2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Consumer Review: Jack of all trades
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Jack of all trades
By Craig on

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2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

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I have owned many performance cars:91MR2,02Miata,03WRX,05STI and this is closest to the STI for performance. I bought the car because I wanted a car that could be fast and practical, and this fits the bill perfectly. For a FWD car this has to be one of the best. Handling is fantastic and torque steer is perfectly manageable. The front diff pulls you into corners instead of pushing you out of them. The stability electronics are perfectly calibrated to handle the car’s power along with the limited slip diff. I can get from 19mpg city to over 30mpg highway. This car has a DISI engine (Direct Injection) that is very versatile, capable of delivering good power or MPG depending on how you drive.

Best Features

DISI (Direct Injection) engine and Hitachi/Warner K04 turbo. Super Torsen Limited Slip Diff. Torque Management/TC/DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) most of the time its helpful in preventing unwanted wheel spin. 18” Wheels and tires are nice and perform very well. Aux audio input and 2nd jack for MP3.

Worst Features

No turbo sounds from the stock intake and I like to hear my turbo “whoosh”. Shifter bushings would be nice. Brakes emit excessive dust and make the wheels black between washes. Tail pipe also is perpetually black because DISI engine runs rich.
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