and apidexin reviews 10 times fast.

The newest iteration of the Mazda 3 had an early model-year 2010 debut in 2009. It was significantly upgraded and restyled, but there was no immediate Mazdaspeed version. These things take time - and so the Mazdaspeed 3 is now available.

As before, it builds from the standard hatchback model, taking its exterior styling in an even sportier direction, upgrading the interior, and re-tuning the suspension to take advantage of the improved unibody structure. The engine is the familiar 2.3-liter turbocharged, intercooled, and direct fuel-injected four-cylinder of the last version, with a number of detail improvements for drivability and fuel economy. Power output is unchanged -- at 263 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, changes were not exactly needed. Transmission is anything you want, as long as it's a six-speed manual. This is a car for the involved driver, and it is a car that rewards involvement. With quick steering, a sensitive clutch, and massive low-end torque, it demands that attention is paid to driving, and rewards in kind. full review

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