By Turbo69 on
Vehicle2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
ReviewI've had my MS3 since 4/09, and have loved every minute of it. It's practical, as well as very quick and fast. Few cars will stay w/ this one, esp on the highway. Its turbo 2.3 puts out some serious power. Brakes are firm and very effective. Handling is xlnt (but you MUST get snow tires in the winter, as the OEM summer tires have ZERO grip in any freezing precip. Scary). The 6-speed shifts smoothly, and the clutch has a progressive take- up (although a bit of slippage is sometimes necess). Seats are great. Trip computer is handy. MPG is 30-32 on the highway, mid 20's in town. Did I mention that thing hauls? I've blasted past unsuspecting Ford GT's, Ferraris, Porsches, etc. :o)
Best FeaturesTerrific turbo engine; Supportive front seats; xlnt HID headlights; smooth 6-speed; solid brakes; xlnt handling; practical; FAST!
Worst FeaturesWould be even better if it were rear- wheel drive; cartridge-style oil filter is a bit tough to change (requires a special wrench)
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